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'Fake' Indian journalists held in Australia over human trafficking

The group told officials at Brisbane airport that they had arrived to cover the Commonwealth Games.

If convicted of human trafficking, the journalist, who had a valid media pass, faces up to 20 years in jail.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia's Gold Coast between 4 and 15 April.

The group had travelled through Bangkok, where officials suspected them of carrying fraudulent documents and alerted authorities in Australia.

Magellan tears up sponsorship deal with Cricket Australia over ball-tampering scandal

The naming rights sponsorship of the men's national cricket team's domestic series, estimated by the Australian Financial Review to be worth $20 million, only started ahead of last summer's Ashes Test series and was supposed to run for two more seasons.

Magellan's co-founder and chief executive Hamish Douglass said the ball-tampering in South Africa was "so inconsistent with our values that we are left with no option but to terminate our ongoing partnership with Cricket Australia".

Colombia 0 Australia 0

Half-time substitute Borja was denied from the spot by birthday boy Danny Vukovic and hit the post twice – the second coming in the last minute of stoppage time – as Colombia failed to show the clinical edge that saw them come from two goals down to beat Les Blues 3-2 in their previous outing.

Jose Pekerman's team were by far the better side at Fulham's Craven Cottage and produced plenty of the fast attacking breaks and skilful forward play they hope will bring them success at the World Cup, but ultimately failed to convert a number of excellent chances.

Nearly 150 beached whales die in Australia

About 150 of the animals were found beached at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth.

Their discovery by a local fisherman on Friday prompted a major rescue effort to return them to deeper waters.

However, by nightfall, more than 140 of the whales had died, with deteriorating weather conditions and the threat of frenzied sharks impeding efforts.

More than 100 volunteers, wildlife personnel and others came to the aid of the beached short-finned pilot whales, a species known to strand en masse.

Australia wants more influence in the Pacific

The Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is using a trip to Papua New Guinea and Tonga to tell Pacific nations that they are Australia's biggest beneficiaries.

Speaking in the PNG province of New Ireland, Ms Bishop said Australia is funding programmes which promote good governance and would strengthen relationships.

"We believe that we are the natural partner of choice along with New Zealand for the islands of the Pacific where we work across a whole range of areas," she said.

     

Australian women seal 3-0 series whitewash over India with 97-run win to regain number one ODI ranking

The women's victory on Sunday also allowed the visitors to reclaim the number one spot on the ICC rankings.

Meg Lanning elected to bat after winning the toss and Australia set the pace with an innings of 7-332.

Healy managed to dig in after quickly losing fellow opener Nicole Bolton (11) and then Meg Lanning (18), reaching 133 off 115 balls before being caught off a Poonam Yadav delivery.

Rachael Hayes' 43 and a rapid 34 from Beth Mooney helped push Australia to a total over 300.

Australia considers visas for white South African farmers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he was exploring giving South Africa's white farmers access to fast-track visas on humanitarian grounds.

The suggestion was made amid calls to transfer land ownership from white to black farmers in South Africa, and fears over the number of farm killings.

But South Africa says it is ridiculous.

Government spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya told the BBC there was no reason for any country in the world to suspect a section of the South African population was in danger from its democratically elected leaders.

South Africa v Australia: David Warner fires in Port Elizabeth second Test but hosts dominate

Even throughout the first day, the game swung wildly. One moment, we were eyeing off the highest visiting scores at the ground, and Lindsay Hasset's 167 was looking slim. The next, a whole Australian team was struggling to pass it.

Australia began its work on a lively pitch, defended 13 overs for 18 sensible runs, ransacked the next 13 overs for 80, then lost 10 wickets for a further 145.

David Warner threatened to wreak destruction with the bat, before Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi made good on their promise with the ball.

Stateless man’s status to be determined

But according to PNG Laws, he is not a PNG citizen either.

Lawyers at the Public Solicitor’s appeared at the Waigani National Court on Friday seeking an urgent application to have the PNG Immigration Office provide him food and shelter while waiting for his documents to be processed and for the Court to determine his citizenship status.

Daniel Frank Charlie, 45, is walking around in Port Moresby freely without proper immigration documents.

India win fourth U19 World Cup

INDIA V AUSTRALIA SCORECARD

Manjot Kalra's unbeaten century anchored his side's win, reaching his century off 101 balls, and included eight fours and three sixes.

India bowled Australia out for 216 in 47.2 overs, as seamers Ishan Porel and Kamlesh Nagarkoti and spinners Anukul Roy and Shiva Singh all took two wickets apiece.