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Wills and Kate head to Solomons as topless row rages on

Prince William and wife Catherine headed to the Solomon Islands as their lawyers lodged a criminal complaint in France over topless photos of her.

Ponting says he’s fit for fourth Test

Australia captain Ricky Ponting declared himself fit for the all-important fourth Ashes Test after a strong training session on Saturday.

Pietersen says Aussie sledgers can’t top Warne

England's Kevin Pietersen said on Wednesday that Australia's current team could not out-sledge Test greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

England’s Cook dismisses Melbourne pitch switch

England opener Alastair Cook played down a growing row over Australia's move to change pitches for the vital Melbourne Ashes Test.

Australia gets first woman PM after shock party coup

Wales-born lawyer Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister on Thursday after the once-popular Kevin Rudd fell to a party coup.

Fresh threat from deadly Australian wildfires

Fires that have claimed 166 lives have threatened to engulf a dozen more Australian communities, leaving a grim legacy of charred homes and bodies.

Australia bush fires leave trail of death

At least 93 people have been killed and entire towns razed in the worst wildfire disaster in Australian history.

Miners counselled as rescue nears end

Paramedics and psychologists were on Thursday counselling two Australian miners buried alive for nine days as rescuers inched towards them, drilling through tonnes of rock. With the method and speed of the rescue attempt limited by fears of a new rockfall, the medics were available 24 hours a day at one end of a narrow pipe which is the only link the men have to the outside world.

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