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Aussies climb back to the top of the world rankings

No England player reached 50, with Ben Stokes, who took six for 99 on day one, the top scorer with 47

Ashes 2013-14: England face worst Ashes whitewash

Of the three 5-0 defeats inflicted by Australia this is the biggest disaster as tourists’ batting crumbles once again and captain Alastair Cook looks like he has no more give

Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin scored yet another half-century as he hit 75 in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England

Ashes 2013-14: The Aussie angle

If Haddin is about to retire, what better way to go than after the series of his life in which he has saved the Aussies time and time again?

Ashes 2013-14: Grumpy England let Australia off the hook - again

Brad Haddin impresses once again as England fail to take advantage of impressive start

England all-rounder Ben Stokes took six wickets on day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Six-wicket haul doesn't beat Perth century for England's star man Ben Stokes

Stokes finished the Australia first innings with figures of 6-99 as he shone where England struggled once more

Ashes 2013-14: Green Sydney wicket could force changes for Michael Clarke as the Australia captain targets whitewash

Clarke admits that he doesn't know his own side just yet, let alone England's after SCG pitch is left with a lot of grass on the strip ahead of final Ashes Test

Ice-bound passengers rescued from Antarctic: Helicopter picks up all 52 passengers aboard Akademik Shokalskiy

The helicopter from nearby Chinese icebreaker has now reportedly shuttled all 52 scientists and tourists to safety

Michael Clarke compared the influence of Matt Prior to that of veteran keeper Brad Haddin

The Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior should be back in the team, says Michael Clarke

Throughout these eternal Ashes series each side has been eager to leave the other to their own devices. Inquiries about opponents have been met with a polite but blanket rejection. "What they do is none of our business, guv," has been the gist of the reply as though it was enshrined in the regulations for the series.

Global warming researchers stuck in Antarctic ice likely to spend New Year on board as rescue helicopter stands by

Passengers on a climate change research ship stranded in Antarctica are likely to ring in the New Year on the ice-trapped vessel – as a rescue helicopter on a nearby Chinese ship waits for the weather to clear.

England coach Andy Flower admits that he wants to remain in charge of the side to face the challenge of a 'fresh cycle'

Ashes 2013-14: England coach Andy Flower wants to stay on to face the challenge of a 'fresh cycle' after humbling series defeat

Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia

Shane Watson and Michael Clarke celebrate the Fourth Ashes Test victory over England

Ashes 2013-14: Australia turn attentions to 5-0 whitewash after bowling coach Craig McDermott admits 'excitement' ahead of final Test

Australia could record their second 5-0 series win in three Ashes tours Down Under following the 2006-07 success

Mitchell Johnson has been transformed from figure of derision to a 31-wicket menace

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook should remember Michael Clarke holding back tears after last summer’s drubbing at Lord’s

Aussie Angle: Mitchell Johnson’s job, in the words of Jeff Thomson, is to  ‘run in and let it go whang’

Brumbies are descendants of horses released into the wild and symbolise the romance of the outback for many Australians

To cull or not? ‘Brumby’ wild horses divide Australians

For many Australians, the brumby – or wild horse – symbolises the romance and adventure of the outback.

Alastair Cook, drops David Warner during Australia’s second innings

Ashes 2013-14: 'I enjoy the job. I’ve no plans to quit,' says England captain Alastair Cook

Cook reveals he has no intention of leaving his post after fourth Test thrashing

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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