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Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs

SYDNEY: Australia’s lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties. In April, Turnbull said Australia would abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with…

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Australian blogger expresses fascination for Pakistan in travelogue during visit

A blogger from Australia wrote his experiences in Pakistan in a travelogue on a cricket website. Dennis Freedman, a resident of Melbourne, visited Pakistan and jotting down his experiences in a travelogue names “Dennis Does Pakistan”. He stated that he is visiting Pakistan to explore what the country looks like and is it really what…

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India-Australia final T20 abandoned

HYDERABAD: The third and deciding Twenty20 international between India and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled after officials called off play due to a wet outfield in Hyderabad Friday. India skipper Virat Kohli and Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner shared the honours with the series ending drawn 1-1. Intermittent rain over the past…

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Wet outfield delays India-Australia 3rd T20

Wet outfield due to intermittent rain in Hyderabad delayed the toss of the third and deciding Twenty20 international between India and Australia on Friday. The toss was due to take place at 6.30pm (1300 GMT), but was delayed as groundstaff worked to dry up wet patches at the Uppal Stadium. Umpires will hold an inspection…

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Australia tightens English requirements for foreign students

SYDNEY: Australia is tightening English language requirements for foreign students in what it said Thursday is a bid to improve standards across the country’s Aus$28 billion ($22 billion) international education market. There are more than 550,000 international students in Australia, according to government data, which lists the lucrative sector as the country’s third-largest export earner….

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Wahab Riaz speaks about hostile bowling spell to Shane Watson

DUBAI: Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz spoke about the hostile bowling against Australia’s Shane Watson in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Samaa reported. In an interview to ICC 360, Riaz recalled the exchange of words between him and Australian players Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc when he was batting in the quarter final of…

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Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

SYDNEY: About 30 gigabytes of data was stolen in the cyber attack, including details of the Joint Strike Fighter warplane and P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane, according to a presentation on the hack by a government official. “Fortunately the data that has been taken is commercial data, not military data … it’s not classified information,” Defence…

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India reassures Aussies after rock thrown at cricket team bus

\ GUWAHATI: India’s sports minister Wednesday sought to reassure Australia’s cricketers about their safety after a rock shattered a window on the bus taking them to their hotel after a series-levelling win in the second Twenty20 international. The incident in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati was the second in two months, after Cricket Australia…

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Australian team bus attacked in India

HYDERABAD: Australian cricket team touring India was attacked with a rock after the team’s victory in a Twenty20 match against the host nation on Tuesday. Australian cricketer Aaron Finch, who is part of the visiting team, shared a picture of the brick attack on micro-blogging website Twitter. “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the…

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Behrendorff helps Australia level T20 series

Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff led an inspired bowling effort to help Australia down India by eight wickets in the second Twenty20 international and level the series in Guwahati on Tuesday. Behrendorff, playing his second match after making his debut in Ranchi last week, claimed four wickets to bowl out India for 118 before the visitors…

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Football: Australia end Syria’s fairytale run in play-offs

Veteran striker Tim Cahill scored deep into extra time to take Australia a big step closer to next year’s World Cup and end war-torn Syria’s fairytale run in the play-offs on Tuesday. Cahill, 37, cancelled out Omar al-Soma’s opener in the first half before he leapt to head Australia’s precious second goal in the 109th…

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Racism turned me away from backing Australia teams – Khawaja

Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said being racially vilified when he was growing up in Sydney led him to support other countries rather than back Australian sports teams. The Pakistan-born 30-year-old said in a blog post that racial abuse was widespread on the playing field during his junior days and blamed it for curtailing the…

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Epic world solar car race begins in Australia

NEWS DESK: An epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across the desert heart of Australia designed to showcase new technology that could one day help develop commercial vehicles got underway Sunday, reported AFP. The World Solar Challenge, first run in 1987 and last held in 2015, began in a high-tech, futuristic flurry from Darwin’s State…

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Australia captain Smith leaves India tour

RANCHI, India: Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday left his country’s tour of India because of a shoulder injury, the team announced. The 28-year-old batsman’s injury is a new blow to Australia as they lost the one-day series in India and are preparing for a key Ashes series against England in two months. They play…

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Cricket: Stokes will not be on Ashes flight: ECB

LONDON: Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision has been taken on his involvement in the Ashes, cricket chiefs said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended, along with Alex Hales, from internationals…

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PAK vs SL : 2nd Test Preview

Pakistan will have plenty of questions to answer in their day-night test against the Sri Lankans. In a series many expected them to win comfortably, Pakistan continued their long-standing tradition of collapsing on the fifth day in the first test of the series and can now only manage another unsatisfying draw, at best.   Pakistan’s…

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Starc issues warning to England ahead of Ashes

SYDNEY: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage caused by Mitchell Johnson four years ago when Australia unleash their pace attack in the upcoming Ashes Tests. A fully firing Australian attack looks formidable, with spearhead Starc returning this week from a foot injury to vie for a place with…

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Nishan-e-Haider hockey tournament begins in Karachi today

KARACHI: Nishan-e-Haider hockey tournament begins in Karachi on Wednesday. Four international hockey players from Argentina and seven players from Australia have reached Karachi to take part in the tournament. Eleven teams of various organizations from all over the country are taking part in the event.

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Cats kill 1 million birds a day in Australia

SYDNEY: Feral and pet cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research showed Wednesday, with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species, reported AFP. The study, published in the journal Biological Conversation, estimated that wild cats wiped out 316 million every year, while pets killed 61 million annually….

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Video: Ashura observed in Middle East, Europe, Australia

Millions of Muslims staged passionate mourning ceremonies in commemoration of the day in history that witnessed the martyrdom of the icon of sacrifice – Hazrat Imam Hussain Razi Allah ho Ta’ala Anho. Yaum-e-Ashur, the tenth of Moharram, was not only observed in the Muslim world but also in Europe where the faithful paid homage to…

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England have strength in depth for Ashes – Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow is confident that England have the batsmen to compete in the Ashes but admits they need to learn quickly as they plan for Australia not even knowing if star-allrounder Ben Stokes will be on the plane. England thumped West Indies by nine wickets on Friday to seal a 4-0 win in the one-day…

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