Australia growth warmed by exports, housing as mining cools: poll

SYDNEY - Australia's economy is expected to grow at a solid pace over the next couple of years as strength in housing and exports offsets the prolonged drag from an ageing mining boom.

ICC rejects 2018 offer, cricket stays out of Commonwealth Games 7:59am BST

MUMBAI - Cricket's absence from Commonwealth Games will continue at least until the 2018 Games in Australia after the International Cricket Council (ICC) turned down an invitation from the governing body of the multi-sport event.

Brumbies unchanged for Sydney semi against Waratahs 5:35am BST

SYDNEY - The ACT Brumbies have named an unchanged side for this weekend's all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney.


Australia PM says unclear how many bodies recovered from Ukraine crash site 23 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that it was still unclear how many bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and how many may have been left behind at the crash site.

Speight adds another big weapon to Australia's armoury 23 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - Australia, if a little prematurely, added another hefty offensive weapon to their armoury on Wednesday when Fijian winger Henry Speight was named in their squad for the Rugby Championship.

Australian Islamist returns home to surveillance, not jail 23 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - An Australian Islamist preacher who has expressed support for militants fighting in Syria and Iraq will face police surveillance but no criminal charges in Australia, where he arrived on Wednesday after being deported from the Philippines.


Bardet, Van Garderen suffer as Rogers wins Stage 16 22 Jul 2014

BAGNERES DE LUCHON France - Frenchman Romain Bardet and American Tejay van Garderen's Tour de France podium hopes suffered a major blow on Tuesday when they lost considerable ground in the 16th stage won by Australian Michael Rogers.


Australia's Marsh ruled out for four months by surgery 22 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - Australia batsman Shaun Marsh is to have surgery on an injured elbow next week and will miss October's test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.


Australian watchdog censures RBS over traders' bid to influence interest rate 21 Jul 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's markets regulator on Monday said it had censured the Royal Bank of Scotland Group after an investigation found that RBS traders had sought to influence the setting of the country's benchmark inter-bank interest rate.


Tomic tantalises wary Australia with Bogota win 21 Jul 2014

MELBOURNE - Australia's frosty relationship with bad boy Bernard Tomic looks set to thaw after the 21-year-old displayed grit and passion to grind down big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 3-6 7-6 in the Colombian Open final on Sunday.


At least 15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school - Health Ministry

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750. | Video