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AFL: Ablett again faces one-game suspension

Only weeks after overturning what would have been the first suspension of his storied career, Geelong’s Gary Ablett is again mulling whether to challenge a one-game ban.

Match review officer Michael Christian came down hard on the dual Brownlow medallist for hitting Gold Coast opponent Anthony Miles in the jaw

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A Russian dead end for scammed Nigerian footballers

James* travelled to Russia last year with ‘fan ID’ on the promise of a glittering football career, but soon found himself stranded in Sochi [Julian Colling/Al Jazeera]

Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees’ anonymity.

Sochi and Moscow, Russia – At around the time

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Benin reclaims colonial-era artifacts from France

Benin says it is working with the French government to arrange the return of precious artifacts stolen during the colonial era.

But one of the challenges is the capacity to look after the items once they arrive.

Many of the items are thought to have been taken from the Kingdom

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Nepal on high alert for general strike after explosions

Police officials said authorities were investigating Sunday’s blasts [Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]

Security forces in Nepal have been on high alert amid a general strike on Monday called by an outlawed communist group suspected in a series of explosions that killed four people and wounded seven more in the capital.

Two vehicles were

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Beware of Arab anger

Algerian demonstrators march during a protest in Algiers on March 29, 2019 [File: Toufik Doudou/AP]

As the announcement of the deal of the century approaches, the Arab world is growing increasingly tense. Widespread rumours about the contents of the proposal have fuelled public outrage across the region.

By

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Modi kept his job, Indians worry about theirs

ASAD Ahmed, one of about 1.2 million young Indians entering the cutthroat job market each month, diligently scribbles notes at a computer class in New Delhi.

While nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a new five-year term promising to step up his campaign for a “new India”, 18-year-old Ahmed is

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Trump becomes first foreign leader to meet Japan’s new emperor

DONALD Trump on Monday became the first foreign leader to meet Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito — an honour Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes will help charm the US president when it comes to thorny trade talks.

After Trump and Naruhito greeted each other in the Tokyo palace, they stood

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Getting the Australia–China relationship right

THERE’S no more important issue for Australia at this time in the history of its international economic and foreign affairs than to get the relationship with China right. It’s an issue that went through to the keeper during the election. But for the new Morrison government, forging a viable, credible

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Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality.

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, a couple who fell in love at college, were

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Ex-Docker top pick in AFL midyear draft

AFL strugglers Carlton have selected former Fremantle midfielder Josh Deluca with the top pick in the mid-season draft.

Deluca, who played four senior games for the Dockers before being delisted in 2017, has since been plying his trade for Subiaco in the WAFL.

Gold Coast on Monday night took Mitch

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Kvitova withdraws from French Open with arm injury

“I’ve had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a grade two tear which could unfortunately could get a lot worse if I play today.

The Czech player has been replaced in the draw by lucky loser Kaja Juvan of Slovenia.

(Reporting

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Teens in custody after ‘senseless’ killing in Sydney’s west

A pair of teenagers, accused of kicking and stomping a young man to death at a house party in Sydney’s west, will remain behind bars for at least two months.

Friends of 18-year-old Alex Ioane, who died at the Ingleburn gathering on Friday night, are calling for calm on the

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Vic ramps up debt to deliver poll promises

Victoria’s debt will more than double to $54.9 billion over the next five years as Daniel Andrews’ re-elected Labor government borrows big to fund major transport builds.

Net debt is now sitting at $22.8 billion, growing to $39 billion in 2019/20 before swelling to $54.9 billion – or 10 per

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Big spending Vic budget a tightrope act

The biggest surprise of Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas’s fifth budget was there were no big surprises.

As Mr Pallas and Premier Daniel Andrews said repeatedly in the lead up to Monday’s budget: there will be a surplus, election promises will be delivered and debt will increase while interest rates are

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Man killed under tonnes of rubbish at Sydney dump

A freak accident at a Sydney dump has left one man dead and another injured.

Media are reporting the men became trapped under tonnes of landfill during a workplace incident at Eastern Creek at about midday Monday.

Rescuers tried frantically to dig out the men by hand but it was

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Rush defamation appeal cites ‘wrong’ Rebel Wilson case

The landmark decision to allow uncapped damages in actor Rebel Wilson’s defamation case was “plainly wrong” and shouldn’t have been mirrored in the Geoffrey Rush ruling, the Daily Telegraph’s barrister says.

Rush was awarded $850,000 in general and aggravated damages plus $42,300 interest after Justice Michael Wigney found the Sydney

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