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Japan, Australia dominate first day of SailGP in Sydney

More Sports Feb 15, 2019

Japan, Australia dominate first day of SailGP in Sydney

Olympic gold medalists Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge dominated the opening day of the inaugural SailGP races for their respective teams in light winds on Sydney Harbour. Japan, skippered by Outteridge, won the opening race and also recorded two second placings. Skippered by 2012 Olympic ...

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Feb 15, 2019

Tasmania fires may wipe out ancient species

Tasmania's ancient rainforest and alpine flora species face an uncertain future, scientists have warned, after out-of-control bush fires consumed vast tracts of wild bush land. As authorities downgraded emergency warnings Friday, with wetter weather — and even some snow — bringing respite from more than ...

Thai court orders release of refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi

Soccer Feb 11, 2019

Thai court orders release of refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and ...

Sydney storm leaves thousands without power

Asia Pacific Feb 9, 2019

Sydney storm leaves thousands without power

Thousands of Sydney homes were without power Saturday after severe storms hit Australia's largest city, causing transport hold-ups, inundating vehicles with floodwater and delaying a national Australian rules footbal match. Heavy rains and lightning storms lashed parts of Sydney late Friday, with close to 60 ...

Business Feb 4, 2019

D-Day for Aussie banks as inquiry report into misdeeds set for release

The Australian government is due to release on Monday the final recommendations of the independent inquiry that exposed systemic wrongdoing in Australia's financial sector last year, likely leading to sweeping changes to the country's banking industry. The big banks, insurers, pension funds and regulators who ...