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 Madame Tussaud’s  unveils the wax figures of pop boy-band One Direction as they make their debut stateside. Photograph: Getty

A small, but excited mostly female crowd has welcomed a set of One Direction wax figurines to Madame Tussaud’s in New York. The figurines - first unve(...)

Australia will refuse entry to asylum seekers who arrive by boat and send them to neighbouring Papua New Guinea, in a pre-election policy prime minist(...)

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants to ply his trade elsewhere. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted striker Luis Suárez will remain with the Reds “unless something drastic happens” – while also stressing(...)

Maria O’Shea with her sons Soren (11), and Conor (3), who died in the crash in Denmark.

Danish police are continuing to investigate a fatal car crash in which three children, whose father is Irish, lost their lives. The incident occurred (...)

Adrian Bayley is seen after his sentencing in June. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Adrian Bayley, the man who raped and murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher in Australia, has launched an appeal against the length of his sentence.Bayley (...)

In his twice-yearly report to Congress on monetary policy, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke  said the Fed’s bond- buying programme would cease by mid-2014, but stressed the plan was not set in stone. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a modest boost to stock markets around the world yesterday, by reassuring that the US central bank’s mon(...)

Wayne Rooney (left) has seen an approach from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho (right) rebuffed from Manchester United. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has left the club’s tour of Australia early to carry out some urgent transfer business.It is not clear w(...)

Professor Andrew J Deeks, president-elect at UCD.

UCD has broken with tradition by appointing an external academic as its next president.Prof Andrew J Deeks, an Australian-educated engineer who is cur(...)

The Labor Party has risen dramatically in the polls since  Kevin Rudd took over as party leader and prime minister. Photograph: Enny Nuraheni/Reuters

Two weekends ago, at the Australia match against the Lions in Sydney, former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke was overheard saying to current prime mini(...)

Australia’s Peter Siddle  celebrates after the dismissal of England’s Matt Prior during the first Ashes cricket Test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

What a day. Exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure - and that just for those watching - England and Australia slugged it out on a day that had b(...)

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