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Indian Ocean search for MH370 missing plane refined

Indian Ocean search for MH370 missing plane refined

Australia says the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the search area in the Indian Ocean. Officials said further refinement of satellite data found the plane may have turned south earlier than thought. The announcement came as Australia and Malaysia signed an agreement on the search's...

Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria. Abbott told parliament units in Sydney and Melbourne began operating last week. They had already intercepted at least one person of interest, he said. Meanwhile Australia's top spy says that 15 Australians...

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors. The notices were the result of an inadvertent change...

Australia sends asylum-seekers to Nauru

Some 157 asylum-seekers who were detained at sea for weeks by Australia have been sent to the Pacific island of Nauru after rejecting a return to India, officials said yesterday. The group, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka and including 50 children, left the Indian port of Pondicherry in June but were intercepted by Australian authorities and held on a Customs ship for weeks. They were eventually brought to the Australian mainland so they could be interviewed by...

Pakistan Head for Sri Lanka

Target top spot

 Skipper Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis Saturday said they were aiming for Pakistan to claim the top Test spot as they left for a Test and one-day series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan, currently third in the Test rankings, briefly attained world number two in 2006 but have never been number one. Misbah said Pakistan could take the top spot if they won in Sri Lanka and against Australia in October. "We have a very good chance and it's a big...

Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

Australia, Netherlands start to secure crash site

A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators walked the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down as their governments prepared police detachments that will try to protect the crash area and help bring the last of the victims home. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country was ready to...

Tigers to be based in Brisbane

Bangladesh will play a total of four practice matches in Australia before they begin their 50-over World Cup campaign, set to begin in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 next year. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send the national team 12 days ahead of the start of the mega event. The Tigers will leave on January 26 next year for Brisbane. “The official practice matches for the World Cup will begin on February 6. But we are...

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Russia must cooperate in jet inquiry: Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday called for an independent, international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine and demanded Russia's full cooperation. Abbott repeated his assertion that all evidence suggests that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists, using...

Australia court blocks migrants' return to Sri Lanka

Australia court blocks migrants' return to Sri Lanka

The Australian government's attempt to return 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka has been blocked by the high court. The move comes after Australia confirmed on Monday it had returned 41 people to Sri Lanka after screening their asylum claims at sea on Sunday. Politicians and rights campaigners say the asylum seekers, who include Tamils,...

Alba lays into journo

Spain's World Cup ended in recrimination and accusation when the full-back Jordi Alba confronted a journalist and told him: “I'll rip your head off.” As he was leaving the Arena da Baixada after the 3-0 win over Australia through the mixed zone where journalists gather to speak to players, Alba passed in front of Javier Gomez Matallanas, a reporter for the sports daily AS. Without stopping he said: “Next time I'll rip your head off.” Matallanas expressed his surprise to which...

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