Nadal is bidding to win his second Australian Open after beating Roger Federer for the 2009 crown.
Australia have named four spinners in the squad to take on top-ranked India in the series that begins from February.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump Monday after he branded NATO "obsolete" and said more countries would leave the EU after Britain.
In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe and criticised Merkel`s "catastrophic" decision to open Germany`s borders to Syrian refugees.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday advised the incoming Donald Trump administration against moving the US embassy to Jerusalem as she "worried" about a possible worldwide popular backlash.
The White House insisted that despite US reservations about other actions by Iran, Tehran was upholding its nuclear commitments.
The Stuttgart-based Mercedes were left scrambling round for a second driver when Rosberg dramatically retired on December 2 just five days following his drivers` title triumph.
Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul on Monday retook an area where the jihadists levelled one of the city`s most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.
Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway today for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West.
Investigators in the United Arab Emirates are looking into what caused a hot-air balloon to abruptly drop from the sky, injuring six tourists onboard.
A cargo plane attempting to land in thick fog crashed today into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport and killed at least 37 people, with authorities blaming "pilot error".
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