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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. The deployment of 300 Australian troops to the Taji military base north of Baghdad is part of a joint…

    Associated Press13 mins ago
  • Misbah hopes Pakistan handle flights and fights

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his team's exhausting trans-Tasman flight schedule won't undermine their World Cup hopes as they prepare to tackle the amateurs of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. Pakistan flew to Brisbane from Christchurch last week to play Zimbabwe and then hopped back…

    AFP39 mins ago
  • Australia on El Nino watch after Pacific Ocean warms

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau said on Tuesday the chance of an El Nino developing this year had risen to about 50 percent after signs of renewed warming in tropical Pacific Ocean. The Bureau of Meteorology said six out of eight international models it surveyed indicated that sea…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • Ex-principal 'sorry' for sex abuse at elite Australian school

    A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge. Knox Grammar in Sydney, whose ex-pupils include the late former prime minister Gough Whitlam and…

    AFP48 mins ago
  • Australian Hayne closer to NFL dream with 49ers futures deal

    Australian rugby league international Jarryd Hayne is one step closer to his realizing his dream of carving out an NFL career after securing a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The 27-year-old announced his deal at a media conference in Sydney on Tuesday, five months after stunning…

    Reuters54 mins ago
  • Afghans face acid test in Cricket World Cup match against Australia

    Afghanistan face their toughest test of the World Cup so far when they play four-time champions Australia in Perth on Wednesday. Afghanistan have been the 'Cinderella' story of this World Cup, with their maiden win -- a thrilling one-wicket victory over Scotland in Dunedin last time out -- one of…

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. The deployment of 300 Australian troops to the Taji military base north of Baghdad is part of a joint…

    Associated Press
  • Australia sending more troops to Iraq to train local forces

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Pakistan seeks batting form in World Cup clash with UAE

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pakistan's need for an emphatic batting performance and United Arab Emirates' determination to prove itself against top teams means there is unlikely to be much fraternal goodwill when the teams meet in a Cricket World Cup Pool B match at Napier's McLean Park on…

    Associated Press
  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission

    Australia will send an additional 300 soldiers to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday, following a request from the United States to contribute to an international training coalition. Australia last year committed a 600-strong force…

    Reuters
  • China Lion to Release Andy Lau's 'Lost and Love' in North America, Australia

    The movie will open day-and-date with mainland China later this month.

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Cricket-Australia were "nervous" against New Zealand - Johnson

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, March 3 (Reuters) - Nerves got the better of Australia's batting lineup in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand at the weekend and they may have been overawed by the occasion, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson said. New Zealand skittled Australia's batsmen for…

    Reuters
  • Meet 2 New Spider Species: 'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin'

    Two gorgeous new species of peacock spiders nicknamed "Skeletorus" and"Sparklemuffin" have been discovered in Australia, according to a new report. The two new species were found in southeast Queensland by Madeline Girard, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who studies…

    LiveScience.com
  • Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Monday, March 2

    Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Monday: - - - - CRICKET World Cup (to 29) Monday is the first rest day of the tournament but we will bring you news and comment from the team camps as they prepare for the next tranche of pool matches. (CRICKET-WORLD/ expect throughout, 400 words) - - Watson…

    Reuters
  • Cricket-England's Lanka loss worse than Kiwi crushing - Atherton

    England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton. Tim Southee claimed 7-33 and skipper Brendon McCullum blasted the…

    Reuters
  • Cummins an injury doubt, Faulkner nears Australia return

    Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins sustained a minor injury in the loss to New Zealand at the weekend but all-rounder James Faulkner is close to a return for the World Cup co-hosts after recovering from a side strain. Injury-prone Cummins reported a "slight side strain" after making his World Cup…

    Reuters
  • Emperor penguins may have suffered in ice age cold: study

    They prefer freezing conditions but Antarctica's emperor penguins may have struggled with the cold during the last Ice Age when temperatures cooled, a study suggested Monday. Too much sea ice could have also reduced the locations for breeding, while a shrinking of the ice would have allowed them…

    AFP