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Rupert Murdoch,  who controls 70% of metropolitan press daily sales in Australia. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

One of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest money spinners, The Simpsons television show, has sometimes featured curmudgeonly old Mr Burns instructing his ever-su(...)

Mining trucks and machinery operate in the Fimiston Open Pit, known as the Super Pit, in this photograph taken with a tilt-shift lens in Kalgoorlie, Australia. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

For two decades, Australia has deserved its reputation as a “lucky country”. Alone in the developed world, since 1991 it has been recession-free.It ad(...)

Kevin Pietersen of England is angered by press reports.    Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to demand an explanation and apology from Channel 9 after the Australian TV channel implied that Kevin Pieterse(...)

The late Seán Freyne, whom former president Mary McAleese said was “the quintessential Irishman, always asking the probing question”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of Ireland’s best-loved and most respected theologians, Seán Freyne, has died in Dublin. Director of the Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern(...)

I was at the beach when I got the call from my friend, S. “I’ve just spotted two very nice chrome-and-leather bar stools that might work in you(...)

Evie Wyld: ‘I wanted to write big action books but these sad little vignettes about fathers and sons kept coming out’

‘When I finish a book, I have no idea what it’s about until I talk to people, and do interviews. Slowly, I start to realise what it is I was saying wh(...)

 Seamie Heffernan rides War Command to victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last June. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Next year’s classic hopefuls will come into sharper focus at the Curragh this Sunday when War Command attempts to make it lucky 13 for Aidan O’Brien i(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announces the federal election for September 7th. Photograph: Mark Graham/ Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Kevin Rudd says that the country’s federal election, to be held on Saturday, September 7th, is about who Australians can tr(...)

New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie believes his players have no reason to feel inferior to their New Zealand counterparts and have every chance of winn(...)

 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)

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