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Former Australian Test cricketer to run for election SYDNEY: Former Australian Test cricketer Nathan Bracken Monday said he will stand in next month's national elections, where he will be joined by a one-time A-League football coach.The lanky pace bowler will run as an independent in the New South Wales seat of Dobell north of Sydney which is currently held by Craig Thomson, a disgraced former Labor party member accused of misusing trade union credit cards to pay for prostitutes."I will be running as an independent for the seat of Dobell for the election and Lawrie McKinna will run in Robertson as an independent," Bracken, who played five Tests and 116 one-day internationals, tweeted Monday.Bracken and McKinna are being bankrolled by advertising guru John Singleton who said he was doing it "because I feel I should, I can afford it, it can do no harm, and it can only do good".McKinna, the local mayor of Gosford in New South ...

6.0 magnitude quake off New Zealand: USGS WELLINGTON: A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit off New Zealand on Monday, but seismologists said it was unlikely to result in damage in the remote area.The US Geological Survey said the tremor in the Kermadec Islands region north of New Zealand, which struck at about 0416 GMT, was estimated to be at a depth of 325 kilometres (200 miles) and about 112 kilometres from the nearest populated area at L'Esperance Rock.Geoscience Australia said the quake, which ...
Military drill looms large over inter-Korea talks SEOUL: North and South Korea will hold a seventh round of talks Wednesday on reopening their joint industrial park in Kaesong, with a lot more than the future of the complex riding on the outcome.With South Korea kicking off a military exercise with the United States next week, the result of the negotiations could determine whether the peninsula is sucked into another dangerous cycle of escalating tensions.Similar joint exercises earlier this year were cited by ...
23 missing as Typhoon Utor hits Philippines MANILA: Twenty-three people were missing Monday as Typhoon Utor struck the Philippines, with the strongest storm of the year dumping heavy rains in remote mountain villages and the densely populated capital.All of those missing were fishermen who went to sea on the east coast of the main island of Luzon, where Utor approached over the weekend, the national disaster agency chief said.The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons or storms a year, ...
Malaysia anti-graft activist harassed by govt: Amnesty KUALA LUMPUR: Rights group Amnesty International Wednesday accused Malaysian authorities of persecuting activists pressing a huge corruption and murder case allegedly linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak.Opposition leaning human rights organisation Suaram has alleged that a kickback worth $160 million was paid to a company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, an associate of Najib, for a $1.1-billion submarine purchase in 2002.Abdul Razak has been acquitted of charges of abetting the 2006 murder of his mistress, ...
Fukushima plant leaks contaminated water into sea TOKYO: A Japanese government official said an estimated 300 tonnes of contaminated water is leaking into the ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to step up government efforts to stem radioactive water leakage.Abe ordered the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to urgently deal with the water situation and ensure the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, takes appropriate action to deal with the ...
North Korea offers South guarantees to reopen industrial zone: KCNA SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday offered South Korea a series of guarantees aimed at breaking the deadlock in talks about reopening a joint industrial zone.As well as allowing South Korean firms full access to the Kaesong complex, which closed in April due to soaring military tensions, the North will guarantee the attendance of its own workers and the safety of all South Koreans, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement.Copyright ...

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