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Australian PM says police raids follow threat of beheading

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SYDNEY - Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation. | Video

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As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations 6:30am BST

SYDNEY - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalise regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

Australia police launch massive 'counter-terrorism' raids 17 Sep 2014

SYDNEY - Hundreds of heavily armed police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane before dawn on Thursday, launching a large-scale Australian "counter-terrorism operation" just days after the country raised its national terror threat level to high for the first time.

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Australian teen Miller follows in Stoner's tracks 17 Sep 2014

- Australian teenager Jack Miller will make the big step up from Moto3 to ride in MotoGP next season, the LCR Honda team run by former racer Lucio Cecchinello said on Wednesday.

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Germany's Schaeuble - could consider tax breaks for R&D firms 17 Sep 2014

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Ontario Teachers becomes sole owner of Bristol Airport 17 Sep 2014

- Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is buying out co-shareholder Australian asset manager Macquarie Group Ltd in Bristol Airport, giving the Canadian company complete control of UK's ninth busiest airport.

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South Africa turn to Burger for more bite 17 Sep 2014

CAPE TOWN - Former World Rugby Player of the Year Schalk Burger was recalled to South Africa’s squad for the Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand in place of injured Francois Louw, the South African Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

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All Black Carter hopes to be playing in two weeks 17 Sep 2014

WELLINGTON - Dan Carter hopes to make his return to provincial rugby on Sept. 28 with an eye to working his way back to fitness in time for New Zealand's third Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia next month, the flyhalf said on Wednesday.

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Hughes replaces Australia captain Clarke for Pakistan ODIs 17 Sep 2014

SYDNEY - Top order batsman Phil Hughes has replaced Michael Clarke in the Australia squad for next month's one-day international series against Pakistan after the Australia captain was ruled out by a hamstring injury.

Mann-Rea the answer to Australia's hooker shortage 17 Sep 2014

SYDNEY - Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie included uncapped forward Josh Mann-Rea, rated by some as Australia's ninth best hooker, in his squad for the last two Rugby Championship tests against South Africa and Argentina on Wednesday.

Islamic State releases video it says shows British journalist John Cantlie

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.