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Australia: The land of Kangaroos and Koala

Australia’s history dates back to the 17th century when the Europeans discovered this landmass, later on the British settlers occupied the Australian territory by uprooting the indigenous Aboriginals. In the early 1850’s, there was a gold rush in Australia followed by a rebellion against mining license fees, leading to civil disobedience. Since the past centuries Australia has progressed tremendously in terms of infrastructure modernisation and is now one of the most developed nations in the world. Australia with capital Canberra is a constitutional monarchy under the titular rule of the British Monarch.

Australia Fast Facts:

    · National Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    · Capital: Canberra
    · Total area: 7,686,850 sq km
    · Population: 21,007,310 (July 2008 est.)
    · Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
    · Languages: English 79.1%, Chinese 2.1%, Italian 1.9%, other 11.1%, unspecified 5.8% (2001 Census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: white 92%, Asian 7%, aboriginal and other 1%
    · Religions: Catholic 26.4%, Anglican 20.5%, other Christian 20.5%, Buddhist 1.9%, Muslim 1.5%, other 1.2%, unspecified 12.7%, none 15.3% (2001 Census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $37,300 (2007 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 79.16 years, Female: 84.02 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: 99%

Geography, Climate and Economy of Australia:
Australia’s Geography is extremely diverse and has varied terrain ranging from snow-capped Australian Alps to large deserts of Tasmania and tropical forests. Its eastern coast has the world’s largest coral reef called the Great Barrier Reef. The central part of the country is almost arid and is very sparsely populated. Major population resides in the coastal area that forms the southeast part of the country.

Deserts cover almost 40% of the total landmass of Australia. However, its southeast and southwest areas have temperate climate and are arable. In summers the temperatures may go up to 50 degree Celsius, while in winters the lowest temperatures fall to sub zero levels. Besides, in Australia, the occurrence of rainfalls is almost unpredictable along with cyclones and thunderstorms.

Australia’s economy is booming with the services sector alone comprising 68% of the total GDP. The agricultural and mining sectors contribute 10% of GDP but account for 57% of the exports. Australia has vast natural reserves and its major exports include wheat, wool, gold, coal, liquefied natural gas and iron-ore.

Culture and Cuisine of Australia:
Australia is a country of heterogeneous cultures having the influences of both English and non-English speaking cultures. Australian English has altogether different vocabulary and accent. This country has a rich vibrant culture as can be witnessed by its music, art and literature. The famous Sydney Opera House and Royal Exhibition Building are the primary iconic structures. The native Australian music includes the music of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

A traditional Australian dish includes meat pie and sausage roll and also the famous ‘Australian Hamburger’. Some of the typical dishes include Vegemite, Chiko Roll and Pie Floater tomato soup. The name of chocolates is unique; such as Violet Crumble, Jaffas, Tim Tams and a cereal named Weet-Bix. Besides this, it produces a variety of exotic wines that are world famous and are exported to more than 100 countries.

Tourist Attractions in Australia:
Australia is world famous for its enchanting beaches where a number of native and tourist people come for relaxation and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Sydney is one of the most prominent cities that comprise amazing architectural structures. Melbourne is the cultural hub of Australia and equipped with better transport facilities and universities. Some of the other attractions are located in Western Australia, which is known for having a wide variety of flowers and also ghost towns.

Some Other Tourist Sites in Australia:

    · The Gold Coast of Queensland
    · Uluru (Ayers Rock)
    · Barossa Valley
    · Alice Springs
    · Alpine National Park
    · Apollo Bay
    · Arakoon- Trial Bay Gaol (Jail)
    · Arkaroola
    · Bathurst and Melville Islands
    · Sydney Opera house
    · Darling Harbour

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Australia entered in final by beating India

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Steve Smith scored superb century to set up a 95-run win for Australia over India in todays semi-final match at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket

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Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from the Test cricket due to strain of playing all different types of crickets. Now Virat Kohli will lead the upcoming forth Test against Australia in the Sydney.

