Australia commits 600 troops to antiIS campaign

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday Australia would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates to join the US-led international coalition gearing up for war against Islamic State jihadists. Abbott´s announcement comes two days after Canberra lifted its terror alert level to “high” on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria. Abbott said the deployment... 

Australia raises terror alert level to ‘high’ on Mideast fears

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to “high” for the first time in a decade on growing concern about Australian extremists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria. The heightened alert after years on “medium” officially means a “terrorist attack is likely” and comes after repeated government warnings that attacks could happen. “There are people with the... 

Australia announce squads for Pakistan series

Posted by on Sep 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Left-arm spinner Steve O´Keefe and allrounder Mitchell Marsh were surprise inclusions Monday in Australia´s Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The uncapped duo were in a line-up that also includes allrounder Glenn Maxwell and the return of batsman Phil Hughes. Australia named their squads for the two Tests, three one-dayers and a Twenty20 match against Pakistan... 

Australia beat South Africa reach triangular series final

Posted by on Sep 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HARARE: An eye-catching all-round performance by Mitchell Marsh carried Australia to a 62-run victory over South Africa on Tuesday to secure their place in the triangular series final. Marsh struck a brutal 86 not out from 51 balls to boost the Australian total to 282 for seven, and then took two key wickets as South Africa were bowled out for 220 in 44 overs. Faf du Plessis´ brilliant 126 went in vain as none of his... 

Australia post 2827 against South Africa

Posted by on Sep 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HARARE: Mitchell Marsh hit a brutal unbeaten 86 as Australia posted 282 for seven in a crucial one-day triangular series game against South Africa in Harare on Tuesday. Australia were battling to increase their scoring rate when Marsh arrived at the crease, but the all rounder struck seven sixes in a 51-ball innings to help his side take 94 runs from the last eight overs. Marsh´s big hitting included three successive... 

Australia lose ODI to Zimbabwe after 31 years

Posted by on Sep 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HARARE: Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe recorded a famous three-wicket victory over No. 1-ranked Australia in a one-day triangular series match in Harare on Sunday for only their second win over their opponents in 31 years. Chigumbura finished on 52 not out and shared an unbroken stand of 55 with Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe chased down a target of 210 to win with two overs to spare. Zimbabwe´s... 

Clarke to return for Australia in Harare ODI

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HARARE: Australia captain Michael Clarke will return to action for Sunday´s triangular series match against hosts Zimbabwe after recovering from a hamstring strain, Cricket Australia said. Clarke will bat at number three as Steve Smith sits out with Phil Hughes retained as opener.Clarke admitted Smith would feel hurt by his omission. “He hasn´t had much of an opportunity in this series batting at six and seven,... 

Australia to free some detained asylumseeker children

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: A number of asylum-seeker children held in Australian mainland detention centres are to be released, officials said Tuesday, although hundreds of others will remain locked up in offshore camps. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said “a large number” of the children and their families would be given bridging visas allowing them to live in the community, attend school and have access to health and... 

Broad agenda as Kerry arrives in Australia for talks

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sydney Monday for annual talks with close ally Australia, which an official said will range from the crisis in Iraq to security issues in Asia. The centrepiece of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) on Tuesday is expected to be the signing of the framework for the rotational deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines through the northern... 

Australia ‘offered asylumseekers lifeboats to go to India’

Posted by on Aug 04, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group said Monday. The boatload of 157, who lawyer Hugh de Kretser said were mostly Christian Tamils fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka, set sail from India hoping to get to Australia. “The clients we spoke to were absolutely terrified at what lay ahead for... 
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