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British first as Crutchlow holds off Rossi in Australia


MELBOURNE Cal Crutchlow comfortably held off Valentino Rossi over 18 laps at Phillip Island on Sunday to claim his second career MotoGP victory and become the first British winner of the Australian Grand Prix.

Australian minister says rights commissioner politicising role 23 Oct 2016

SYDNEY An Australian government minister criticised the human rights commissioner on Sunday for comments on the treatment of refugees and reproof of politicians, saying she had politicised her position and made "substantial errors of judgement".


Kuznetsova wins in Moscow to claim last WTA Finals berth 22 Oct 2016

SINGAPORE Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova raced to a 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian Daria Gavrilova to defend her Kremlin Cup title in Moscow on Saturday and secure a place at the season-ending WTA Finals.

Australians rally for refugees in stand against far-right sentiment 22 Oct 2016

SYDNEY Thousands of Australians took part on Saturday in rallies to welcome refugees and make a stand against rising far-right sentiment against foreigners.


Marquez puts Honda on pole at Phillip Island 22 Oct 2016

MELBOURNE World champion Marc Marquez seized pole position for Sunday's Australian MotoGP Grand Prix as intermittent rain and high winds played havoc with qualifying at Phillip Island on Saturday.

Thailand versus Australia to go ahead, but no joy permitted 21 Oct 2016

SYDNEY Australian football fans must tone down their dress and resist chanting or any "joyful activities" if they want to support the Socceroos at their World Cup qualifier with Thailand next month.

Macquarie closes its London oil and gas investment desk 21 Oct 2016

LONDON Australia's top investment bank Macquarie Group has closed its London-based upstream oil and gas advisory after a sharp drop in global deal making in recent years, banking sources said on Friday.


Wallabies test not just another game, says All Blacks skipper 21 Oct 2016

WELLINGTON New Zealand captain Kieran Read has bitter experience of Australia snapping long All Blacks winning streaks and thinks the world champions have learned their lesson ahead of Saturday's clash in Auckland.

Pune to host first India-Australia test in 2017 21 Oct 2016

MUMBAI The western Indian city of Pune will stage its first test when the home side plays Australia in the opener of the four-match series starting February.


Australian shotgun row threatens to ignite political turbulence 21 Oct 2016

SYDNEY A debate over Australia's notoriously tight gun laws has opened up a dangerous rift in the ruling Liberal Party, pitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against the man he overthrew ahead of a key party gathering this weekend.


Iraqi Kurds claim capture of town in advance on Mosul

ERBIL Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq. | Video