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Hingis beats the heat in Melbourne

Triple champion Martina Hingis hurtled into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday, overcoming extreme heat that helped Amelie Mauresmo secure an equally speedy victory. Anastasia Myskina became Russia's fifth woman through, but sixth-seeded Guillermo Coria was knocked out by France's Sebastien Grosjean.

Sharapova, Roddick move up in Australian Open

Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick pressed all the right buttons on Friday to motor into the Australian Open fourth round, but Lindsay Davenport again misfired before getting back on track. The Russian world number four is coming good at the right time, seemingly untroubled by the blisters that hobbled her in the second round.

Hewitt and Pierce crash out of Aussie Open

Third seed Lleyton Hewitt and women's fifth seed Mary Pierce were sent spinning out of the Australian Open on Thursday, but an awesome Roger Federer glided through to the third round. Hewitt's dream of glory in front of his home crowd was shattered by Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela, who outclassed the Australian 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-2.

Serena turns on the heat as Lindsay wobbles

Serena Williams confounded her critics with a dominating display in the Australian Open on Wednesday but world number one Lindsay Davenport wobbled before booking her third round berth. Williams, the defending champion, has looked out of shape and out of form in the lead up to the tournament but put in a determined performance against Camille Pin of France, winning 6-3, 6-1 in just 49 minutes.

North China swamped by floods

There were grave fears on Wednesday about the fate of 36 police cadets still missing after a landslide killed 50 of their colleagues, as masses of people were evacuated from the worst floods in a decade swamping north China. More than 7 000 soldiers, police and local residents were carrying out a search-and-rescue operation.

Hopes fade for 59 missing in typhoon landslide

Hope faded on Tuesday for 59 police trainees missing after a landslide in south-eastern China as the confirmed death toll from Typhoon Longwang rose to 15 and wild weather pummelled other parts of the country. Longwang landed in Fujian on Sunday after leaving at least one dead in Taiwan. So far, 15 are confirmed dead in China.

North Korea digs in as nuclear talks resume

North Korea vowed on Tuesday to keep pushing for the right to peaceful atomic energy, putting it on a collision course with the United States as six-way talks on its nuclear weapons drive resumed. Repeating the demand that broke up the talks five weeks ago, the Stalinist state said it would not bow on the issue to Washington, which rejects nuclear reactors for Pyongyang.

North Korean nuclear talks resume

Last-minute preparations were under way on Monday ahead of the resumption of talks aimed at denuclearising the Korean peninsula, with the United States and North Korea showing few signs of relaxing their positions. Despite a flurry of diplomatic activity during five weeks of recess, no clear signals have emerged that the fourth round of talks restarting on Tuesday will be any different from the past ones, which all ended inconclusively.

China’s delicate balancing act

China has long resisted strong-arm tactics against ally North Korea despite pressure from the United States, conscious that turmoil in its neighbour could create instability across the border. China's own interests rather than wider global concerns are at the heart of its decision-making process.

Diplomatic effort over North Korea

United States and South Korean envoys on Thursday held talks with China aimed at coaxing North Korea back into six-party nuclear talks as the CIA said the Stalinist regime could restart long-range missile testing. The visits come one week after North Korea declared publicly that it possesses nuclear weapons.

Mystery surrounds North Korean blasts

Foreign diplomats taken to the apparent scene of a mystery explosion in North Korea were shown a large building site and told two blasts occurred, but South Korea on Friday cast doubt on Pyongyang's explanation. Suspicions were aroused last week that a nuclear test could have taken place.

China reels from floods, quake

Authorities in south-west China on Wednesday appealed for medicine, food and water as they struggled to cope with the aftermath of ferocious storms that left 169 people dead, 67 missing and thousands sick or injured. Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale struck north-western China's Gansu province.
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