Australia

Waratahs have seized their destiny - Cheika

MELBOURNE - The New South Wales Waratahs' two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia's major force has been driven by a playing group embracing "ownership" of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos 8:30am BST

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

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Australian PM Abbott's tough stance on MH17 paying off - poll 2:23am BST

SYDNEY - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's forthright handling of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 appears to have paid off, a poll released on Tuesday showed, although his government has not enjoyed a similar spike in popularity.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea 28 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Ontario Teachers says plans to increase stake in UK's Bristol Airport 28 Jul 2014

LONDON/TORONTO - Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan wants to increase its stake in Britain's Bristol Airport from the current 49 percent as Australian asset manager Macquarie Group is reportedly seeking a buyer for its 50 percent stake.

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Pietersen joins Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League 28 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE - Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen joined the Melbourne Stars on Monday to be the highest-profile signing of the new season of Australia's Big Bash League.

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Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site 28 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, Australian Federal Police said, after fierce fighting kept them away the previous day.

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No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones 28 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE - Put "baby-faced assassin" Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia's last world champion.

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Australia cracks opens door to foreign submarine build 28 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - Australia should discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, the Department of Defence said on Monday, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan that carries political risk at home and abroad.

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Australia's NAB sells $1 billion UK property loan portfolio 28 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE - National Australia Bank Ltd has agreed to sell a 625 million pound ($1 billion) portfolio of mostly non-performing UK commercial property loans to an affiliate of private equity firm Cerberus Global Investors.

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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. | Video