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Kidnapped Australian freed in Yemen after Oman mediation

SYDNEY/DUBAI An Australian man held captive for seven months has been freed by his kidnappers in Yemen and has been taken to neighbouring Oman, Australia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.


Australia's Myer says local Topshop chain in administration 10:38am BST

SYDNEY Australia's biggest upmarket department store operator Myer Holdings Ltd said on Wednesday the local franchisee of British fashion retailer Topshop, of which it owns one fifth, has appointed voluntary administrators.


Women's game comes of age as youngsters battle to keep up 9:14am BST

Long dominated by youth, women's tennis pushed the boundaries of experience at the Australian Open in January when the combined age of the two finalists, Serena and Venus Williams, topped 70 for the first time.


Australian police waited too long to react to deadly siege threat - coroner 9:01am BST

SYDNEY Australian police failed to respond quickly enough to the threat posed by a gunman responsible for a siege at a Sydney cafe in 2014 in which three people including the hostage-taker were killed, a coroner said on Wednesday.


Broken bone of contention fells Wallaby McCalman again 8:56am BST

MELBOURNE Australia loose forward Ben McCalman has suffered another fracture in his troublesome right shoulder and will miss the June internationals against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.


Aboriginal Australians meet at sacred Uluru to discuss first chance of recognition 8:31am BST

SYDNEY Aboriginal Australian leaders are meeting at the sacred landmark of Uluru to decide how the country's first inhabitants, who date back about 50,000 years before British colonisers arrived, should be recognised in the constitution for the first time.


Cricket: Australia players' union seeks more control of IP 7:24am BST

MELBOURNE The Australian Cricketers' Association has set up a business to manage and market players' intellectual property should they be unable to strike a pay deal with the national cricket board.


Rugby - Wallabies lock Mumm to hang up boots at end of season 5:21am BST

MELBOURNE Australia lock Dean Mumm, who enjoyed a 'second coming' for the Wallabies that took him to the 2015 World Cup final, will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, the Australian Rugby Union said on Wednesday.


Master of surprise Kyrgios moving in right direction - McEnroe 2:04am BST

If unpredictability is a weapon on a tennis court then no player possesses a more potent threat than maverick Nick Kyrgios, the 22-year-old Australian who divides opinion like no other.


Exclusive - U.S. starts 'extreme vetting' at Australia's offshore detention centres 23 May 2017

SYDNEY U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun "extreme vetting" interviews at Australia's offshore detention centres, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honours a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called "a dumb deal".


Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their first meeting on Wednesday after they exchanged sharp words last year, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. | Video