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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

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Rio Tinto trumped analysts' expectations yesterday when it unveiled record first-half earnings, driven by booming commodity sales, particularly to China.

Xstrata outlines $5bn growth plan as earnings soar

Xstrata is planning to invest more than $5bn (£3bn) in new projects as its focus shifts from acquisitions to organic growth.

Aboriginal warrior in 'dignified' burial

The remains of Yagan, the 19th-century Aboriginal warrior, have been laid to rest in Western Australia, nearly 180 years after he was killed and his severed head displayed in a British museum.

Rio and BHP score points over Australian government with iron ore royalty deal

Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton yesterday agreed to pay Western Australia increased royalties if the companies' huge iron ore joint venture in the state is given the green light.

Johnson refuses to turn his frown upside down

It took Martin Johnson a little while to work his way into "told-you-so" mode – his initial response to the first English Test victory south of the Equator in almost seven years was a thoroughly curmud- geonly "pretty pleased" – but once he found his touch there was no stopping him.

Banahan banned but Flood calls on England to raise their ambitions

Wilkinson likely to come in for second Test as tourists seek to end their reliance on set-piece dominance

Angry Johnson floored by rope-a-dope tactics

Steve Thompson, the England hooker who helped win a World Cup in Australia seven years ago, summoned memories of an older, even more glorious sporting landmark in the immediate aftermath of his side's deeply disappointing defeat on the banks of the Swan River.

Australian billionaires take to the streets for tax protest

It was, by any measure, a most unusual rally. Many of the placard-waving protesters gathered in a Perth park wore suits and ties, and impassioned speeches were delivered from the back of a flat-bed truck by two billionaires, including Australia's richest woman.

England tourists face a Barnes baptism of fire

If England have grown accustomed to facing tougher opponents than a band of Barbarians when opening their summer accounts in Australia, it is only because the "short tour" format – a prime example of rugby lunacy if ever there was one – forced them to take on the Wallabies themselves within a few hours of passing through customs.

Deep in the desert – the gold mine that swallowed a town

Business is booming at Western Australia's giant super pit – but for the local community, there's a high price to pay. Kathy Marks reports

Australia could ship migrants to desert mining camp

They have been sent to remote Pacific islands and to the Indian Ocean – now asylum-seekers intercepted in Australian waters may end up in the middle of the desert, in a near-empty former gold-mining town.

Lotta Bottle: The best summer wines

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Power cut as major storm hits Perth

A major storm has caused widespread flooding, collapsed roofs and power cuts to 150,000 customers in the western Australian city of Perth.

Anthony Rose: 'Much of today’s wine is in the hands of global corporations. But the family can be a powerful brand in its own right'

It's hard to underestimate the value of family when so much of today's wine is in the hands of the faceless global corporations. But the family can also be a powerful brand in its own right. "Family ownership guarantees a patient and long-term outlook, much needed in the wine industry," says Spain's Miguel Torres. With Antinori and Mouton Rothschild, Torres is a member of Primum Familiae Vini, a high-powered family association sharing their vision of wine. Ten of Italy's Valpolicella families have recently gone down a similar route and New Zealand Family of Twelve, based on the idea of 12 wines to a case, have embraced one another with the aim of flexing their combined muscle.

Asif exploits tricky wicket to humiliate fragile Aussies

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