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Australian mother charged with murder of eight children

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SYDNEY - An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them hers, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the city of Cairns. | Video

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Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup 21 Dec 2014

KARACHI - Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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Australia captain Smith fined for slow over rate 21 Dec 2014

- Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 60 percent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first test as skipper in a four-wicket victory in the second test against India in Brisbane.

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Australian PM Abbott reshuffles cabinet to focus on jobs, families 21 Dec 2014

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration programme and throwing out his gaffe-prone defence minister.

Australia call up uncapped Burns for Boxing Day test 21 Dec 2014

SYDNEY - Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of this week's third test against India in Melbourne with uncapped batsman Joe Burns coming into the 13-man squad to replace him.

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Morgan named England ODI captain, Cook dropped from squad 20 Dec 2014

LONDON - Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday.

Magic Johnson inspires Australia to second test win 20 Dec 2014

- Mitchell Johnson's brilliance with both bat and ball inspired Australia to a four-wicket second test victory over India and an unassailable 2-0 series lead at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home 19 Dec 2014

SYDNEY - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday for murder. | Video

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Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year 19 Dec 2014

NEW DELHI - Phillip Hughes's tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

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Cook out, Morgan in as England ODI captain - reports 19 Dec 2014

LONDON - Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.

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Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

TUNIS - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.