Big magnitude 7.6 earthquake off New Caledonia

A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake and multiple aftershocks have struck off the coast of New Caledonia in the Loyalty Islands. The first quake, which struck about 3.30pm AEDT, appears to have been shallow — at just 10km beneath the Earth’s surface. At least five aftershocks also hit, ranging in magnitude …

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Half of rented homes need repairs: report

Half of Australian renters are living in properties that need repairs, with many too afraid to complain about mould, leaky taps and broken toilets out of fear they could be evicted, a report shows. The report, to be released on Wednesday by consumer group CHOICE, found 51 per cent of …

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Azhar Ali anchors Pakistan’s reply to NZ

Azhar Ali’s third half-century of the series put Pakistan in the driving seat at 3-139 in reply to New Zealand’s 274 at stumps on day two of the deciding third Test. Fast bowler Trent Boult dismissed the openers to reduce Pakistan to 2-17 but Azhar led Pakistan’s recovery with an …

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