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With the London 2012 Games now over, countries around around have praised Britain for putting on one of the most successful Olympics in recent times.
Squid-style sex leaves cephalopods suffering from temporary muscle fatigue
Addressing a libertarian think tank in Perth last July, the British climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton urged Australians to create a home-grown version of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News. Lord Monckton's visit was part-funded by one of his biggest Australian fans, Gina Rinehart, the multi-billionaire iron ore magnate. A year on, Ms Rinehart – the country's wealthiest individual – is on the verge of becoming its newest media mogul, a prospect sending a chill through newsrooms, boardrooms and the corridors of government.
Mining magnate accused by government of trying to use newspapers to promote her interests
Steve Williams still doesn't know what all the fuss is about. Yesterday the caddie who last week called his former employer, Tiger Woods, "that black arsehole", told a reporter he believes the race row has been blown out of all proportion.
Sydney FC yesterday confirmed the signing of Brett Emerton from Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal. The Australia international returns to his homeland after an 11-year spell in Europe which took in stints at Feyenoord and Blackburn.
Labor MP accused of using trade union credit card to pay thousands to brothel
Police are investigating business links between Mr Peters and the firm where Ms Pulver's father is chief executive
Neighbours object to footballer's plans for Sydney writer's house
Surfers returned to the seas at Bronte beach yesterday following days of high tides in Sydney, Australia. Adverse weather eased and sea conditions were reported as clean with swells of 1-3 feet.
Do we care that Cloud Control recently won the Australian equivalent of the Mercury Prize?
A teenager has been charged with breaking into a Justin Bieber concert and throwing eggs at the Canadian pop star.
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.
Hull have sacked their full-back Jordan Tansey just days before the start of the Super League season. The 24-year-old has had his contract terminated with immediate effect for disciplinary reasons. The decision comes after he was left out of the pre-season friendly against Castleford for breaking the club's rules on drinking.
Because the world's New Year dawns in Australia before most of the rest of the world, the celebrations are taken seriously here. Sydney is "the New Year's Eve capital of the world", according to Make Your Mark, an environmental campaign which has been launched for the occasion.
Kathy Marks on new findings of how native people fared in Australia after their terrifying initial contact with Europeans