New treaties needed to tackle illegal sea trade: Australian Police

New regional agreements are needed to tackle criminal gangs using the world`s oceans for illegal fishing and smuggling, a top Australian maritime officer said, calling the lucrative trade an "imminent threat" to global security.

Indonesia threatens Australia with `tsunami` of asylum-seekers

 An Indonesian minister has warned a "human tsunami" of asylum-seekers could be unleashed on Australia in retaliation if Canberra keeps pressing for clemency for two Australian drug smugglers on death row, as ties between the neighbours fray.

Indian IT consultant's murder: Husband heads to Sydney, MEA extends 'full assistance' to family
Indian IT consultant's murder: Husband heads to Sydney, MEA extends 'full assistance' to family

The Ministry of External Affairs has assured full assistance to the family of the Indian IT consultant, who was stabbed to death in Sydney late on on Saturday.

Cricket World Cup: We do it our way, says South Africa`s AB de Villiers
Cricket World Cup: We do it our way, says South Africa`s AB de Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Tuesday backed his team to go far in the World Cup following a 201-run romp over hapless Ireland in Canberra to record their third win in Pool B.

Hashim Amla is a rock: AB de Villiers
Hashim Amla is a rock: AB de Villiers

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has praised Hashim Amla for his knock of 159 against Ireland on Tuesday, saying that the opener is a "rock".

ICC World Cup: South Africa post mammoth 411/4 vs Ireland

South Africa posted the second highest score of World Cup history, amassing a massive 411 for four against Ireland in their pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup, in Canberra Tuesday.

South Africa`s Adrian Birrell bats for Ireland future
South Africa`s Adrian Birrell bats for Ireland future

South Africa`s assistant coach Adrian Birrell wants the decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams from 14 to be reversed, saying he did not want his former wards at Ireland to be left out.

West Indies' Chris Gayle creates history, hits first-ever World Cup double century
West Indies' Chris Gayle creates history, hits first-ever World Cup double century

Chris Gayle smashed the highest ever individual World Cup score of 215 and his first century in 20 months as the West Indies flattened Zimbabwe on a record-shattering day in Canberra on Tuesday.

Darren Bravo to miss Zimbabwe match, in doubt for South Africa
Darren Bravo to miss Zimbabwe match, in doubt for South Africa

Darren Bravo will miss West Indies` third World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Canberra on Tuesday and remains in doubt for Friday`s match against South Africa with a low-grade hamstring tear, the team said on Monday.

ICC World Cup: West Indies upbeat for pivotal Zimbabwe match
ICC World Cup: West Indies upbeat for pivotal Zimbabwe match

The West Indies believe they have turned the corner as they prepare to face Zimbabwe in a pivotal Pool B World Cup match at Canberra`s Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

World Cup history offers hope to defeated Afghanistan
World Cup history offers hope to defeated Afghanistan

Afghanistan`s World Cup debut may have seen them go down to a crushing 105-run defeat by Bangladesh, but they can take comfort from how once emerging cricket nations have gone on to thrive on the global stage.

We didn`t do ourselves justice, says Afghanistan coach Andy Moles
We didn`t do ourselves justice, says Afghanistan coach Andy Moles

Afghanistan coach Andy Moles lamented his team didn`t give a true reflection of the way they play their cricket after a comprehensive first up World Cup defeat to Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Shakib Al Hasan first Bangladeshi to 4,000 ODI runs
Shakib Al Hasan first Bangladeshi to 4,000 ODI runs

Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladesh cricketer to make 4,000 one-day international runs on Wednesday during the World Cup clash against Afghanistan.

Australia PM uses tsunami aid to pressure Indonesia over

Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged Indonesia Wednesday to remember Canberra`s significant help in dealing with the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as he ramped up pressure to spare two Australians on death row.

Australia PM pleads with Indonesia over death row men

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia`s call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead.

Manuka Oval (Canberra)
Manuka Oval (Canberra)

The picturesque Manuka Oval is located in suburban Canberra and is famous for playing host to the annual fixture between Prime Minister's XI and an overseas touring side.

Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq seek calm passage to semi-finals
Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq seek calm passage to semi-finals

Bitter rivals Iran and Iraq square off in a potentially explosive Asian Cup quarter-final in Canberra on Friday with the coaches of both teams urging players to keep their emotions in check.

Asian Cup: Iraq hope practice makes penalties perfect for Iran test
Asian Cup: Iraq hope practice makes penalties perfect for Iran test

Penalty practice begins on Wednesday for Iraq`s squad as head coach Radhi Shenaishil prepares his side for a quarter-final against old foes Iran by daring to dream of another Asian Cup title.

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on death row

Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders. 

Asylum-seekers say held `hostage` by Australia

 Asylum-seekers in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea said Sunday that Canberra was holding them "hostage" in an effort to deter others from paying people-smugglers to bring them to Australia.