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Australian PM inherits climate sceptic for deputy

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SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has inherited a hard-right, climate change sceptic for his deputy after the retirement of his current No.2 on Thursday, an appointment that could block any revamp of an emissions trading scheme.

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Exclusive - Australia directed officials how to address Nauru rights concerns, documents show 8:20am GMT

SYDNEY Australia's government has directed senior officials on how to respond to questions about political turmoil and alleged corruption in Nauru, where it has an asylum seeker detention centre, documents obtained by Reuters under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show.

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'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th test 5:43am GMT

WELLINGTON As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve.

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Moving ball to test Australian technique in Wellington 5:06am GMT

WELLINGTON Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first test gets underway in Wellington on Friday.

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Australia's Bird given opportunity to fly at the Basin 1:30am GMT

WELLINGTON Pace bowler Jackson Bird has been recalled by Australia for the first test against New Zealand after James Pattinson was deemed not quite ready to stand up to the rigours of a full workload, captain Steve Smith said on Thursday.

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Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends 10 Feb 2016

MELBOURNE Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper.

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Report card on aboriginal Australians paints bleak picture 10 Feb 2016

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said that the government was failing to meet a number of goals aimed at improving the lot of its embattled aboriginal population as he released its tenth annual report card on indigenous issues.

Australia to trial black seam on pink ball for day-night games 09 Feb 2016

MELBOURNE Australia will trial a modified pink ball featuring a black seam in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition next week after complaints from players about visibility issues during the inaugural day-night test last November.

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Finch dumped as Australia skipper for World T20 08 Feb 2016

MELBOURNE Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20.

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Australian woman freed by al Qaeda says her husband is still alive 08 Feb 2016

OUAGADOUGOU An Australian woman who was freed by al Qaeda after three weeks in captivity said on Monday her husband who was seized with her in Burkina Faso was still alive and she hoped he too would be released soon.

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Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border

BEIRUT Kurdish fighters backed by Russian bombing raids have driven Syrian rebels from a former military air base near the border with Turkey, a group that monitors the war said on Thursday.