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Tens of thousands told to evacuate as ex-cyclone brings flood fears to Australia's east

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SYDNEY Australian authorities told 40,000 people to evacuate to higher ground on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummelled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.

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Kohli softens stance on relationship with Australians 11:15am BST

MUMBAI India captain Virat Kohli believes his post-match comments in Dharamsala regarding his friendship with Australian players has been "blown way out of proportion" and clarified they were directed only at a couple of individuals.

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Scoring runs will help captaincy, says England's Root 11:14am BST

LONDON England's new test captain Joe Root will seek to bolster his leadership skills with big scores and has promised to ensure the side are better prepared to defend the Ashes in Australia than they were on the previous trip.

China blocked Sydney academic from leaving to 'safeguard national security' 10:51am BST

BEIJING China said on Thursday that it blocked an Australia-based Chinese academic from taking a flight to Sydney this week to "safeguard national security" as fellow professors called for Beijing to allow him to return home.

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Exclusive - Trump's 'big data' consultant to meet Australian government 8:04am BST

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE The big data company credited with helping Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency has registered a company in Australia and plans to meet the country's ruling conservative Liberal Party next week, according to documents and a government official.

Rugby - Australian players' union launches Super Rugby petition 6:37am BST

SYDNEY Australia's players' union has stepped up the battle to keep five Super Rugby sides from the country in the competition as organisers work on pushing through a raft of changes that could be introduced as early as next year.

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Australians sitting on mountains of cash as wealth outpaces debt 6:31am BST

SYDNEY Australian households saw their wealth balloon to a record A$11.7 trillion (7.21 trillion pounds) last quarter as cash holdings topped a trillion dollars for the first time ever, boding well for spending in the face of tepid wages growth.

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Cricket - Hodge apologises to Kohli over injury comments 5:51am BST

MUMBAI Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has apologised to Virat Kohli for comments suggesting the India captain missed the fourth test in Dharamsala to rest his injured shoulder ahead of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign, starting next week.

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'Bradman-like' Smith to become great captain - Lehmann 29 Mar 2017

DHARAMSALA Australia coach Darren Lehmann has hailed 'Bradman-like' Steve Smith for his consistent form with the bat and believes the 27-year-old has the potential to become one of Australia's great captains.

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Anderson hopes for injury-free summer ahead of Ashes tour 29 Mar 2017

England pace spearhead James Anderson is hoping his body can withstand the rigours of the English test summer before he shifts his focus to the side's defence of the Ashes in Australia later this year.

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Merkel's political allies vow united front on Brexit

ST JULIAN'S, Malta Pro-European allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday set out a firm line on Britain's exit negotiations, including an exit bill for London among the main priorities of the EU's overall stance. | Video