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Indians less likely to be attacked in Australia, says Immigration Minister

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): Following a high-level meeting with India's Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has claimed that Indian students were 'less likely' to be attacked vis-a-vis locals in Australia.

Lara Bingle was aware of naked photos, says paparazzi boss Darryn Lyons

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Melbourne, May 3 (ANI): Australian papazazzo Darryn Lyons has claimed that his agency sent naked photos of Lara Bingle on her balcony to her last week for her approval.

Canadian stuntwoman sets world record for fastest toilet on wheels

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

London, May 3 (ANI): A Canadian woman has set a new and unusual land speed record for the fastest motorised toilet.

Indians less likely to be attacked in Australia, says Immigration Minister

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): Following a high-level meeting with India's Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has claimed that Indian students were 'less likely' to be attacked vis-a-vis locals in Australia.

Lara Bingle was aware of naked photos, says paparazzi boss Darryn Lyons

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Melbourne, May 3 (ANI): Australian papazazzo Darryn Lyons has claimed that his agency sent naked photos of Lara Bingle on her balcony to her last week for her approval.

Britons fined in Australia for stealing penguin

May 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Melbourne, May 3 (IANS) Two British tourists have been fined $1,000 each by a court for becoming drunk and stealing a penguin from a marine park in Australia.

Bionic eye comes closer to reality

May 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Sydney, May 2 (ANI): Australian researchers say they could be months away from offering hope to people with macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, the leading causes of sight loss in industrial countries.

Chris Evans credits Robert Downey JR for 'Avengers' success

May 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Chris Evans has credited Robert Downey, JR. with the success of their new movie 'The Avengers', insisting that his happy demeanour inspired the rest of the cast and crew.

India, Australia to collaborate in wool production and trade

May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) India and Australia will jointly set up a wool testing laboratory in Mumbai and collaborate in the production and trade of woollen products.

Singapore 4th most desirable place to work: Survey

May 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Singapore, May 2 (IANS) Singapore has moved up two spots to become the world's fourth most desirable place to live and work, while the US, Britain and Australia remained the top three relocation destinations, a survey revealed Wednesday.

Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath in Myanmar parliament

May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Nay Pyi Taw, May 2 (IANS) Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party swept last month's by-elections, was sworn in as a member of Myanmar's parliament Wednesday.

Suu ki sworn in to Parliament, beginning of new era

May 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Myanmar witnessed a memorable day in its history when leader of opposition Aung Saan Sue ki took oath

Former Oz PM Howard warns government not to get 'mesmerized' by China

May 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Perth, May 2 (ANI): Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard questioning the importance Australia gives China has warned that it should not get 'mesmerized' by the Asian nation.

Lara Bingle slams media for violation of privacy over nude photos

May 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Melbourne, May 2 (ANI): Lara Bingle has revealed that she felt "violated" and "embarrassed" by the paparazzi photos of her naked on her balcony.

Snooker king Hendry ends 27-year career

May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Sheffield (England), May 2 (IANS) Stephen Hendry, widely recognised as the greatest ever snooker player, has announced his retirement from his glittering professional career.

Suu Kyi sworn in to Myanmar parliament

May 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Nay Pyi Taw, May 2 (IANS) Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), took oath of office Wednesday.

Indian family of four found dead in Australia

May 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Melbourne, May 1 (IANS) A young Indian family, including two children aged five and three, was found dead Tuesday in their home in this Australian city.

India face mighty Australia in Olympic Hockey Test event

May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

London, May 1 (IANS) The four-nation London Olympics Hockey Test event will commence at the Olympic Park here Wednesday with India pitted against World Champions Australia in their opening match.

Australia cuts cash rate to boost growth

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Sydney, May 1 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced Tuesday that it decided to cut the official interest rate by 50 basis points.

Why being nice to your boss is a good move

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Being nice to your boss always pays, including better prospects and promotions, even if your are neither too bright nor suitable for the job, according to an international business survey.

Dannii Minogue plans return to X Factor despite Cowell's affair revelation

April 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

London, Apr 30 (ANI): Dannii Minogue is reportedly in secret talks to make a sensational comeback on 'The X Factor'.

