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Australia's 'orphans' sue for their lost childhood

Thousands of children were plucked from British slums to be treated like slaves on the other side of the world. Kathy Marks reports on the campaign for justice

Thomas signs new Crusaders contract

Dual-code international Gareth Thomas has shelved his plans to retire at the end of the season and signed a new one-year contract with Super League club Crusaders.

Parish pips Australian rivals to Salford post

Matt Parish, not in the running until this week, has come up on the rails to win the chance to coach Salford. The former Balmain centre, currently part of the New South Wales coaching staff, has been named as Shaun McRae's successor at the City Reds.

Brown stays on with Huddersfield

Nathan Brown has removed any doubts over his immediate future as Huddersfield coach by agreeing a one-year contract extension.

The outback's new gold rush

Kathy Marks joins the 21st-century wave of amateur fortune hunters as they set out to Kalgoorlie in search of soaring prices

Video: Warship sunk to create reef

Authorities in Australia sink a decommissioned warship off the coast of New South Wales to create an artificial reef.

Bosie's love letters point to cover-up in Oscar Wilde trial

The playwright's lover was having another relationship

The most scandal-ridden government ever known?

The Labor government of Australia's largest and most populous state is facing an epic defeat tomorrow after 16 years in power, following a string of scandals possibly unrivalled in the Western world.

Thousands line Sydney streets for Gay Mardi Gras

Grooms with grooms and brides with brides were a regular sight on inner Sydney streets today as the campaign for gay marriage in Australia emerged as a main theme of one of the world's premier gay and lesbian parades.

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.

IAG's British arm suffers £76m loss

Insurance Australia Group, the parent of the Lloyd's of London insurer Equity Red Star, reported worse-than-expected losses in the UK yesterday as it struggles with soaring injury claims.

Boyd Tonkin: Poet who combines high art with common life

A couple of years ago, I heard Derek Walcott speak at the St Lucia high commission in London to an audience largely made up of his fellow-islanders. As always, he insisted that pride in a place and a home should always combine with a keen embrace of the best the wide world of culture has to offer. "Art is as necessary as sewage," he said.

Video: Australia floods head south

Floods have hit New South Wales and Victoria after spreading south from Queensland.

Letters: Bankers and their bonuses

Why do bankers think they are worth it?
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