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New Zealand survive Stoinis-Daniel scare to secure thrilling win over Australia in 2nd T20I
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New Zealand survive Stoinis-Daniel scare to secure thrilling win over Australia in 2nd T20I

Marcus Stoinis' 78 off 37 balls and Daniel Sams' 41 off 15 balls weren't enough to help Australia secure a win as New Zealand emerged victorious in the second T20I by four runs on Thursday. With this thrilling win, New Zealand has taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. Martin Guptill returned to form with a sensational knock while James Neesham slammed 45 off 16 balls before Stoinis and Daniel almost got Australia over the line. Neesham dismissed both Stoinis and Daniel in the final over to help New Zealand secure a win in the second T20I. For the Kiwis, Mitchell Santner picked four, Neesham struck two while Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi picked a wicket each. Chasing a mammoth 220, Australia got off to a good start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But...
Australia closer to passing watershed Google, Facebook laws
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Australia closer to passing watershed Google, Facebook laws

Australia's lawmakers today inched closer to passing landmark laws that would force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay news outlets for content and could set a precedent for tighter regulation in other nations. The country is on course to become the first to introduce laws that challenge big technology firms' dominance in the news content market, with Canada and Britain considering similar moves. Under a global spotlight, Australian senators resumed debating the proposal already endorsed by the parliament's lower house. The government does not have a majority in the Senate, though the country's opposition Labor party has said it will support the legislation despite loud protests from the tech giants. Facebook has taken the most hardline approach amid concerns about t...
Australia begins coronavirus vaccinations
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Australia begins coronavirus vaccinations

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has become one of the first Australians to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Morrison on Sunday morning received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine alongside Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and a small group of aged care residents and staff and frontline pandemic workers. Jane Malysiak, an 84-year-old World War II survivor, was the first Australian to receive a vaccine, according to The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). "Tomorrow our vaccination program starts, so as a curtain-raiser today we're here making some very important points; that it's safe, that it's important, and we need to start with those who are most vulnerable and are on the front line," Morrison said. Earlier on Sunday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the decisio...
Australia reiterates commitment to deepen cooperation at 3rd Quad foreign ministers’ meeting
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Australia reiterates commitment to deepen cooperation at 3rd Quad foreign ministers’ meeting

Australia on Friday reiterated their commitment to deepen Quad cooperation on regional priorities ranging from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, maritime security, infrastructure, supply chain resilience, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, cyber and critical technologies to countering disinformation, in a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade press release. Payne along with her counterparts Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in the third India-Australia-Japan-USA Quad Ministerial Meeting on Thursday. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne further stated in the release, "We discussed the importance of deepening our cooperation to address...
Australia’s second-largest city could be placed under Covid-19 lockdown
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Australia’s second-largest city could be placed under Covid-19 lockdown

Australia’s second-most populous city could be placed under a five-day snap lockdown, local media reported today, potentially limiting crowds at the Australian Open major tennis tournament. A fresh Covid-19 cluster linked to a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, capital of Victoria state, reached 13 cases as of Thursday midnight as authorities rushed to quash the spread of the virus. The state cabinet will consider plans for the hard lockdown with restrictions to be put in place on leaving home for non-essential services and gathering at homes, the Herald Sun newspaper reported, citing a government source. The lockdown measures are expected to impact only residents of Melbourne, the report said, although those curbs could prevent crowds at the Australian Open tournament. Prime Ministe...
Australia’s Victoria state considers N95 masks for quarantine hotels
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Australia’s Victoria state considers N95 masks for quarantine hotels

 The Australian state of Victoria is considering making N95 masks mandatory for quarantine hotels and will also ban nebuliser machines for inhaling medication at them, after a cluster of three cases was linked to a hotel. The first case linked to an infected traveller in quarantine at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport was a hotel worker with two more cases reported today. The hotel has been shut until further notice for cleaning and contact tracing. Victoria state chief health officer Brett Sutton said the working hypothesis was the new cases came from “an exposure event that involved a medical device called a nebuliser and it vaporises medication or liquid into a fine mist”. The mist can remain suspended in the air for several minutes, Sutton said. Sutton said the retur...
Australia says reporter held in China for ‘supplying state secrets’
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Australia says reporter held in China for ‘supplying state secrets’

An Australian journalist who worked as an anchor for Chinese state television has been formally arrested for “illegally supplying state secrets overseas”, six months after she was detained in China without explanation, Canberra said today. Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne said Chinese authorities informed her that Cheng Lei was formally arrested on February 5, after disappearing from public view last August. “Chinese authorities have advised that Ms. Cheng was arrested on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas,” Payne said in a statement. The detention of Cheng, who conducted interviews with international CEOs for CGTN’s Global Business and BizTalk shows, came as relations between Beijing and Canberra languish. China was infuriated at Australia’s calls f...
Pat Cummins wants to audition before taking up Australia’s captaincy
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Pat Cummins wants to audition before taking up Australia’s captaincy

Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Thursday said that he would want to gain some experience as a leader first before taking up the role of captain. Australia suffered a 2-1 win defeat at the hands of India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and since then there have been few calls to replace Tim Paine as the Test captain. Cummins is currently the vice-captain and he is in line to be the next leader of the Australian cricket team. "Absolutely - at the moment I have not got too much experience at all, just a couple of warm-up games in England and other than that it is Under-16s cricket when I last captained. So, for sure, it is something that is going to be more on the radar. Even to increase my experience as vice-captain if I ever need to step in or help out Painey or Finchy, I think it is somethi...
Australian state borders to reopen with zero local virus cases
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Australian state borders to reopen with zero local virus cases

Coronavirus-induced border restrictions separating Australia’s three most populous states were set to be eased, authorities said today, as the country recorded its 11th straight day of zero Covid-19 cases. Australian states imposed quarantine and hard border restrictions for travellers from New South Wales (NSW) state after an outbreak in Sydney in late December, throwing Christmas holiday plans of thousands of Australians into chaos. The Sydney clusters have now been curbed, giving other states, who have been recording zero coronavirus cases, the confidence to reopen borders. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today her northeast state would welcome NSW residents from February 1. “I want to see families and friends reunited,” Palaszczuk said in a televised news conf...
Drug kingpin, dubbed Asia’s El Chapo, arrested after Australia probe
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Drug kingpin, dubbed Asia’s El Chapo, arrested after Australia probe

The alleged ringleader of Asia’s biggest crime syndicate and one of the world’s most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing for his extradition to face trial. Police had been chasing alleged drug kingpin Tse Chi Lop, 57, for years until his arrest by Dutch police on Friday acting on a request from Australia’s federal police. In a statement Sunday, Australian authorities said a man “of significant interest” to law enforcement agencies had been detained. A police spokeswoman confirmed his name as Tse Chi Lop. The Chinese-born Canadian citizen has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. He has been named by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known ...
India’s heroic triumph in Australia underlines strength in depth
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India’s heroic triumph in Australia underlines strength in depth

As the impact of India’s fairytale 2-1 series win in Australia gradually sinks in the country would be justified in believing the team’s future is in safe hands after their newcomers gave a good account of themselves ‘Down Under’. The scenes at the Gabba late on Tuesday afternoon were in stark contrast to those from Adelaide a month ago when India lost the opening test in three days, having suffered the ignominy of scoring their lowest ever innings total of 36. With India 1-0 down and regular captain Virat Kohli, the team’s batting mainstay, back home to attend the birth of his first child, it did not take pundits long to predict a 4-0 thumping for the tourists against a full-strength Australia. The situation worsened for India as the injury count mounted and come the series decider in ...
India win Gabba thriller, claim series 2-1
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India win Gabba thriller, claim series 2-1

Rishabh Pant unleashed a Twenty20-style batting assault to fire India to an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth test decider on Tuesday as Ajinkya Rahane’s injury-ravaged tourists humbled Australia with a 2-1 series triumph. The wicketkeeper-batsman swung for the fences in an extraordinary 89 in 138 balls as India galloped to a record 328-run chase at the Gabba, becoming the first team since the West Indies in 1988 to beat Australia at their Brisbane stronghold. With regular captain Virat Kohli back home, and deploying an attack of raw recruits in Queensland, India mowed down 145 runs after tea to claim the win when Pant smashed Josh Hazlewood to the fence for four with 18 balls to spare. Pant’s stellar innings was only one of a slew of heroic efforts by the Indian side, with a ba...
Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus
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Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus

Two Australian Open players tested positive for coronavirus, health officials announced Tuesday, taking the cluster of cases associated with the Grand Slam tennis tournament to seven. The Victoria state health department said a total of nine people have tested positive while in quarantine ahead of the event in Melbourne, but two cases were deemed to be historical infections on Tuesday. Positive cases on three charter flights have left 72 players confined to their hotel rooms, but health officials said none had yet been cleared to return to training as a result of the cases being reclassified.
Australia push lead to 276 in fourth test decider
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Australia push lead to 276 in fourth test decider

Australia stretched their lead to 276 runs in the fourth test decider against India in Brisbane on Monday before rain brought tea early with the hosts having reached 243 for seven. Tailender Pat Cummins was two not out, with Mitchell Starc on one run at the Gabba, in a contest shaping up to be a cliffhanger if conditions allow. With the series level at 1-1, the hosts must win the match to claim the Border-Gavaskar trophy while India need only a draw to retain the silverware after their breakthrough 2-1 win in the 2018/19 series in Australia. The home side face a tricky decision as to when to declare with rain also forecast on the final day. Australia resumed on 149 for four after lunch, with Steve Smith and Cameron Green looking to build the lead after India tore through the top order ...
India need 324 to win after Siraj claims maiden Test five
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India need 324 to win after Siraj claims maiden Test five

Playing only this third Test match, fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul to give India a sniff in the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. Siraj’s 5/73 coupled with another fine piece of fast bowling from Shardul Thakur (4/61), helped India bowl Australia out for 294 in their second innings, which set the visitors 328 to win. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma cracked a boundary first over of the innings off Mitchell Starc before rain forced early stumps with 23 overs left to be bowled. Play will once again star half an hour early on Day 5 and hopefully produce a fitting end to what has been an enthralling series. Australia resumed their innings on 21/0 with David Warner and Marcus Harris extending their promising start from Day 3, but their dismissals in ...