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Scott targets Australian Open

Scott targets Australian Open
Adam Scott confirmed Wednesday that he will contest the Australian Open in November, and try to expunge the memory of letting slip victory to Rory McIlroy last year in Sydney.

Teen Ko seeks three-peat at Canadian Women's Open

Teen Ko seeks three-peat at Canadian Women's Open
New Zealand's Lydia Ko, a 17-year-old seeking her third consecutive LPGA Canadian Women's Open title, tees off Thursday trying to join Meg Mallon and Pat Bradley as three-time winners.

Five Tibetans die after China police shooting

Five Tibetans die after China police shooting
Five Tibetans have died in China after police opened fire on unarmed protesters, a rights group said on Wednesday, the latest report of unrest linked to ethnic minority rights.

China arrests three over deadly factory blast: Xinhua

China arrests three over deadly factory blast: Xinhua
China on Wednesday arrested three managers of a Taiwanese-invested car parts factory where a massive explosion this month killed 75 people, state media said.

N.Korea official praises Kim's projects in rare S. Korea visit

N.Korea official praises Kim's projects in rare S. Korea visit
A senior North Korean sporting official heaped praise Wednesday on leisure projects promoted by leader Kim Jong-Un as a delegation from the North paid a rare visit to South Korea.

'Sex harassment' scandal rocks skating in Japan

'Sex harassment' scandal rocks skating in Japan
A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport.

Taiwan's ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Taiwan's ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets
One of Taiwan's top negotiators on China policy is being investigated on suspicion of leaking secrets after resigning, his superior said Wednesday, in the latest political scandal to rock the island.

Crotty in as All Blacks change three to face Wallabies

Crotty in as All Blacks change three to face Wallabies
The All Blacks have made three changes for the return Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday including a Test start for centre Ryan Crotty. 

Pakistan begins talks to end protest crisis

Pakistan begins talks to end protest crisis
Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the two sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation.

Pakistan govt, protesters begin talks to end political crisis

Pakistan govt, protesters begin talks to end political crisis
Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday in a bid to end a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive nuclear-armed nation.

Jackie Chan apologises after son's cannabis bust

Jackie Chan apologises after son's cannabis bust
Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan said Wednesday he felt "ashamed" of his son's detention on drug-related charges, adding he had "failed to educate" his child.

Two charged in Malaysia with stealing from MH370 victims

Two charged in Malaysia with stealing from MH370 victims
A Malaysian bank officer and her husband were charged Wednesday with forgery, theft and other offences after allegedly stealing more than $30,000 from the accounts of four people who were aboard missing flight MH370.

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM
Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

French cognac sales down as China exports fall

French cognac sales down as China exports fall
Worldwide sales of cognac fell in 2013-14 largely due to a drop in exports to China, France's main trade body for the brandy said.

Vietnam, Myanmar test three patients for Ebola

Vietnam, Myanmar test three patients for Ebola
Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa while suffering from fever, health officials said.

Vietnam, Myanmar test patients for Ebola

Vietnam, Myanmar test patients for Ebola
Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa suffering fever, health officials said.

Japanese 111-year-old becomes world's oldest man

Japanese 111-year-old becomes world's oldest man
A Japanese man born months before the Wright brothers carried out the first human flight was recognised Wednesday as the world's oldest male at the age of 111.

China fines Japanese auto parts firms $200 mn for monopoly

China fines Japanese auto parts firms $200 mn for monopoly
China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country's anti-monopoly drive.

Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation

Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation
Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an ageing spinner in the ranks. 

Tide turns for shark fin in China

Tide turns for shark fin in China
A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.

China paper denounces 'rampant rascality' of Australia tycoon

China paper denounces 'rampant rascality' of Australia tycoon
A Chinese state-run newspaper on Wednesday called on Beijing to "teach Canberra a lesson" after Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer labelled the Communist government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade.

'Reasonable chance' of finding MH370 in new search: Australia PM

'Reasonable chance' of finding MH370 in new search: Australia PM
A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, adding that searchers would not give up easily.

UN decries 'harsh' Thai sentences for royal slurs

UN decries 'harsh' Thai sentences for royal slurs
The United Nations' human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta.

Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success

Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Award-winning British rockers Arctic Monkeys, whose cheeky garage punk origins have evolved seamlessly into stadium-filling success across America, are ready for a break.

At least 39 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

At least 39 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes
Huge landslides in western Japan have killed at least 39 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.

At least 36 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

At least 36 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

At least 32 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 32 people and left another nine missing Wednesday, authorities said, after waves of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.

At least 27 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

At least 27 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes
Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing Wednesday, the government said, after a wall of mud engulfed homes in a suffocating sludge.

At least 27 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

At least 27 dead as Japan landslide buries homes
A huge landslide that engulfed homes in western Japan killed at least 27 people and left another 10 missing, the government said Wednesday.

At least 18 dead as Japan landslide buries homes

At least 18 dead as Japan landslide buries homes
At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, the government said Wednesday.

At least 18 dead in Japan landslide

At least 18 dead in Japan landslide
At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, reports said Wednesday.

Death toll in Japan landslide rises to 18

Death toll in Japan landslide rises to 18
At least 18 people are known to have died in a huge landslide that crushed homes in western Japan, media reports said Wednesday, with 13 others still missing.

Aussie captain Clarke insists Zimbabwe not 'token tour'

Aussie captain Clarke insists Zimbabwe not 'token tour'
Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action.

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