Asia shares rise on U.S. optimism, oil under pressure before OPEC


TOKYO - Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday after upbeat U.S. economic growth data calmed investor anxiety over a deteriorating global outlook, while the Australian dollar languished near four-year lows against the dollar.


McIlroy has Georgia on his mind Down Under 6:28am GMT

SYDNEY - World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted his career last year but admitted on Wednesday that the next U.S. Masters is never far from his mind.The reigning British Open and U.S. PGA Championship title holder could win a third straight major if he secures the green jacket at Augusta in April and said he was thinking about it "every day".


Scott out to bury Sydney hurt against inspirational McIlroy 6:09am GMT

SYDNEY - Adam Scott still feels the hurt of losing the Australian Open title to Rory McIlroy on the final green last year but believes the world number one has also inspired him to become a better golfer.


Australia working on new drift modelling for MH370 wreckage 4:48am GMT

SYDNEY - Australia is working on new drift modelling to expand the geographical area in which wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 may come ashore, the Australian search coordinator said on Wednesday.

Hughes blow 'rare' but cricket a dangerous game - Lara 3:44am GMT

SYDNEY - The injury that left Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in a critical condition in hospital was a "rare" event but a reminder that cricket has always been a dangerous sport, West Indies batting great Brian Lara said on Wednesday.


Australian minister apologises for submarine firm canoe remark 2:05am GMT

SYDNEY - Australia's defence minister on Wednesday apologised after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm "to build a canoe", comments that fuelled expectations that most work in a A$40 billion (21.6 billion pounds) programme will go offshore.


Australia's Hughes to undergo scans after surgery 1:31am GMT

SYDNEY - Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition and will have more scans on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain at a Sydney hospital.

Hughes was wearing older model helmet, says manufacturer 12:48am GMT

MELBOURNE - Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing an older model helmet when he suffered a serious head injury on Tuesday and the latest version released about a year ago might have offered better protection, the equipment manufacturer has said.


Australian Hughes to undergo scans after surgery 25 Nov 2014

SYDNEY - Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition and will have more scans on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery at a Sydney hospital.


Rugby - England name same 23-man squad for Australia test 25 Nov 2014

LONDON - England have named an unchanged 23-man squad for their test match against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.


Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.