Nadal wins his seventh Barcelona Open title

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Madrid, April 30 (IANS) Rafael Nadal defeated Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 7-6(1), 7-5 to win his seventh Barcelona Open men's tennis title.

Blocking protein could halt debilitating brain disease

April 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Sydney, April 30 (IANS) Blocking a protein that contributes to acute nerve damage could halt the development of debilitating Multiple Sclerosis (MS), says a new study.

'Oz team has improved enough to merit overhaul of Argus report'

April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Dominica, Apr 29(ANI): Australia has performed with enough distinction to force Argus' panelists to withdraw several comments from their last review, if they were to conduct another assessment this year.

Dazzling Venus can be seen at its brightest this week

April 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Washington, April 29 (ANI): This week, step outside any night about an hour after sunset and you will get to see the brilliant planet Venus at the western sky.

NATO soldier dies in Afghanistan

April 29, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Kabul, April 29 (IANS) A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) died Saturday in Afghanistan, a statement said.

Cao trails Ryan 2-6 after first session at world snooker

April 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Sheffield (England), April 28 (IANS) Welshman Ryan Day took a comfortable 6-2 lead over China's Cao Yupeng in the first session of their last-16 match at the world snooker championship here.

Cao trails Ryan 6-2 after first session at world snooker

April 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Sheffield (England), April 28 (IANS) Ryan Day of Wales took a comfortable 6-2 lead over China's Cao Yupeng in the first session of their last-16 match at the world snooker championship here.

Top four seeds enter semis at Stuttgart WTA Grand Prix

April 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Berlin, April 28 (IANS) Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka had to exert every ounce of her energy to beat German wild card Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 in a match that lasted nearly three hours at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Indian hockey team leaves for London

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Indian men's hockey team left here for London Friday to take part in a four-nation Olympic test event ahead of the 2012 Games.

India and China 'cannot be contained', says Australian Defence Minister

April 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Canberra, April 27 (ANI): Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said that it is impossible to contain India and China.

Oz opposition leader Abbott to push for more overseas skilled workers

April 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sydney, Apr 27 (ANI): Australian Leader of Opposition party in Australia, Tony Abbott will use a speech in Melbourne on Friday to push for attracting more overseas skilled workers.

Oz researcher calls to end stigma associated with 'safe' cousin marriages

April 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Canberra, April 27 (ANI): A research has called for ending the stigma associated with marriage between cousins, after discovering that health risks have been greatly exaggerated in such match-ups.

US to move out 9,000 Marines from Japan

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Tokyo, April 27 (IANS) The US will move 9,000 Marines out of Japan's southern Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii and other locations in the Asia-Pacific region, said a joint statement agreed by Tokyo and Washington Friday.

Swiss woman dies after following Indian guru's 'sunlight only' diet

April 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A Swiss woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual journey which involved giving up food and water and attempting to exist on nothing but sunlight.

Merely thinking about trying on swimsuits 'dampens women's mood'

April 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): For many women, the prospect of shopping for a swimming costume can often prove terrifying, a new study has revealed.

Being nice to your boss will help you get ahead

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A good relationship with your boss will help you if you're aiming to climb the company ladder.

Being nice to your boss will help you get ahead

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A good relationship with your boss will help you if you're aiming to climb the company ladder.

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over mad cow disease

April 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Jakarta, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): An Indonesian senior official said on Thursday that Indonesia will suspend imports of U.S. beef from Thursday because of a confirmed U.S. case of mad cow disease, a local media reported here.

Oz opener Cowan slams critics for judging players on basis on scorecards

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Dominica, Apr 26(ANI): Australian opener Ed Cowan has slammed critics for judging players merely on the basis of a scorecard.

Fish oil could be adjunct therapy for periodontal disease

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Washington, April 25(ANI): Taking fish oil may help reduce symptoms of Periodontitis, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth, say researchers.

Cricket Australia to overhaul financial model, take control of venue arrangements

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Melbourne, April 25 (ANI): Cricket Australia (CA) has revealed it is set to overhaul its financial model and take control of venue arrangements for international matches.

