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Ashes: England give up the Urn after just three Tests in Australia after another collapse

The defeat was confirmed in predictable fashion, when Chris Woakes edged a vicious, short ball from Pat Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine at just after 3.40pm, with England 281 all out. It gave the home side a thumping margin of victory and an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two Tests to come in Melbourne and Sydney. Defeat also completed a miserable first Ashes for captain Joe Root who has been outmanoeuvred and outplayed by his counterpart Steve Smith. And it is a series defeat which raised some question marks over…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Guatemala’s trans indigenous beauty pageant is about more than just a pretty face

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Aquetzali B’e Noj, a 26-year-old drag queen from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, wears a long skirt and a woven huipil, a blouse typical in Guatemala’s indigenous communities. For her, drag is a way to express her identity. Being indigenous, or native Guatemalan, is a major part of that. “I choose to wear my typical indigenous clothing when in drag to show that it’s not bad to do so. I’m not doing it to make fun…

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North Korea spy claims as man charged with selling weapons of mass destruction

Police have confirmed the arrest of a man of North Korean descent who has now ben charged with two counts of attempting to sell missiles and with another four under legislation enforcing United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea. Police swooped on Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney on Saturday in a dramatic arrest to prevent a sale allegedly worth “tens of millions of dollars”. The suspect was arrested for attempting to sell WMD related equipment and warheads, including software for the guidance systems of ballistic missiles. The charges are…

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North Korea WARNING video: Australian man arrested for brokering Kim Jong-un missile deals

Australian police arrested a man accused of brokering missile deals for North Korea. North Korea has sparked fears it could start World War 3 after a series of attempts to test ICBMs, which the rogue state claims can carry a nuclear warhead to the United States. Chan Han Choi, 59, has been charged with brokering sales and discussing the supply of weapons on mass destruction. Choi was acting as an economic agent for Kim Jong-un’s Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, according to the Australian Federal Police’s allegations. Assistant Commissioner…

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Technology 

Razer Cynosa Chroma Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

This stylish keyboard can be enjoyed by anyone, gamer or not. Ian Knighton/CNET Razer‘s tagline may be “For gamers. By gamers,”  but it has a growing list of products you don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate. First was the Razer Blade Stealth ($1,449.99 at Amazon.com), an ultrathin laptop to compete with the MacBooks ($1,239.00 at Amazon.com) of the world. Now there’s the Razer Cynosa Chroma. The Cynosa is technically a gaming keyboard, but its three best features have little to do with gaming: Spill resistance, how it looks and what…

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500 people aboard 2 Royal Caribbean cruises fell sick

Two recent Royal Caribbean cruises saw more than 500 on board become sick after outbreaks of stomach-related illnesses, leading five people to be hospitalized in one of the cases. After departing Dec. 11 from Port Everglades in Florida, 332 of the 5,547 guests aboard the Independence of the Seas became sick with gastrointestinal illness, a spokesperson told NBC News. The outbreak came less than a month after 209 of the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship reported symptoms, said Cynthia Martinez, a Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman….

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200 people aboard Royal Caribbean cruise fell sick

More than 200 people became sick, and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month. Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship returned to Sydney on Dec. 7 at the end of a 14-night cruise that departed Singapore on Nov. 23. “Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication,” Martinez told The…

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Ashes: Australia take giant step towards urn as Smith and Marsh hammer England in Perth

England captain Joe Rot endured his most difficult day in the job with the Australia pair flaying the tourists bowlers throughout a miserable day. Despite starting the day 203-3, still trailing England’s first innings score by 200, the hosts ended it with a 146 runs lead with Smith unbeaten on 229 – his highest Test score – and Marsh 181 not out. England need to win here in Perth to win the Ashes and while a draw would keep alive hopes they can retain them with victories in Melbourne and…

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Mystery Solved: Satellite images reveal lost empire in Afghanistan

The new discovery by archaeologists comes from decades of spy satellites and drones. Among the findings include huge caravanserai or outposts used by Silk Road travellers that were buried by the desert sands. The archaeological sites are too dangerous to explore in person so the new approach, which is funded by a $2 million grant from the US State Department, enables researchers to study Afghanistan’s archaeological heritage safely, experts said in November at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Washington, DC. David Thomas, an archaeologist at…

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