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Injured Australia captain Clarke rules out ODI retirement

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MELBOURNE - Australia captain Michael Clarke has dismissed any suggestions he might quit one day cricket after returning home from Zimbabwe tour with a hamstring injury.

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Australia's Senate votes to repeal mining tax in win for Abbott 9:07am BST

SYDNEY - Australia's upper house Senate voted on Tuesday to scrap a tax on mining industry super profits, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott that has fuelled accusations that he is in the pocket of global mining giants.

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Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit 6:58am BST

SYDNEY - Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine.

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Australia's central bank keeps rates low amid moderate growth 6:26am BST

SYDNEY - Australia's central bank kept interest rates at record lows for the 12th straight policy meeting on Tuesday and seemed content to stay on the sidelines for a while to come as the economy wrestles with a waning mining boom.

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Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef - AFR 5:06am BST

SYDNEY - Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic metres of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.

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Tennis-Azarenka overcomes qualifier Krunic to reach quarters 3:37am BST

NEW YORK - Twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka overcame an inspired challenge from qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6 6-4 6-4 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

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Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet - sources 01 Sep 2014

TOKYO - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.

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Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine 01 Sep 2014

SYDNEY - Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighbouring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups battling the government in Kiev.

Zimbabwe prove potential with shock win over Australia 31 Aug 2014

CAPE TOWN, Aug 31 - When Zimbabwe’s players trudged off the Bulawayo pitch after back to back defeats by Afghanistan in July, few could have believed that a month later they would produce a shock victory over Australia.

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Qantas stays loyal to its frequent flyer 'cash cow' 31 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's flagship airline, Qantas Airways Ltd , is making a mint helping other companies keep their customers - even as it struggles to retain the loyalty of its own.

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Russian forces strengthening positions in Ukraine - Kiev military

KIEV - Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev's military said on Tuesday.