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Thailand versus Australia to go ahead, but no joy permitted

SYDNEY Australian football fans must tone down their dress and resist chanting or any "joyful activities" if they want to support the Socceroos at their World Cup qualifier with Thailand next month.

Macquarie closes its London oil and gas investment desk 12:09pm BST

LONDON Australia's top investment bank Macquarie Group has closed its London-based upstream oil and gas advisory after a sharp drop in global deal making in recent years, banking sources said on Friday.


Wallabies test not just another game, says All Blacks skipper 8:34am BST

WELLINGTON New Zealand captain Kieran Read has bitter experience of Australia snapping long All Blacks winning streaks and thinks the world champions have learned their lesson ahead of Saturday's clash in Auckland.

Pune to host first India-Australia test in 2017 7:56am BST

MUMBAI The western Indian city of Pune will stage its first test when the home side plays Australia in the opener of the four-match series starting February.


Australian shotgun row threatens to ignite political turbulence 7:21am BST

SYDNEY A debate over Australia's notoriously tight gun laws has opened up a dangerous rift in the ruling Liberal Party, pitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against the man he overthrew ahead of a key party gathering this weekend.


Australia drop Cooper for All Blacks test 6:48am BST

WELLINGTON Australia have dropped flyhalf Quade Cooper for Saturday's test against New Zealand at Eden Park, where the All Blacks will be going for a record 18th successive test victory.

Cycling - Orica-BikeExchange buoyed by 2017 Tour route 5:47am BST

MELBOURNE Australian pro cycling team Orica-BikeExchange believes Team Sky's stranglehold over the Tour de France may be loosened by the unconventional 2017 route and are relishing the prospect of a battle of "aggression" on the road.


Connors a Kyrgios choice as coach for hothead talent 20 Oct 2016

MELBOURNE American tennis great Jimmy Connors has put his hand up for one of the toughest coaching assignments in the world by offering to mentor Australia's wayward talent Nick Kyrgios.


Australia delay naming of side for All Blacks clash 20 Oct 2016

SYDNEY Australia rugby coach Michael Cheika has raised the stakes in his psychological battle with New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen by delaying the naming of his team for Saturday's test at Eden Park until Friday.


Australia's Crown says no charges laid against staff held in China 20 Oct 2016

PERTH/SYDNEY Australia's top casino company Crown Resorts on Thursday said no charges had been laid against 18 staff detained for alleged gambling crimes in China, as shareholders gathered for a general meeting in the shadow of the legal crisis.


Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

QAYYARA, Iraq Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. | Video