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Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has announced a new hard-line policy on asylum-seekers – trumping even the recent crackdown by the country’s Labor government, which is now sending all “boat people” to remote Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

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Hackers targeted Ucas.com just hours before thousands of students received their results yesterday

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Mr Rudd took on opposition leader Tony Abbott in a televised debate

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England 238 Australia 222-5: Chris Rogers becomes third-oldest Australian to score maiden Test century and finally discovers a patient partner in Shane Watson

Peter Siddle appeals for lbw against Matt Prior, upheld on review

Ashes 2013: England’s conviction squeezed slowly dry as batsmen go walkabout in Test

Cook’s men again fall short of expected total as Australia seize the advantage

Brandon Starc played cricket ‘as a fielder’ with brother Mitchell

World Athletics Championships: Starc similarities as Mitchell's kid brother gets ready for high jump

According to some critics Down Under, in the wake of the Australian failure to regain the Ashes Mitchell Starc should be for the metaphorical high jump ahead of the fourth Test, which starts at Chester-le-Street this morning. "He lacks the consistency needed to succeed at Test level," boomed Nick Richardson of The Roar website.

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Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

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Alastair Cook: 'It was a strange day but I'd have snapped your hand off to retain the Ashes in 14 days'

Alastair Cook became the first England captain for 85 years to help his team retain the Ashes this early and called on cricket’s rulers to end the confusion surrounding the umpires’ use of technology.

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Ashes 2013: Matt Prior wants ‘frustrating’ DRS to be used properly

Matt Prior hinted yesterday that England had started to lose faith in the use of technology in an Ashes  series that has contained plenty of umpiring controversy.

David Warner calls for a review after being caught yesterday

The Ashes: Dopey cameo from David Warner inspires Roses rivalry truce

Hats off to David Warner. How many other cricketers could inspire an Old Trafford crowd to feel protective towards a Yorkshireman?

Ashes 2013: Frustrated England toil as Michael Clarke displays class

Australia reach 303 for 3 on the first day of the third Test at Old Trafford

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Katie Ledecky took six seconds off the 1500 metres freestyle world record as she claimed her second gold of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen still doubtful for Old Trafford Test

England are continuing their anxious wait over Kevin Pietersen’s fitness for the third Test in the Ashes series.

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Ian Bell on the Ashes 2013: Our aim was to keep Australia in the field and wear them down mentally

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The Light Roller: There is no easy way back for these Aussies

The captain does his best to stay positive but the coach seems to forget that the state of Australian cricket has changed dramatically since his playing days

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