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Pakistan spinners strike after Younus, Shehzad heroics

DUBAI - Pakistan's spinners scythed through Australia's top order in the second innings to get them close to victory in the first test after twin centuries from Younus Khan and youngster Ajmal Shehzad helped the hosts set an improbable target.

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Sanctioned Beale not joining Wallabies on Europe tour 10:07am BST

MELBOURNE - New Australia coach Michael Cheika has declined a chance to rush Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies squad for the season-ending tour of Europe after the utility back was sanctioned for sending an offensive text message about a former team staffer.

Australia batsmen in familiar tail-spin in Dubai 4:40am BST

MELBOURNE - Scars re-opened on a dusty pitch in Bulawayo in August bled profusely on day three of the first test against Pakistan as Australia's batsmen showed a familiar vulnerability to tight spin bowling on slow wickets.

Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff 24 Oct 2014

DAKAR - When Australia offered more than $2 million (1.24 million pound) last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it.

Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff 24 Oct 2014

DAKAR - When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it.

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Wallaby Beale fined but escapes ban for offensive text 24 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second "more offensive" photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday.

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Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia 24 Oct 2014

SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

Warner hits back after Sarfraz's whirlwind ton 23 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century powered Pakistan to a strong 454 in their first innings on the second day of the first test against Australia on Thursday.

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Australian endurance swimmer claims new distance record 22 Oct 2014

MIAMI - Australian long-distance swimmer Chloe McCardel became the first person to swim almost 80 miles (129 kilometres) unassisted in open water on Wednesday during a 42.5 hour crossing from Eleuthera islands in the Bahamas to Nassau, according to her support team.

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Younus leads Pakistan fightback with 25th century 22 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Younus Khan led Pakistan's fightback with a dogged century after the hosts made a terrible start to the first test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.