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A man was killed by a shark on Saturday while diving with his brother off a beach in southwestern Australia, authorities said. It's the fourth fatal shark attack in Australia since September, all of them off the continent's southwest corner.

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The India opener Gautam Gambhir has criticised Australia's batsmen ahead of the fourth Test, which starts in Adelaide tomorrow. Gambhir said the Australians would struggle on the spin-friendly pitches of the subcontinent, and accused Australia of tailoring pitches to suit their young pace attack.

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The mining giant BHP Billiton said yesterday it was eyeing record iron-ore production this year, allaying fears of a slowdown in China.

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Margaret Court embroiled in same-sex row that threatens to spill over into Australian Open

Tennis great Margaret Court told Reuters today she was sad her religious views were being used as fuel for a planned protest at next week's Australian Open, but said she remained staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage.

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Mining boom drives growth Down Under

Australia's economy grew by 1 per cent in the third quarter as mining increased to meet Asian demand.

Aborigines block bid for gas refinery on 'Dreamtime' heritage site

The future of a massive gas refinery set to be built on a pristine stretch of coast in north-west Australia is in doubt after a court declared government moves to compulsorily acquire the land illegal and Aboriginal leaders revealed the site was used for cultural ceremonies.

Phillip Roe, one of the traditional owners in the area who is opposed to the gas facility, at James Price Point where the plant and a new port will be sited

Broome: Dubai Down Under

The far north-west of Australia is a sparsely populated oasis where ancient Aboriginal beliefs still prevail. The trouble is, there's gas there – and developers who want to turn it into a new Emirate. Kathy Marks reports from Broome

Britain's top sailors battle it out for world championship title

A no-holds-barred fight between five top British sailors is in prospect for a world championship title as all 10 Olympic classes race on the Indian Ocean, former home of the America’s Cup.

Bodyboarder killed in shark attack

A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia, killing the man, police said. Authories were reportedly searching for the shark as well as the man's missing limbs.

Half of all ancient Aboriginal rock art at risk of being lost

Archaeologists launch campaign to save Australia's indigenous paintings

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Western Australia: A beach break with a difference

A scientific research project in Western Australia offers the chance to explore the coastline by day and track turtles at night.

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