Twenty20 specialist Warner turns over to new 'patient' leaf

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Roseau (Dominica, West Indies), April 25 (ANI): Former Twenty20 specialist and batting tyro David Warner is patiently evolving his game away from the glare of Australia.

Cricket Australia plans smaller board

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Melbourne, April 24 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) said Tuesday it would seek the approval of the state associations for a smaller board.

Warner slams pitch as Shillingford rips through top order on day one of Dominica Test

April 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Dominica (West Indies), Apr 24(ANI): Australian opener David Warner has said he was frustrated with the pitch conditions in Dominica after West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford ripped through the top order to finish day one of the third Test with four wickets.

Campaign launched against animal testing for cosmetics

April 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Animal rights group Humane Society International (HSI) has launched a global campaign - 'Be Cruelty-Free' - to end animal testing for cosmetics.

Malinga rejects claims of refusing to sign this year's contract with Sri Lankan Cricket

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Colombo, Apr 24(ANI): Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga has rejected claims that he had declined to sign this year's contract with Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) and stressed he will be available for all national commitments.

Wade and Starc rally Australia after Shillingford strikes

April 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Roseau (Dominica), April 24 (IANS/CMC) A four-wicket haul by off-spinner Shane Shillingford underlined a disciplined West Indies bowling effort while an unbroken 43-run eighth-wicket stand rallied Australia on the opening day of the third and final Test here Monday.

Bowerbirds cultivate fruit-bearing plants to attract females

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Washington, April 24 (ANI): Scientists have discovered the first evidence of a non-human species cultivating plants for use other than as food.

'Passionate' Ponting in no mood to quit Test cricket yet

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Dominica, Apr 23 (ANI): Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said that he has no intention of ending his Test career and is rather looking forward to taking on South Africa later this year.

Unhappy workers develop back pain

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sydney, April 23 (IANS) Office-goers resigned to working in unsatisfactory jobs are more likely to suffer from serious, persistent lower back pain than those with a positive attitude.

Fracture prone? Blame your genes

April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Sydney, April 22 (IANS) Are you prone to fractures or trip often? If yes, then blame it on some unidentified genetic regions associated with osteoporosis and bone fracture, says a study.

China's Chen Jin wins Badminton Asia Championships, almost in London Olympics

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Qingdao (China), April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese shuttler Chen Jin was only one step away from qualifying for the London Olympic Games after winning men's singles title at the 2012 Badminton Asia Championships here on Sunday.

Oz coach Arthur says 'under fire' Ponting is a 'big part of this team'

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Port Of Spain, Apr 22(ANI): Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur cannot understand why questions are being raised over veteran batsman Ricky Ponting's international future.

Ponting says 'nothing will change going into Dominica Test

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Dominica, Apr 22(ANI): Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has said every Test gives a chance of victory.

Australia may fall back on quicks thrashed in last Ashes

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Port of Spain (Trinidad), April 21 (IANS) Australia may again fall-back to the quicks, who were thrashed during the Ashes, as they attempt to reclaim the urn from Andrew Strauss and Co. despite the emergence of young fast bowlers, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.

Australia lack firepower to reclaim Ashes: Holding

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Port of Spain, April 21 (IANS) Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels that Australia lacks the fire-power to reclaim the Ashes from Andrew Strauss's Englishmen.

Clarke feels Ponting is victim of own high standards

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Port of Spain, April 21 (IANS) Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that his predecessor Ricky Ponting was a victim of the high standards he himself set.

Clarke vows to continue making ambitious declarations to get results

April 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Port-of-Spain, Apr 21 (ANI): Australia captain Michael Clarke has vowed to keep making ambitious declarations in order to force a result even if it meant risking his plans.

1 head better than 2 when thinking for yourself

April 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): As opposed to an old saying that two heads are better than one, scientists have concluded in a new study that in many cases you are better off thinking for yourself.

