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England will play France in an international Test in October as part of their build-up to the Rugby League World Cup delayed to next year.The World Cup was scheduled for October in England but was postponed to 2022 after Australia and New Zealand pulled out, citing player welfare concerns in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Belgium remain the best team in the world according to the rankings published by global football governing body FIFA while England moved up to third.The latest update includes the September triple header of World Cup qualifiers and saw Belgium stay top of the pile ahead of Brazil.
Australia, the UK and the US have informed the UN atomic watchdog of their new security partnership that will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, and both sides plan to "engage" over coming months, the watchdog says.The International Atomic Energy Agency is tasked with keeping track of all nuclear material in countries that, like Australia, have ratified the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) so as to make sure none of it is being siphoned off for use in a nuclear bomb - an ar
AFL grand finalists Melbourne have cut ties with poker machine revenue following the $23.7 million sale of the Bentleigh Club.
Australia's players will benefit from taking part in the IPL when it resumes in Dubai on Sunday as the experience will stand them in good stead for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, says all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.The 32-year-old, along with the likes of top-order batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, will return to action after they skipped Australia's recent tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
The NRL will hand out a combined $7 million in COVID-19 relief packages to clubs to make up for lost revenue through a lack of crowds and home games.Clubs in NSW, the ACT and Victoria have been doing it tough due to lockdowns and closed leagues venues that has affected their bottom lines.
Hezbollah has begun bringing Iranian fuel into Lebanon via Syria, a move the Shi'ite Muslim group says should ease a crippling energy crisis but which opponents say risks provoking US sanctions.A convoy of trucks carrying Iranian fuel oil entered northeastern Lebanon near the village of al-Ain, where Hezbollah's yellow flag fluttered from lampposts.
Three astronauts who lived for 90 days on China's space station have left it in preparation for returning to Earth.The national space agency said Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo boarded the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and undocked from the space station at 8.
No police statement can be found for the alibis of two main suspects in the unsolved murder of Melbourne woman Maria James, an inquest has been told.Ms James was stabbed 68 times, including 38 times in her back and 11 in her neck, at her Thornbury home in June 1980.
A UN envoy has met Afghanistan's new interior minister who was for years one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants and is now part of a government trying to head off a humanitarian crisis.The meeting between Deborah Lyons, head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, and Sirajuddin Haqqani focused on humanitarian assistance, Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement on Twitter on Thursday.
Tom McDonald has capped off his AFL resurgence at Melbourne, signing a two-year contract extension less than a year after he failed to secure a trade away.McDonald and the Demons mutually agreed to part ways last year if a trade could be completed with 12 months left on his contract, but it didn't come to fruition.
A rocket set to lift-off from a facility on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula has caught fire on the pad, the third time in a week it has failed to launch.After two previous unsuccessful attempts, Taiwanese company TiSPACE tried on Thursday to launch its Hapith I rocket from the Whalers Way site.
China has blasted Australia's submarine pact with the US and the UK saying those countries need to shake off their ideological prejudice. Read more.
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:* The NSW government has prepared a "draft" reopening roadmap for when the state reaches 80 per cent double-dose vaccination in its eligible population, Deputy Premier John Barilaro says.* Lismore and Albury are going back into lockdown just days after restrictions lifted, with COVID-19 cases detected in the regional NSW towns.
Tasmania's heavily scrutinised salmon industry will undergo a "reset" under a state government plan to increase land-based fish farming and operations in deeper waters.The island's $1 billion aquaculture industry has faced increased pressure since the release of Richard Flanagan's book Toxic, which paints a bleak picture of its environmental impact.
A fake death plot, a secret opioid addiction and embezzlement have plagued the investigation into the deaths of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22. Read more.
Australian scientists have solved another mystery of the universe.Astrophysicists from the Australian National University have discovered where "empty sky" gamma rays come from.
Ellyse Perry is set to lead Australia's inexperienced attack in Mackay, where young gun Tayla Vlaeminck will miss the start of a multi-format series against India.Vlaeminck will be out of action throughout the ODI and Test legs of India's tour, while spearhead Megan Schutt and star spinner Jess Jonassen are missing the entire series that begins on Tuesday.
Full-time employment in South Australia has hit record levels with a surge in new jobs last month, the state government says.The Australian Bureau of Statistics said unemployment in SA rose to 5.
The Supercars event at Winton in Victoria has been cancelled as the championship's COVID-enforced hiatus extends into a third month.Officials confirmed on Thursday the event, scheduled for October 2-3, had been wiped with NSW and Victoria still battling COVID outbreaks.