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Sydney cafe siege probe 'advanced'

Sydney cafe siege probe 'advanced'

The investigation into the police raid which ended a 16-hour siege in a Sydney cafe is well advanced, the head of the New South Wales police has said. Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he believed officers made "absolutely the right call" in storming the cafe. Two hostages and gunman Man Haron Monis were killed during the...

Sydney cafe siege probe begins

Sydney cafe siege probe begins

An investigation has been launched into the police operation which ended a siege in a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Two people died, along with the gunman, as police commandos stormed the cafe in Martin Place in the heart of Sydney early on Tuesday morning. The victims have named in the media as cafe manager Tori...

Sydney hostages: Gunman identified as Iranian

Sydney hostages: Gunman identified as Iranian

The gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been identified as an Iranian refugee who was on bail facing a number of charges. Man Haron Monis, who was granted political asylum in Australia, was described by his former lawyer as an isolated figure, who was acting alone. Police say they will maintain central...

SYDNEY HOSTAGE CRISIS

Police storm siege building

Police storm siege building

Heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in Sydney where a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee has been holding dozens of people hostage. Paramedics carrying stretchers raced towards the cafe moments after a volley of loud bangs and flashes. Central Sydney has been in lockdown since the gunman seized the hostages early on Monday...

Aussies dictate terms

Aussies dictate terms

David Warner's second century put Australia in control of the first Test against India but umpires twice had to intervene as tempers flared in Adelaide yesterday. Warner's batting again caused trouble for India, scoring 102 to go with his emotional first-day 145 as Australia built a healthy lead in the first of the four-Test series. At the close, the Australians had extended their overall lead to 363 runs at 290 for five, with an overnight declaration expected. First-innings centurion Steve Smith was 52 not out and Brad Haddin was on 14. The home side went after runs late in the day and Mitchell Marsh clubbed leg-spinner Karn Sharma for three sixes and...

Kohli hits defiant ton

Kohli hits defiant ton

Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli survived a fearsome blow on the helmet from a Mitchell Johnson bouncer as he scored a defiant century to keep India in the first Test against Australia Thursday. Kohli was heavily struck by the first ball he faced from Johnson, briefly setting nerves jangling following last month's freak death of...

Six uncapped in WI probables

Six uncapped players were named in the West Indies' 30-man provisional squad on Tuesday for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year. Left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, 30-year-old leg-spinner Imran Khan, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, teenage fast bowler Marquino Mindley, and left-handed batsmen Evin Lewis and Jonathan Carter are the new names. However, there was no place for experienced right-arm fast bowler Ravi Rampaul who has played 90 one-day internationals and taken 115 wickets. The squad will be cut to 15...

I could have been Hughes: Mark Vermeulen

I could have been Hughes: Mark Vermeulen

If Phillip Hughes was fatally unlucky to be killed by a single blow of a cricket ball, then Mark Vermeulen is fortunate to still be alive. The Zimbabwe batsman was struck on the head on three different occasions during his career, twice sustaining a fractured skull. The consequences included depression, temporary insanity, an arson attack...

Tributes for Hughes at first Australia-India Test

Tributes for Hughes at first Australia-India Test

Australia are playing India in the first Test in Adelaide - in an emotion-charged game following the death of Phillip Hughes. The Australian players entered the ground wearing Hughes' Test cap No 408 on their shirts and black armbands to honour their former teammate. Spectators were then asked to stand for 63 seconds of applause...

State memorial for Hughes cancelled

State memorial for Hughes cancelled

A state memorial service for cricketer Phillip Hughes has been cancelled. Australia batsman Hughes, 25, died in hospital two days after being struck by a ball in a domestic game last month. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said the decision followed consultation with Cricket Australia and Hughes's family. He added: "All parties felt that given...

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