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Australia’s Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics Games

TOKYO: The Australian city of Brisbane will host the 2032 summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday. Brisbane, where hundreds of people gathered at the river-side South Bank to watch the IOC session on the big screen erupted

Chris Gayle becomes first player to reach 14,000 T20 runs

ST LUCIA: Chris Gayle became the first player to score 14,000 T20 runs as West Indies won the series against Australia. Australia suffered a fourth straight Twenty20 international cricket series loss after Chris Gayle returned to form for the West

Australia detects highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne outbreak

MELBOURNE: Australia’s Victoria state authorities have detected the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 virus variant for the first time in the latest outbreak in Melbourne, raising concerns of a major spike in cases. The Delta variant, which has been classified by

Australia’s Zampa, Richardson exit India after pulling out of IPL

MELBOURNE: Australian cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have flown out of India after withdrawing from the Indian Premier League amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 crisis. Zampa and Richardson, team mates for Royal Challengers Bangalore, were expected to arrived

Salman Khan starring ‘Radhe’ to be released this Eid

Bollywood star Salman Khan’s movie ‘Radhe’, which was rumoured to be delayed till 2022, is all set to release next month on 13th May in theatres worldwide. Directed by Prabhudeva, Salman Khan’s Radhe trailer was launched today that gives a

US, India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

WASHINGTON: The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit to counter China’s growing influence. President Joe Biden and

Islamabad to get 23 Miyawaki urban forests: Zartaj

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said the Ministry of Climate Change would establish 23 Miyawaki urban forests across the federal capital which would help enhance the green cover of the metropolis. She extended her gratitude to

Facebook restores news for Australian users after media deal

MELBOURNE: Facebook restored access to news for its Australian users after reaching an agreement with the government on a landmark law requiring it and other tech firms to pay for journalistic content. The Facebook pages of Australian news outlets were

Facebook pledges $1bn in news investments over 3 years

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook pledged to invest at least $1 billion to support journalism over the next three years as the social media giant defended its handling of a dispute with Australia over payments to media organizations. Nick Clegg, head of

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

SYDNEY: Australia slammed Facebook’s decision to impose a news blackout over a law that would force it to pay for content, warning the ban showed the immense power of internet giants. Facebook and other tech firms have pushed back hard

Melbourne starts five-day virus lockdown, no spectators at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was confirmed in the

Microsoft’s Bing ready to step in if Google exits Australia

SYDNEY: Software giant Microsoft is confident its search product Bing can fill the gap in Australia if Google pulls its search over required payments to media outlets, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Australia has introduced laws that would force internet

World’s most powerful passports for 2021 revealed

The latest ranking of the world’s powerful passports in 2021 amid the new wave of coronavirus pandemic has been announced. The Henley Passport Index released the latest ranking of the world’s powerful passports in 2021 when many countries are planning

Sydney to host third test against India despite COVID-19 fears

MELBOURNE: Sydney will remain the venue for Australia’s third test against India next month despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the city’s northern beach suburbs, Cricket Australia (CA) said. Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) reported three new

Australian bowler Aaron Summers to play in Pakistan’s domestic cricket

LAHORE: Fast bowler Aaron Summers is set to make history by becoming the first Australian to take part in domestic cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the 24-year-old will become the first foreign player to

Australia dismiss India for lowest ever Test score

ADELAIDE: India posted their lowest-ever total in Test cricket when they managed only 36/9 in the second innings of the day-night Test in Adelaide. Isdian started day three of the Test match on nine for one and with a 62-run

Australia beat India by 12 runs to avoid T20 whitewash

SYDNEY: India captain Virat Kohli’s breezy 85 went in vain as Australia prevailed by 12 runs in the final Twenty20 International to avoid a series whitewash at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Chasing 187 to sweep the three-match series, Kohli kept

Pakistani scientist honoured in Australia for innovative STEM research

MELBOURNE: Australia-based Pakistani computer scientist Shazia Sadiq has been recognized for innovative STEM research by the prestigious Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). She has named among 25 new Fellows elected this year to the ATSE who have been honoured

Thailand releases three Iranians in swap for Australian scholar

BANGKOK: Thailand confirmed it had returned three Iranians jailed over a 2012 bomb plot in Bangkok, in an apparent swap after Tehran freed an Australian lecturer imprisoned for alleged spying. Thailand’s corrections department said two of the men – Masoud

Younis Khan confirmed as batting coach till T20 World Cup 2022

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the appointment of former captain Younis Khan as batting coach until the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Younis had earlier accompanied Pakistan to England and will now continue his responsibilities for the

Australia appoints Afghanistan war crimes prosecutor

SYDNEY: Australia announced the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan after media uncovered evidence of civilians and prisoners being killed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed the prosecutor to deal with

Shane Watson retires from all forms of cricket

SYDNEY: Australian player Shane Watson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Watson, a right-hand bat and right-arm fast-medium bowler, will hang up his boots after an illustrious career during which his side won two World Cups and

‘Ertugrul’ star Selcan Hatun to model for Pakistani fashion designer

ISTANBUL: Famous Pakistani designer Maria B has recently announced to cast Turkish actress Didem Balcin as her model in her brand’s upcoming winter collection.  Famous for her role as Selcan Hatun in the ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, Didem Balcin has signed for

Australia enters recession after three decades of growth

MELBOURBE: Australia has entered its first recession since 1991 after the economy shrank seven percent in the second quarter, official figures showed as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said it was the fastest

Australia announces 21-man squad team for England tour

SYDNEY: A 21-member squad has been announced for the Australian cricket team’s tour of England. During the tour of England, the captaincy of the Australian team has been assigned to Aaron Finch and vice-captain Pete Cummins. A series of 3-ODIs

Australia, West Indies postpone T20 series in October

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it has put on hold the three-game T20I series against the West Indies which was scheduled to be held in October. The series was supposed to be a warm-up ahead of the T20 World

Melbourne placed under new coronavirus lockdown

MELBOURNE: More than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after coronavirus cases surged in Australia’s second-biggest city. State Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown would begin at midnight on Wednesday and last at least

Australia, New Zealand to host 2023 women’s World Cup

LAUSANNE: Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 women’s World Cup after both countries’ joint bid was chosen by football governing body FIFA. The overwhelming favourites won ahead of their only rival Colombia after Japan withdrew its bid earlier

David Warner targets 2023 World Cup as ‘ultimate goal’

MELBOURNE: Australian opener David Warner insists that he has never been in better shape despite the lockdown restricting his activity on the cricket field. Warner said that he feels well-placed to tackle the bottleneck of fixtures when live cricket resumes

India ready for quarantine to save Australia Test series

SYDNEY: India’s cricket team is prepared to undergo quarantine to salvage a Test series against Australia but there was less optimism about this year’s Twenty20 World Cup taking place. Virat Kohli-led team is scheduled to contest a four-Test series in