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Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search

Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-sub plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed. Australia is leading the multinational search for the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8 carrying 239 people, and is bearing many of the costs of the mission expected to be the most expensive in aviation history. "There will be some issues of costs into the future but this is not about costs," Defence Minister David Johnston told reporters in Canberra.

Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search

Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-sub plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed. Australia is leading the multinational search for the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8 carrying 239 people, and is bearing many of the costs of the mission expected to be the most expensive in aviation history. "There will be some issues of costs into the future but this is not about costs," Defence Minister David Johnston told reporters in Canberra.

Cricket: Australia bag hat-trick of women's World T20 titles

Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title in the women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday. Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 105-8 after Australia won the toss and elected to field. Heather Knight's 29 off 24 balls and Sarah Taylor's 18 lifted England to 55-1 before seven wickets crashed for 46 runs against the steady Australian attack that was backed by smart fielding.

CGames: Australia forecasts 152 medals in Glasgow

Australia is expected to again top the medals table at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning up to 152, the Australian Sports Commission predicted Thursday. The federal government-backed ASC made the medal forecasts for each sport based on the current rankings of athletes and teams and what they can realistically be expected to achieve after consultation between each sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Australia's top court recognises 'gender neutral' sex category

Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral, or non-specific, as opposed to male or female. "The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non?specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement that dismissed a New South Wales state appeal to recognise only men or women. The case centred on a person called Norrie, who does not identify as either male or female, who launched a legal bid to introduce a new gender-neutral category.

Cricket: Australia v India World T20 scoreboard

Scoreboard from the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match between Australia and India in Dhaka on Sunday: India: R. Sharma c Muirhead b Hodge 5 A. Rahane c Haddin b Bollinger 19 V. Kohli c White b Muirhead 23 Y. Singh c Maxwell b Watson 60 S. Raina c Finch b Maxwell 6 M. Dhoni b Starc 24 R. Jadeja run out 3

Cricket: India beat Australia in World Twenty20

India defeated Australia by 73 runs in Dhaka on Sunday to end the Super-10 round of the World Twenty20 with four successive wins. India, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, scored 159-7 after being sent in to bat and then bowled out Australia for 86 in 16.2 overs to top group two. It was Australia's third loss in a row, leaving them at the bottom of the table along with Bangladesh. Pakistan, who beat Bangladesh by 50 runs earlier on Sunday, will clash with the West Indies on Tuesday to decide the second semi-finalist from the group. kl/mtp

Australia shoots down crocodile hunt plan

Australia on Thursday rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying such a scheme risked encouraging "cruel" behaviour. Under the proposal about 50 crocodile safaris a year would be allowed in the Northern Territory, where the giant reptiles have become increasingly common since they were declared a protected species in 1971. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had considered allowing "trophy hunts" but did not believe they were appropriate.

New WTO challenge to Australia plain-packaging tobacco law

A battle against Australia's plain tobacco packaging rules gained pace at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, as Indonesia won the right to seek a ruling by the global body. Trade sources said that the WTO's disputes settlement body had agreed to set up an independent panel of trade and legal experts in order to assess whether Australia is breaching the rules of global commerce. Canberra has faced a raft of challenges to its tobacco legislation, passed in 2011 and in force since December 2012, which politicians hope will curb the numbers of people smoking.

Football: Australia draw Kuwait in Asian Cup opener

Hosts Australia will play Kuwait in the opening game of the 2015 Asian Cup in the draw made in Sydney on Wednesday. Australia have never won the Asian Cup, while Kuwait won the tournament in 1980. rsm/lto
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