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Younus stays hot, Pakistan 158-2 at tea

- Younus Khan extended his red hot form against Australia to power Pakistan to 158 for two wickets at tea on the first day of the second and final test on Thursday.

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National Australia Bank plans UK exit after slide in annual profit 10:57am GMT

SYDNEY - National Australia Bank said it has made exiting its UK operations an "absolute priority" after writedowns for the troubled business led to a 10 percent decline in annual cash profit.

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Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters 5:16am GMT

SYDNEY - Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalised and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups.

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Coca-Cola to buy 29 percent stake in Indonesian unit for $500 million 12:14am GMT

SYDNEY - Coca-Cola Co will help out Australian affiliate Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd by taking a minority stake in a struggling Indonesian unit for $500 million (312.94 million pounds).

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National Australia Bank planning UK exit, FY net drops 29 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - Exiting the United Kingdon is an "absolute priority" for National Australia Bank , Chief Executive Officer Andrew Thorburn said after the bank posted a fall in annual cash profit, hit by writedowns for its troubled British business.

Australia government wins backing for emissions scheme 29 Oct 2014

- Australia's government has reached a compromise with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a A$2.5 billion (1.4 billion pounds) fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Wednesday.

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Pakistan warned to brace for Australia backlash 29 Oct 2014

- Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.

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Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit countries; U.S. isolates troops 29 Oct 2014

MONROVIA/FREETOWN - Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatised healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.

Australian Ebola 'tsar' questions government's West Africa visa ban 29 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's newly appointed Ebola tsar challenged the government's blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the deadly virus, saying the controversial measure was not supported by medical evidence.

Mastermind of failed Australia beheading plot killed in Middle East - reports 29 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - A former Sydney bouncer said to have masterminded a failed plot by Islamic State militants to behead a random member of the public in Australia is believed to have died in the Middle East, Australian media reported on Wednesday.

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First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria's Kobani - monitoring group

BEIRUT - The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. | Video