Australian Government urges CA to improve governance

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Sydney, Apr 20(ANI): The Australian Government has urged Cricket Australia (CA) to speed up its advancement toward an independent commission after it issued a general warning to various sporting bodies to improve their governance.

Aussie bowling stocks depleted following exit of injured Siddle, Pattinson

April 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Melbourne, Apr 20(ANI): Australia's fast bowling stocks have been stripped to bare essentials with the exit of Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, who have been home with back injuries.

Euro 2012 organisers to open volunteers training centre

April 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Warsaw, April 20 (IANS) The organisers of the Euro 2012 football tournament will on Saturday inaugurate a training facility here for volunteers who will be working for the June 8-July 1 event jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

Injured Siddle and Pattinson out for remainder of tour

April 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Port of Spain (Trinidad), April 20 (IANS/CMC) Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson have been ruled out of the remainder of the West Indies tour and will return home this week.

Rain plays spoilsport in Port of Spain Test

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Port of Spain (Trinidad), April 20 (IANS/CMC) Persistent rain spoiled what could have been an enthralling finish to the second cricket Test between the West Indies and Australia, forcing a stalemate and leaving the hosts with a must-win scenario in the final Test next week.

Police recover more of Ben Hollioake's memorabilia

April 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

London, April 19 (IANS) Former England all-rounder Adam Hollioake has said most of the cricket kit used by his late brother Ben, which was stolen from his parents' home in Perth, has finally been recovered.

Back injury may force Pattinson to miss remainder of series

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Port of Spain (Trinidad), April 19 (IANS) Exciting young Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has injured his back and will miss the remainder of the West Indies tour.

Twitter drive by cricketers help recover part of late England player Hollioake's stolen kit

April 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

London, Apr 19(ANI): Some of cricket's biggest stars waved an emotional Twitter campaign, which helped recover a part of late England player Ben Hollioake's stolen kit.

Freshly unwrapped Apple MacBook smell turned into perfume

April 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): The out-of-the-box scent of Apple's MacBook Pro has been made into a fragrance for an Australian art installation.

BCB committee wants Bangladesh tour of Pakistan to be cancelled

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Dhaka, Apr 19(ANI): Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) cricket operations committee has reportedly called for the scrapping of the country's tour to Pakistan, saying it is not the right time to visit the country.

Bieber impersonator accused of forcing girl to perform sex acts on video chat

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): A Canadian man who has been accused of impersonating teen idol Justin Bieber and coaxing a young girl to perform sex acts online may have victims in up to five countries, authorities in Canada and the U.S. said on Wednesday.

Julain Assange's lawyer placed on UK 'inhibited' travel list

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Sydney, Apr 19 (ANI): An Australian lawyer working for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly been placed on a watch list and would require permission from the country's Foreign Affairs Department to fly home from Britain.

Rain ruins Roach party as West Indies keep Australia in check

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Port of Spain (Trinidad), April 19 (IANS/CMC) An outstanding spell from speedster Kemar Roach was the brightest spot on the rain-wrecked fourth day of the second Test between West Indies and Australia at Queen's Park Oval here.

Australian cricketers eyeing share of cash generated from 2015 World Cup

April 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Sydney, Apr 19(ANI): The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) met Cricket Australia (CA) representatives met this week to discuss the new incentive-based pay system, as cricketers set their eyes on the considerable amount of revenue that could be generated from the 2015 cricket World Cup.

Big Australian dollars to lure Indian tourists

April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Sydney, April 19 (IANS) Buoyed by the number of Indian tourists flocking to Australia, an influential tourism promotional body has asked the Australian government to invest $1 billion to attract more visitors from India and other Asian countries in the next decade.

US to lift some financial sanctions against Burma

April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): The United States has announced that it would relax some financial sanctions against Burma to support humanitarian, religious and other nonprofit activities in the country.

Hurley and Warnie keep their flame of love alive through Twitter

April 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Melbourne, Apr 18 (ANI): Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley have revealed that they keep their love alive online via Twitter.

Australia spells out Afghanistan exit plan

April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Sydney, April 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an early withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan Tuesday, a day after the 18-hour terror siege of Kabul ended.

