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Ashes: Ben Duckett suspended from playing on England Lions tour

England Lions batsman Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing on their tour of Australia after pouring a drink over James Anderson in a Perth bar.Duckett, 23, has also been fined and issued with a final written warning over his conduct as an England player.The Lions will play three Twenty20 matches against Perth Scorchers and Duckett will remain with the squad.He was dropped from England's ....

Melbourne installs security warning system across city

Authorities in Melbourne, Australia, have installed loudspeakers that are designed to warn the public in the event of an emergency.The speakers are part of a security upgrade after six people died in January when a man allegedly struck them deliberately with a car.Police will use the speakers - to be deployed in more than 90 locations - to direct the public in an emergency.Messages would advis ....

Australian state legalises assisted dying in national first

The Australian state of Victoria has become the nation's first to legalise assisted dying.The landmark legislation was approved after more than 100 hours of gruelling debate - including two all-night sittings.The law means terminally ill patients in Australia's second-most populous state will have the right to request a lethal drug from mid-2019.They must be aged at least 18 and have less than ....

Australia same-sex marriage bill passes Senate hurdle

Australia is a step closer to legalising same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed a bill in the Senate. The bill, which originated in the upper house, will now be debated in the House of Representatives. If approved there, it will become law.The legislation was introduced after a national vote showed decisive support for legalising same-sex marriage.Senators passed the bill 43-12 on Wednesday, ....

US to stop arming anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia - Turkey

The US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG, Turkey has said.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The White House said it was making "adjustments" to its support for partners inside Syria but did not explicitly name the YPG.Turkey has long complained about ....

Camouflaged police with assault weapons to patrol NT streets at night to reduce youth crime

The Northern Territory's Police Commissioner, Reece Kershaw, has revealed plans to send a unit of camouflaged, specialised police with military-grade assault weapons to patrol Darwin and Alice Springs at night.The Territory Response Group (TRG) is part of the Australian Government's national counter-terrorism taskforce.Mr Kershaw said deploying the TRG was necessary to allay community co ....

Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy

China has criticised Australia for making "irresponsible remarks" over the South China Sea in a policy paper.On Thursday, Australia raised concerns about the "pace and scale" of China's activities in the disputed zone - part of a wide-ranging document setting out Canberra's foreign engagement strategy.Beijing said the paper was generally positive towards China, but Australia should not get i ....

Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers

Asylum seekers who refused to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been moved to new housing after a three-week stand-off, Canberra has confirmed.The group had resisted leaving the Manus Island camp after it shut on 31 October, fearing attacks by locals.Buses carrying about 300 asylum seekers left the centre on Friday after police entered the facility ....

Australian school apologises for 'suggestive' saint statue

An Australian school has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy.The Catholic school in Adelaide apologised on Wednesday for the statue, which was completed recently.The sculpture, portraying St Martin de Porres, was widely criticised after images of it were posted online. The unfortunate position of the loaf of b ....

Australian men forced on to car roof to escape crocodiles

Two men stranded for five days in a remote part of Australia were forced to the roof of their bogged vehicle to avoid rising tides and even a crocodile, police say.Charlie Williams, 19, and Beau Bryce-Morris, 37, were on a fishing trip with a dog in Western Australia on Friday when their car became stuck.The pair made video messages during their ordeal, as a document and a message to their ....

Australian PM cancels parliamentary week amid key debates

The Australian government has cancelled a week of parliament, arguing it will help legalise same-sex marriage and resolve a dual citizenship saga. The lower house will return on 4 December, not 27 November, and not break for the year until the marriage bill is passed, the government said.It gives the Senate time to finish debating the bill before it moves to the lower house, a minister sai ....

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified the world, dies aged 83

Charles Manson, the US cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Los Angeles by his "family" of young followers in the late 1960s, has died aged 83.The California Department of Corrections, where Manson had been held since 1989, said he died of natural causes on Sunday night (local time).The killings committed by Manson's followers horrified the world and revealed a v ....

Mahmoud Hrouk killing: Aymen Terkmani jailed for 45 years for rape and murder of friend

A Sydney man who brutally raped and murdered his 16-year-old friend has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for what the judge called an "unspeakably violent" and disturbing crime.A jury found 24-year-old Aymen Terkmani guilty of sexually assaulting and killing his friend Mahmoud Hrouk in August.Terkmani had pleaded not guilty to his charges during the trial.NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McC ....