Sport 

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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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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Science 

Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship More Hundreds of passengers fell sick aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise this week due to a gastrointestinal illness — a common issue that plagues cruise lines due to close living quarters, among other factors. The five-night cruise docked in Florida on Saturday as 332 passengers contracted a stomach-related illness, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told CNN. Owen Torres, the spokesperson, noted that was a small percentage of the 5,547 passengers on board, and that cruise ship doctors…

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Technology 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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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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Sport 

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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Catholic Church BLASTS calls to end mandatory celibacy and the secrecy of confession

The Australian Royal Commission into Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has delivered 189 recommendations to the country’s institution after estimating that tens of thousands of children have been abused. The report said: “We now know that countless thousands of children have been sexually abused in many institutions in Australia. In many institutions, multiple abusers have sexually abused children. “We must accept that institutional child sexual abuse has been occurring for generations.” “The failure to understand that the sexual abuse of a child was a crime with profound impacts for the…

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Roger Federer and Mirka Federer both share THIS in common – can you guess it?

Their surname, for one, while they are both from Switzerland and they have twins with one another. But there is now a new thing that the pair can toast – and you are unlikely to be able to guess it. For it has emerged this week that both Mirka and Roger feature in the top five names searched on Google in Switzerland! Top of the pile is the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has been the most searched Swiss personality in his country in 2017. That follows a dream year…

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