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Cardinal George Pell is taken from the court in Melbourne, Australia, back to jail after his appeal against child sexual abuse convictions was dismissed. James Ross-AAP

Australian court upholds Catholic cardinal’s sex abuse verdict

An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children.
Serena Williams withstood the determined challenge of Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova Saturday, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the WTA Toronto final.

Serena Williams to return to Auckland for Aussie Open warm-up

Serena Williams announced Tuesday she will warm-up for January’s Australian Open at the Auckland Classic, a tournament that has mixed memories for the American superstar.
Kristina Mladenovic of France in action during her 6-3, 6-3 second-round win over Japan's world No 1 Naomi Osaka at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday night. Getty Images

Naomi Osaka’s US Open defence uncertain after knee injury

Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence was in doubt on Friday after a left knee injury forced her to retire from her Cincinnati WTA quarter-final.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke of conspiracy to commit fraud running into the sum of 12 million US dollars.

FBI arrests Forbes’ celebrated Nigerian ‘young billionaire’ for fraud

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke of conspiracy to commit fraud running into the sum of 12 million US dollars.

Asian stocks fall as global recession fears deepen

Asian stocks stumbled and oil prices extended a punishing sell-off on Thursday as investors feared an historic drop in long-term U.S. bond yields could portend a recession globally.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that work on a new site for the embassy is under way [Mick Tsikas-Pool-Getty Images]

Climate change: Australia announces 338 million dollars funding

Australia has announced 500 million Australian dollars (338 million U.S. dollars) in funding for the Pacific region to tackle climate change, including disaster resilience and renewable energy investment.
Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka reclaims women’s tennis world number one spot

Naomi Osaka will return to the top of the women’s tennis world rankings despite losing to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.
Anthony Joshua (left) aims to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr last June in the rematch in Saudi Arabia in December. Andrew Couldridge-Action Images via Reuters

Saudi Arabia venue for Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

Saudi Arabia will host the world heavyweight title rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz on December 7, according to Joshua’s promoters Matchroom.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 22: Serena Williams of the United States in action during her match against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden during Day 5 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP / Michael Reaves / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / A

Serena Williams plays solid in first outing since Wimbledon

Serena Williams looked solid in her first match since Wimbledon as she defeated Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Wednesday to reach the third round at the WTA Toronto tournament.
One of such tribes is the Chimbu (or Simbu) of Papau New Guinea whose Province is located in its central Highlands. The term “Chimbu” was given to the people by the first Australian explorers in 1934 who heard the word “simbu”  (an expression of a pleasant surprise in Kuman language) exclaimed by the locals when they first met.

Dancing with the Dead: Meet the Chimbu skeleton dancers

There are quite a number of indigenous tribes around the world with their peculiar cultures and practices which may seem queer to an outsider.
Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas enters ATP top five for the first time

Washington Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has for the first time climbing into the top five of the latest ATP rankings released Monday.
Mark Esper

US defense secretary wants INF-range missiles in Asia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he wants to see American ground-based intermediate-range conventional missiles deployed to Asia.
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Powerful 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Australian outback town

An Australian outback town has been hit by a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that has damaged several buildings.
Andy and Jamie Murray in action during a doubles match in 2017. Clive Brunskill-Getty Images

Washington Open: Andy Murray reunites with brother for doubles win

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a single come back six months after hip surgery, joining brother Jamie for a doubles victory Wednesday at the ATP Washington Open.
Ms Betty Dowsett, 92, enjoying the chance to leave palliative care to spend a few hours in the sunshine in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens on July 25, 2019.PHOTO- AFP

Australian ambulance to grant patients’ dying wishes

Inspired by an Australian ambulance crew who took a dying woman to the beach on her way to the hospital, officials have announced a dedicated vehicle to grant final wishes to terminally ill patients.
Andy and Jamie Murray in action during a doubles match in 2017. Clive Brunskill-Getty Images

Andy Murray to team up with brother Jamie at Washington Open

Andy Murray will team up with his brother Jamie at the Washington Open, reuniting the pairing that helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015.
A woman allegedly decapitated her mother in Sydney after an argument turned violent

Woman ‘beheads’ own mother in Australia

An Australian woman charged with murder has been sent for a medical assessment amid reports she decapitated her mother and left the head outside a neighbour’s house.
The coffins of Anthony Harvey’s three children – Beatrix, Alice and Charlotte – who he murdered in their Bedford home, along with their mother and grandmother. He has been sentenced to life in jail, never to be released. Richard Wainwright-AAP

Man gets life sentence for killing three daughters, wife, grandmother

An Australian Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Anthony Harvey, who admitted to killing his three young daughters, twin, two-year-old and three-year-old with their mother and grandmother to life imprisonment.

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,400 corps members to Gombe State for the 2019 Batch B Stream II orientation course.

Three prospective corps members caught with fake certificates

The National Youth Service Corps on Friday handed over three prospective corps members found with fake certificates to Police and other security operatives in the camp for further investigation.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the end of a four week-training for 1500 youths who participated in the N-Creative programme held in Benin.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria, US partnership will continue to produce desirable results

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said that the partnership between Nigeria and the US was one that would continue to produce mutually desirable results for both countries.
Police in Hong Kong have used tear gas for the first time in about 10 days to try to break up fresh anti-government protests.

Police fire tear gas in new Hong Kong protests

Police in Hong Kong have used tear gas for the first time in about 10 days to try to break up fresh anti-government protests.
The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has taken the step to halt the Professional Football League of Cameroon (LFPC) effective immediately due to the "serious and repeated violation of its obligations, as stipulated in Article 14 paragraph 1a of the Statutes Fecafoot, and Article 2 of its own Statutes ".

Cameroon federation suspends professional football league

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has taken the step to halt the Professional Football League of Cameroon (LFPC) effective immediately due to the "serious and repeated violation of its obligations, as stipulated in Article 14 paragraph 1a of the Statutes Fecafoot, and Article 2 of its own Statutes ".

Conservationists: Nigeria down to 300 elephants

Nigerian conservationists have estimated that only about 300 elephants are living in the wild across Nigeria.