Sport Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree: England must start beating the major South Hemisphere teams

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree today demanded England start beating the major South Hemisphere teams, starting with Australia at Twickenham tomorrow.

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78-year-old convicted of child sex attacks dating back 60 years

A former serviceman was today found guilty of sexually assaulting four young girls.

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Australia to kill sharks on sight

A rise in the number of shark attacks has prompted Australia to introduce a controversial "kill on sight" policy, designed to protect beachgoers from Great Whites that get too close.

Gina Rinehart:
Age: 58.
Estimated worth: A$29.17bn.
Company: Hancock Prospecting.
Family: Four children, estranged from three. Second husband, Frank Rinehart, died 1990.
Lifestyle: Workaholic.
Home: A$25m Perth mansion.
<p>Angela Bennett:
Age: 66.
Estimated worth: A$2.03bn.
Company: Wright Prospecting.
Family: Married with seven children. Estranged from brother and his two children.
Lifestyle: Sails around world on A$20m yacht, Platinum.
Home: Downsized from A$57.5m Perth mansion to A$8m apartment

Richest women in Australia go to war over mining rights

Bitter rivals Gina Rinehart and Angela Bennett launch legal actions against each other

Two epic Australian rail adventures offer two-for-one deals if you book by the end of October and travel before April 2013. The Ghan train (pictured), which takes three days from Darwin to Adelaide, is A$1,469 (£979) for two passengers. The longer four-day trip on The Indian Pacific, from Perth to Sydney, is AUS$1,510 (£1,007). Both include a

Australian census results show wealth is moving away from urban centres to remote, thinly populated towns

Australia’s most affluent citizens used to occupy grand Melbourne residences or palatial houses overlooking Sydney Harbour. Now they live in far-flung mining towns, often surrounded by desert and hundreds of miles from city amenities.

A deadly 16ft great white shark leaps from the water off Australia

Let us kill great whites, says Western Australia as protected species claims its fifth victim

Western Australia called on the federal government yesterday to lift a ban on the fishing of great white sharks following an unprecedented fifth death in its waters within less than a year.

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Asylum-seeker tragedy in the Indian Ocean as 75 people are thought drowned

Yet another asylum-seeker tragedy was playing out in the Indian Ocean last night, with at least 75 people believed drowned when their boat capsized and a second boat reportedly also in trouble.

Scores of people feared drowned after refugee boat capsizes south of Indonesia

Scores of people are feared drowned after a boat believed to be carrying about 200 asylum seekers capsized south of Indonesia.

In March, Forbes estimated Gina Rinehart to be worth $18bn

Mining tycoon beats Wal-Mart heiress to title of richest woman

Industrialist Gina Rinehart earns £32m a day from her Australian iron-ore concerns

Yacht crew injured in round-the-world race

Emergency medical supplies have been dropped by the US Coastguard for the 62-foot yacht Geraldton Western Australia after four crew members were injured 400 miles off California.

Diver 'killed instantly'in shark attack

A man was killed by a shark yesterday while diving with his brother off a beach in Australia. It is the country's fourth fatal shark attack since September, all of them off the continent's south-west corner.

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