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Rio Tinto's ERA builds cash for Ranger mine clean-up

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MELBOURNE Energy Resources of Australia , controlled by Rio Tinto , said on Wednesday it ended the first half of 2016 with A$453 million (261.86 million pounds) in cash, crucial for the clean-up of its Ranger uranium mine, likely to close by 2021.

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France's DCNS, builder of Australia's new submarines, suffers huge data leak 4:12am BST

SYDNEY The French shipbuilder which earlier this year won a A$50 billion (28.8 billion pounds) contract to build Australia’s next generation of submarines has suffered a massive data leak, raising doubts about the security of one of the world’s biggest defence projects.

British woman stabbed to death at Australian hostel in possible "extremist" attack 3:53am BST

SYDNEY A British woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday at a backpackers' hostel in Australia and two people were injured, one seriously, in what police say may have been an "extremist" attack.

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Glencore speeds up debt reduction with Australian copper mine deal 3:32am BST

MELBOURNE Glencore Plc has agreed to sell all the gold and a 30 percent stake in its Ernest Henry copper mine in Australia to Evolution Mining for A$880 million (508.38 million pounds), advancing the Swiss giant's effort to pay down debt.

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All Blacks expect greater intensity from wounded Wallabies 23 Aug 2016

New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a thumping win over Australia last week but the world champions are bracing for a tough encounter against a wounded Wallabies side determined to salvage their pride on Saturday.

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Australia shares gain on strong earnings; NZ hits another record 23 Aug 2016

SYDNEY/WELLINGTONAustralian shares climbed 0.8 percent on Tuesday aided by broad-based gains across all sectors as sentiment was buoyed by better-than-feared results from several large companies in the earnings season so far.

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Chiller, the face of Australia's 'ordinary' Olympics 21 Aug 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO In Australian vernacular, the phrase "a bit ordinary" is a damning understatement with a meaning closer to "pretty terrible".

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Australian athletes reclaim seized passports 21 Aug 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO Nine Australian Olympic athletes had their passports returned on Sunday, a team official said, after an accreditation problem at the Rio Games earlier saw them risk missing their flight home.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in opening ODI 21 Aug 2016

Steve Smith and Aaron Finch struck half-centuries to help Australia to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international in Colombo on Sunday.

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Basketball - Spain edge Australia for bronze in thriller 21 Aug 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO Spain beat Australia 89-88 in a thrilling clash to take bronze in the Olympic men's basketball tournament on Sunday and bring home a medal from a third straight Games.