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New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

New Zealand announced plans Friday to introduce a tourist tax and increase other fees for international visitors to fund infrastructure development in the face of a tourist boom.

Amazon blocks Australia from global sites

New rules require internet retailers like the American behemoth to collect a 10 percent goods and services tax on everything bought from overseas sites from July 1, including under the current tax-free threshold of Aus$1,000 (US$760).

Grandma sentenced to death for drug trafficking

An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said.

Paul Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage ahead of World Cup

French midfielder Paul Pogba has posted a video of himself at the holiest site of Islam in Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to join his French squad for the World Cup next month.

World Cup: Approach finals with right mindset – Paul Pogba tells team-mates

French midfielder Paul Pogba says he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals in June with the right mindset as that counts more than technical ability.

Shanghai Shenhua crash out of AFC Champions League

Big-spending Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League with a game to spare on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 with Kashima Antlers of Japan at home.

Spy poisoning: Expelled Russians arrive home as Moscow warns against travel to UK

Russian diplomats expelled from the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday, with post-Cold War tensions soaring in the wake of a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

Australia’s cricket coach Darren Lehmann to resign

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he would step down after this week’s test match against South Africa, in spite of his previously saying he would not stand aside.

Australia cricket captain quits over ball tampering scandal

Australia's cricket captain has stepped down for the rest of the third Test against South Africa after his team cheated.

Cambodian premier calls protesters ‘dogs’ for burning his effigy in Australia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, denounced protesters in Australia, calling them “dogs” for burning his effigy, days after threatening to beat them up.

Australian deputy premier steps down over extra-marital scandal

Embattled Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Friday he would step down on Monday following a scandal which began when a newspaper revealed he had impregnated an ex-staffer during an extra-marital affair.

Aussie deputy premier hits back at boss over affair criticism

Australian deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has hit out at his boss, calling prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s criticism of Joyce’s extra-marital relationship “inept” and “unnecessary.”

Australia prisoners with disabilities abused – HRW

People with disabilities are at a "serious risk" of being sexual and physical abuse in Australian prisons, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Roger Federer says he’s not retiring yet

Age-defying Roger Federer said after winning his third Grand Slam title in a year and a record 20th title, that retirement from tennis is not yet on his mind.

First gay marriages take place in Australia

Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month.

Australia to creep north by 1.8 metres, no-one will notice

Australia is heading north riding the continental plate, which means the country’s mapping co-ordinates are being realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east, it was announced on Friday.

France line-up Colombia, Russia friendlies ahead of World Cup

France will play five friendly matches next year in the build-up to the World Cup in Russia, including a trip to the tournament hosts in March, the French Football Federation announced on Thursday.

Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner in parliament

A gay Australian lawmaker popped the question to his partner in parliament on Monday, with the first ever proposal in the chamber coming shortly after a bill paving the way for same-sex marriage was introduced.

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Senator Ekweremadu hails Super Eagles on victory over Iceland

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Iceland coach: We’re still in the World Cup last 16 race

Iceland coach Heidar Hallgrimsson declared his side were still in the race for a place in the World Cup last 16 after Friday’s 2-0 loss to Nigeria.
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Shaqiri’s late winner gives Switzerland control of Group E destiny

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a late winner to help Switzerland stun Serbia 2-1 in their second Group E game on Friday.