Oz employers 'looking for cultural fit over job skills'

April 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Melbourne, Apr 17 (ANI): Employers across a wide range of industries in Australia are more keen on hiring candidates who culturally fit their organisation than those with the right skills, experts say.

Norah Jones set to unveil new album 'Little Broken Hearts'

April 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Melbourne, Apr 17 (ANI): Norah Jones will be releasing her new album 'Little Broken Hearts' on April 27.

Australia in control of Trinidad Test against Windies

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Trinidad, Apr 17(ANI): Australia has clinched control of the second Test against the West Indies after Michael Clarke opted to open the bowling with left-arm spinner Michael Beer.

Hurley, Warne to wed in 2013

April 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

London, April 17 (IANS) Actress Elizabeth Hurley and boyfriend Shane Warne are planning to tie the knot in both Britain and Australia in 2013.

Law to step down as Bangladesh coach in June

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Dhaka, April 16 (IANS) Former Australian batsman Stuart Law announced Monday that he would quit as the Bangladesh head coach after his contract expires in June.

Kid survives on chocolate near dead mom

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) A two-year-old girl in Australia survived on chocolate for five days after her mother died in their home.

Meet the real life Marge Simpson

April 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Marge, the fictional main character in the American animated sitcom 'The Simpsons', has three kids and lives in the US town of Springfield, just like her animated namesake.

OZ to import Asian workers as aged farmers set to retire in next decade

April 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Canberra, April 16 (ANI): Australia will have to import Asian workers, as the nation's farmers are about to retire in the next decade. The import of workers could lead to the draining of knowledge from Asian countries.

Ponting struggles as Oz top order fails to click in second Test against Windies

April 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Melbourne, Apr 16(ANI): Australian batsman Ricky Ponting continues to struggle as his team's top order failed to click on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies.

Hamilton determined to end his winless run

April 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Beijing, Apr 16 (ANI): Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton is determined to end his winless run after finishing third for the third successive time in the Grand Prix held in Shanghai this time.

'Highly-volatile' Iraq should remain 'no-go zone' for international football matches

April 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Baghdad, Apr 15(ANI): Professional Footballers Association chief executive Brendan Schwab has said Iraq should remain a no-go zone for international soccer matches because of security concerns.

Fury at Gillard's decision to snub London Olympic, fund-raising event invitations

April 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Canberra, April 15 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has disappointed the country's Olympic chief and athletes by turning down invitations to the London Olympics and the team's key fund-raising event.

Half of Brits want to run away from their country

April 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Almost half of the people in Britain are "seriously considering" moving overseas, a survey has found.

Hacker held through photos of girlfriend's breasts

April 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) A hacker has been unmasked after officials managed to trace the GPS data of his house from a photo of his girlfriend's breasts that he had posted online.

Afghan jailed for raping two women in Australia

April 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Melbourne, April 14 (IANS) An Afghan asylum seeker in Australia, who said he did not understand the concept of consensual sex, has been jailed for nine years for brutally raping two women.

Nazi victims' items to be displayed in Australia

April 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Sydney, April 14 (IANS) Over 3,000 personal items - mostly wallets, photos and wristwatches - that were stripped from prisoners on their way to Nazi concentration camps in Germany will now be displayed at a Jewish museum here in Australia.

Sammy eyeing fight-back in Trinidad Test

April 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Bridgetown, April 14 (IANS/CMC) Captain Darren Sammy is convinced the West Indies will learn from Wednesday's three-wicket loss to Australia in the opening Test and bounce back strongly in Trinidad.

Chinese GP: Rosberg takes maiden F1 pole, Force India out of top-10

April 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Shanghai, April 14 (IANS) Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took his maiden pole position in Formula One racing by topping the times sheets in the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying here Saturday. Force India failed to make the top-10.

Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar calls for consistent use of technology in cricket

April 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Islamabad, Apr 14(ANI): Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar, who has won three consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011, has strongly backed the use of technology in cricket, and has called for its consistent utilization.

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