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

Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules: The last combat veteran to serve in the Great War and the last man to serve in both World Wars

Claude Choules, who has died at the age of 110, was the very last combat veteran to have seen active service in the Great War. He was also the last man to have served in both World Wars and to have witnessed thesurrender and scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet. In the Second World War he served with the Royal Australian Navy as a demolition officer tasked with the sabotage of Fremantle Harbour in the event of a Japanese invasion.

Last World War I veteran dies aged 110

The last know combat veteran of the First World War has died at the age of 110, his family said today.

Robbie Fowler agrees to re-join Perth Glory

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has verbally accepted an offer to re-join Perth Glory for next season although a contract is yet to be signed.

Aussie floods, Christchurch, Japan – the catastrophic honeymoon tour

It may go down in history as the ultimate honeymoon from hell.

Riots hit Australia's hated 'asylum island'

Australia's reviled immigration-detention system appeared on the brink of breakdown yesterday, with police braced for a fifth night of riots at one centre, unrest spreading to others and an asylum-seeker found hanged in his room – the fourth such suicide in a year.

Michael McCarthy: Why put one of the Earth's last pristine reefs at risk?

They're the world's richest ecosystems. They're also the world's most threatened ecosystems. Why would you want to add to the risks now facing coral reefs, when you don't have to?

Shell oil exploration threatens one of the world's great wonders

Anglo-Dutch conglomerate applies for permit to drill just 30 miles off World Heritage-listed coral reef in Western Australia

Australia: Great white sharks kill deep-sea diver

A deep-sea diver has been killed by sharks in a rare attack off southern Australia.

Culture under the microscope: A new art exhibition features cells, proteins and living tissue

Does this biological art belong in a gallery – or back in the lab?

Australian PM weeps for flood victims

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, fought back tears yesterday as she addressed parliament and spoke about the string of natural disasters that have struck the nation this year.

Wildfires destroy 40 homes and 4,000 acres

Firefighters in Western Australia have been battling wildfires which have razed 4,000 acres around Perth and destroyed at least 40 homes, as the east coast recovers from a cyclone and record flooding.

Video: Wildfire tears across Perth

A wildfire has destroyed around 60 homes in the outskirts of the Western Australian capital of Perth.

Australian wildfire destroys over forty homes

A wildfire that tore across the outskirts of an Australian city destroyed at least 41 homes and damaged another 19.

Marsh proves to be chip off the old block – to all except the selectors

Batsman's fluent century makes a mockery of his omission from Australia's World Cup squad
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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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