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Gone in 60 seconds: The last moments of Glencairn Tower in Motherwell, Scotland

The art of demolition: Bringing down a multi-storey structure is a process as scientific as it is creative

When Glencairn Tower went down in November, 64 charges – 100kg of the latest explosives placed with scientific precision – brought all 17 storeys down in just five seconds.

Ed Cowan will make his debut against India

Australia hand debut to opener Ed Cowan

Ed Cowan is set to make his debut for Australia in the first Test against India which gets under way at the MCG on Boxing Day.

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RAF veteran says government covered up scale of nuclear tests

Ex-airman's evidence could prove crucial in court case against Ministry of Defence

Ash cloud grounds more flights in Australia

International and domestic flights through Australian airports were cancelled today as an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano moved into the country's airspace.

UN claims Canberra has racist policies

The United Nations top human rights envoy attacked Australia's tough refugee policies and the treatment of outback Aborigines yesterday, saying there was a strong undercurrent of racism in the country.

Cadets in court over sex scandal

Two military cadets were arrested yesterday over a scandal in which a woman accused a fellow cadet of secretly filming her having sex and showing it to his comrades.

Rugby round-up: Leeds move Back to front after Key departure

In the Aviva Premiership today, Leeds – who sacked their director of rugby, Andy Key, in midweek – are away to Saracens. Neil Back, who has taken sole charge of the team, will have the England forwards Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie back in his pack. Next Sunday, bottom-placed Leeds are at home to 11th-placed Newcastle in what, to apply a football cliché to bonus-point-enhanced rugby, will be "a real 10-pointer". An unlikely Leeds win at Vicarage Road would overhaul the Falcons a week early.

Relief as Queensland studies cyclone damage

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in Australia pulled houses apart and snapped power poles as it ripped across flood-sodden Queensland state Thursday but didn't kill anyone.

England's women seal victory in Twenty20 series

England's women wrapped up a Twenty20 series victory by beating their Australian counterparts by four wickets in Canberra yesterday. It was their third successive victory in the five-match series and clinched a first-ever series win Down Under.

Greenway keeps a cool head to lead England home in tight chase

Lydia Greenway guided England Women to victory for the second consecutive match as they beat Australia by five wickets in a Twenty20 international in Melbourne.

Strauss: This is only the start for England and for me

Andrew Strauss hopes to lead England in their defence of the Ashes in 2013, writes Stephen Brenkley.

Leading article: Australia is keeping its head above water

If an area the size of France and Germany disappeared under water in most parts of the world, the consequences would be shattering. A special session of the United Nations might well be held as aid agencies scrambled to draw up emergency strategies.

New power generation: The world leaders of tomorrow

Every politician talks of building a better tomorrow. But who will actually be in charge in 20 years' time? Our foreign correspondents meet the promising young men and women from around the world who are already on the path to power

Crusaders poach long-serving Eaton from Keighley

Keighley are are resigned to losing their long-serving coach, Barry Eaton, as the reborn Crusaders gear up for their second season in Super League.

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