French Open champion into Adelaide semis

French Open champion Iga Swiatek is through to the semi-finals of the Adelaide International after Ash Barty’s conqueror was forced to pull out with injury. World No.18 Swiatek was leading 6-2 3-0 when American Danielle Collins retired during Thursday’s quarterfinal. Collins, who beat world No.1 Barty in straight sets a …

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Berlin raids after extremist group banned

Hundreds of German police carried out raids in 26 locations across Berlin and neighbouring Brandenburg state on Thursday following the banning and dissolution of a radical Islamist group. Berlin’s Senate interior department said it had outlawed Jama’atu Berlin, “a young and very radical jihad Salafist” association, also known as Tauhid …

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Teenage novice Martin set for England bow

Teenage forward George Martin, who’s played only seven senior games for Leicester, is in line for a shock England debut after being named on the bench for the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. Martin, 19, can play lock or in the back row and has been thrown into …

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Liberals ‘giving up’ in WA election race

Western Australia’s premier has questioned why anyone would vote for the Liberals when the opposition leader is already conceding defeat. Zak Kirkup’s extraordinary admission that the Liberals cannot win the March 13 election dominated Thursday night’s leaders debate. In what was a relatively tame affair, Premier Mark McGowan used the …

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Virus-hit France Six Nations game is off

The Six Nations match between leaders France and Scotland on Sunday will be postponed, organisers said after an 11th French player tested positive for the coronavirus. The Six Nations testing oversight group unanimously recommended that the match in Paris be postponed and “this will be ratified later today by the …

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Australia a digital dinosaur within OECD

Digital technology is the fastest growing sector of the global economy but it appears to have by-passed many industries in Australia. A new digital performance index has Australia looking a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to new technologies, coming 36th among the 37 members of the Organisation for …

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Emissions rise as virus restrictions ease

Australia’s emissions rose slightly last quarter, driven by a rebound in transport as coronavirus restrictions eased across the country. The government’s latest emissions data covering the September quarter reveal a 1.7 per cent increase compared to the previous period. Transport emissions rose by more than 10 per cent and agriculture …

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George North to eclipse Hooper’s 100 mark

George North will win his 100th Wales cap in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against England at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. At 28 years and 320 days, the Welsh star will eclipse Australia captain Michael Hooper by four weeks as the youngest player to reach a century of caps for his country. …

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England out for 81 as India cruise to win

India have marched to victory inside two days, winning the day-night third Test by 10 wickets after bundling out England for a meagre 81 in their second innings in Ahmedabad. Chasing a paltry 49 to go 2-1 up in the four-Test series on Thursday, the hosts knocked off the runs …

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India unveils tougher social media rules

India has announced new rules to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in the latest effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to tighten control over big tech firms. The rules come after Twitter ignored orders to drop content on farmers’ protests, fuelling the government’s zeal, dating …

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