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UK diver swims to safety after Australia shark scare

A British diver says he swam 7.5km (4.5 miles) to safety off the coast of Australia after losing sight of his boat and being “followed” by a shark. John Craig, 34, had been spear-fishing underwater in Western Australia on Friday when he surfaced and could not see the boat, being crewed by a friend. Mr Craig said he noticed a shark as he called and splashed for help. He then began a long swim back to shore before reaching land and walking for another 30 minutes until he was seen….

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Women's Ashes: Australia beat England in opening ODI as Alex Blackwell stars

Women’s Ashes: First one-day international, Brisbane (Allan Border Field) England 228-9 (50 overs): Winfield 48, Sciver 36, Gardner 3-47 Australia 231-8 (49.1 overs): Blackwell 67*, Villani 38, Hartley 2-40 Australia won by two wickets; lead multi-format series 2-0 on points Scorecard (external site) Australia began their Women’s Ashes defence with a tight two-wicket victory over England in the first one-day international in Brisbane. Lauren Winfield (48) top-scored for England as they made 228-8, with off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner taking 3-47. Alex Blackwell (67 not out) anchored Australia’s response but the home…

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BBC to broadcast live Scotland against New Zealand, Australia and Samoa

Scotland’s autumn Test matches against New Zealand, Australia and Samoa are to be broadcast live on the BBC. It will be Gregor Townsend’s first home series as Scotland head coach and the Murrayfield matches against New Zealand and Australia are already sell-outs. The visit by Samoa on 11 November and the concluding game against Australia on 25 November will be broadcast throughout the UK on BBC One. Scotland’s 18 November meeting with the All Blacks will be on BBC Two. Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “We are very…

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Australia jet and navy data stolen in 'extensive' hack

Sensitive information about Australia’s defence programmes has been stolen in an “extensive” cyber hack. About 30GB of data was compromised in the hack on a government contractor, including details about new fighter planes and navy vessels. The data was commercially sensitive but not classified, the government said. It did not know if a state was involved. Australian cyber security officials dubbed the mystery hacker “Alf”, after a character on TV soap Home and Away. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was not alerted…

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Australia end Syria's World Cup dream in extra-time

Syria’s unlikely 2018 World Cup dream is over after Australia progressed to the final qualifying round courtesy of Tim Cahill’s extra-time header. Omar Al Somah gave the civil war-torn nation hope of reaching Russia when he gave them an early lead in Sydney. But Cahill, 37, quickly equalised with the first of his two headed goals. Syria took the tie to extra-time but were reduced to 10 men when Mahmoud Al Mawas was sent off before Cahill nodded in Robbie Kruse’s cross for the winner. Australia will now play either…

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Sexual harassment: what Australia should learn from Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein’s scalp is not enough. The much-lauded American film producer is still rich. He’s still powerful. The women he hurt are none of those things. It’s unlikely they ever will be. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Entertainment New Highlights Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:43 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Weinstein threatens lawsuit after NYT story Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein threatened to sue the New York Times after it reported that he had been the target of sexual harassment complaints. Sexual harassers still get away with…

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In pictures: Solar challenge race begins in Australia

The rules of the race are quite precise. “Based on the original notion that a 1000W car would complete the journey in 50 hours, solar cars are allowed a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy, which is 10% of that theoretical figure. All other energy must come from the sun or be recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle,” the organisers say. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Technology

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