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Australia unveil new brigade for Four Nations

Brett Morris' brilliant 2009 season reached a stunning crescendo today with the St George Illawarra flyer one of three debutants named in the Australian side for this weekend's Four Nations rugby league clash against New Zealand.

BBC Trust blocks plan to let rivals upload to iPlayer

The BBC's plans to allow rival broadcasters to show programmes online through its iPlayer media player were dashed yesterday, after the BBC Trust said the move was "too complicated".

Seven newcomers in New Zealand squad

Seven new faces have today been named in the 23-man squad for the Kiwis' one-off Test against Tonga next week and the inaugural Four Nations in England and France.

Tchaikovsky, By Roland John

Why the Russian maestro Tchaikovsky attributed his remarkable musical voice to his proclivities

Firefighters' disputes set to escalate

A series of local disputes by firefighters is set to escalate to the biggest bout of industrial unrest in the service since a national strike six years ago.

BBC Worldwide joins with Microsoft for VoD service

Microsoft has moved into the online television market by striking a deal with BBC Worldwide and All3Media to offer, free, up to 60 popular shows in their entirety via its new MSN Video Player service.

Restaurant supplier ditches kangaroo meat

Last British retailer to sell delicacy bows to pressure from animal rights groups

Dry me kangaroo down, sport

An Austalian man walking on a Gold Coast toursit beach saw a young kangaroo hopped straight past him and into the sea.

Court halts divisive kangaroo cull

A court suspended a government program to kill 7,000 kangaroos on federal land near Canberra today, halting efforts to thin a mushrooming population of the beloved marsupials that authorities say are threatening endangered species.

Kangaroos in the line of fire in Australia

Australia's capital is plagued by too many kangaroos, and the best solution is to shoot them, an official said today.

Underpants shredded in fight with kangaroo

Australian father battles 6ft marsupial after it jumps through bedroom window

Australian wrestles kangaroo from home

When a dark intruder smashed through his bedroom window and repeatedly bounced on his bed, Beat Ettlin at first was relieved to discover it was a kangaroo.

Why the collapse of Kangaroo is an 'opportunity’ for Microsoft

Ashley Highfield was the king of new media at the BBC. Now, in his first interview since joining Microsoft, he tells Ian Burrell of his plans to make MSN the home of online television

Five places to sleep in the trees

Enjoy a bird's eye view from these luxurious woodland retreats.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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