• 14 Australians untraceable after Himalayan blizzard
    3:06 PM

    Sydney, Oct 17 (IANS) Fourteen Australians are still untraceable after they were trapped in an avalanche in Nepal on Tuesday. Family members and friends are concerned after they have not been able to contact the trekkers following the blizzard that killed at least 27 people, the Sydney Morning Herald reported

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  • Australian jets kill IS fighters in airstrikes
    1:06 PM

    Canberra, Oct 17 (IANS) Australian jets have carried out at least two airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants, out of a total of 43 sorties by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), officials said Friday. It is not known how many IS fighters died in the attacks, although defence officers said

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  • Australian indoor cricket teams aim to continue World Cup domination
    12:54 PM

    Melbourne, Oct 17 (IANS) Australia’s best indoor cricketers will aim to maintain their unbeaten World Cup record when the 2014 World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup that begins in New Zealand Sunday. The week-long tournament (Oct 19-25) is held every three years, with Australia taking on the best from

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  • Australia urges citizens to leave Iraq
    5:58 AM

    Sydney, Oct 17 (IANS) As the Islamic State (IS) advances near Baghdad, the Australian government has urged its citizens to flee the Iraqi capital. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned Australians Thursday not to travel to Iraq, Xinhua reported. “We advise against travel to all of Iraq, including

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  • Hockey Australia’s Tricia resigns
    5:24 PM

    Melbourne, Oct 16 (IANS) Hockey Australia (HA) high performance director Tricia Heberle Thursday announced her decision to resign from the role. “It is difficult to leave a sport and role that gives you so much enjoyment and satisfaction. But it is the right decision for me and something that allows

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  • Australia waiting for legal guarantees to deploy soldiers in Iraq
    7:50 PM

    Sydney, Oct 15 (IANS/EFE) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday said he is waiting for legal guarantees in order to deploy some 200 soldiers of the special forces in Iraq as a part of the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “We owe it to our special forces

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  • India will face strong challenge in Australia: Watson
    1:20 PM

    Sydney, Oct 15 (IANS) Australian all-rounder Shane Watson Wednesday said that his team, with the support of the favourable home conditions, will hope to make life difficult for the visiting Indian cricket team when the two sides meet in a four-Test series starting Dec 4. India will play the first

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  • Australian Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker prize
    2:54 AM

    London, Oct 15 (IANS) The first Man Booker prize to allow American nominees was Tuesday night won by an Australian, with Richard Flanagan triumphing for a novel of love and war that tells the harrowing stories of prisoners and captors on the infamous Burma railway. Flanagan won for The Narrow

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  • Pilot avoids crowds before plane crashes in Australia
    7:24 PM

    Melbourne, Oct 14 (IANS) A pilot managed to navigate his falling plane away from crowds before crashing to death on to a house in a southeastern suburb of Melbourne Tuesday. The home-made single-engine light aircraft took off from the local Moorabbin airport but the scheduled return later in the day

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  • Australian PM ridiculed for promising to ‘shirtfront’ Putin
    6:05 PM

    Sydney, Oct 14 (IANS/EFE) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been ridiculed on social networks for using rugby terminology to say he would confront Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in which 38 Australians died. “I’m

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  • Australian electric car sets new world speed record
    5:46 PM

    Sydney, Oct 14 (IANS/EFE) An electric car made by Australian engineering students has reached a record speed of 106.9 km per hour (kph) over a distance of 500 km, becoming the fastest car of its type in the world, academic sources reported Tuesday. The record, set last July by the

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  • Australia to relax visa restrictions for skilled migrants
    10:35 AM

    Sydney, Oct 14 (IANS) The Australian government will relax visa restrictions for skilled migrants, in an effort to make the country more competitive. A temporary work visa, the 457 visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years. In a

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