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Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soon

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CANBERRA - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.

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Bottas wraps up testing with Williams on top 01 Mar 2015

BARCELONA - Formula One wrapped up pre-season testing on Sunday with Valtteri Bottas top of the timesheets for Williams while champions Mercedes looked forward with optimism to Australia.

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ECB braces for QE as others shift rates 01 Mar 2015

BRUSSELS - Greek funding and quantitative easing in Europe, an expected rate cut in Australia and the buoyant U.S. labour market are set to be the focus of an economic week dominated by a host of central bank meetings.

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McCullum expected to be fit for next game - coach 28 Feb 2015

WELLINGTON - Captain Brendon McCullum is expected to be fit for New Zealand's World Cup clash against Afghanistan next Sunday despite being hit on the arm in Saturday's game against Australia, coach Mike Hesson said.

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Williamson six gives Kiwis one wicket victory 28 Feb 2015

AUCKLAND - Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the cricket World Cup hosts at Eden Park on Saturday.

Clarke blames poor shot selection for narrow NZ loss 28 Feb 2015

AUCKLAND - Australia captain Michael Clarke attributed an over-emphasis on attack as the reason behind his team's poor batting performance in the one-wicket loss to New Zealand in the World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park on Saturday.

Clarke wins toss on return after injury layoff 28 Feb 2015

AUCKLAND - Australia captain Michael Clarke, returning to lead his country again after an injury layoff, had no hesitation in opting to bat after winning the toss in the World Cup match against New Zealand on Saturday.

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Hulkenberg positive after first laps in new car 27 Feb 2015

BARCELONA - Nico Hulkenberg looked for the positives after finally getting his hands on Force India's new Formula One car with barely any time left to test it before next month's Australian season-opener.

Australia skipper Clarke fit and raring to go against NZ 27 Feb 2015

- Eager Australia captain Michael Clarke feels his fittest in five years and is praying for clear skies over Auckland for the World Cup clash against fellow co-hosts New Zealand on Saturday.

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Return of leader Clarke strengthens Australia - McCullum 27 Feb 2015

- New Zealand were "in awe" of Michael Clarke's leadership during the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death and his inclusion for Saturday's World Cup blockbuster can only strengthen Australia, captain Brendon McCullum has said.

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'Jihadi John' part of network linked to failed London bombers - court papers

LONDON - Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government.