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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003