Australia paceman Pat Cummins bowled Mark Stoneman in the final over before tea to end his stubborn partnership with James Vince as England moved to 128 for two on the first day of the series-opening Ashes test in Brisbane on Thursday. Cummins' breakthrough eased a session of frustration for the hosts as Ashes debutants Stoneman and Vince dug in with a 125-run partnership on an unresponsive Gabba pitch to give England the upper hand by the break. Vince, who averaged 19.27 from his seven tests leading in, struck his maiden half-century and was 72 not out, with England captain Joe Root on one after surviving the final four balls.
Iranian-Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani was arrested on Manus Island on Thursday. Australia’s media union described his arrest as ‘an egregious attack on press freedom’. Papua New Guinea’s paramilitary police officers detained and then released refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani during a raid on the Manus Island detention centre.
James Vince and Mark Stoneman both responded with maiden Ashes half-centuries following the early loss of England's lynchpin opener Alastair Cook on day one of the first Test in Brisbane. Vince (72 not out) played some eye-catching shots through the off-side among seven fours in his 85-ball 50, his first at the highest level against any opposition, as he and Stoneman (53) prospered in a second-wicket stand of 125 against the much-hyped home attack. Pat Cummins hit back for Australia by beating Stoneman for pace to bowl him from round the wicket just before tea as England reached 128 for two after a rain-delayed second session.
Argentina's navy said Wednesday it was investigating an unusual noise detected in the South Atlantic hours after it last communicated with a missing submarine, but refused to confirm whether it indicated an explosion.
Myanmar expects to sign an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, a government official said, amid concern that Myanmar's powerful generals could prove obstructive. Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a counter-insurgency operation launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. On Wednesday, the United States said the military operation that drove 620,000 Rohingya to seek sanctuary in neighbouring, largely Muslim Bangladesh, amounted to "ethnic cleansing", echoing an accusation first levelled by top U.N. officials in the early days of the humanitarian crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have been quick to support the "me too" chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now "me too" stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond.
Papua New Guinean police officers enter the Manus Island immigration detention centre. Papua New Guinea police have spent Thursday attempting to forcibly clear the Manus Island detention centre, corralling refugees and asylum seekers onto buses, destroying property and food, seizing phones and arresting those communicating with the outside world. Kurdish Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, a journalist by profession, was specifically targeted by police, who arrested him before most of the forcible removals began.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — James Vince and Mark Stoneman combined defiantly in their first experience of Ashes cricket to blunt Australia's much-hyped pace attack, each posting half centuries in a 125-run stand to help England to 128-2 at tea on day one of the series.
The release of a Bollywood film has been put on hold after a .5m (£1.1m) bounty was offered to anyone who beheads lead actress Deepika Padukone and the film’s director. Suraj Pal Amu, a member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party, made the call against the actress, who previously starred alongside Vin Diesel in the xXx franchise, ahead of her latest project Padmavati over its alleged portrayal of a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim conqueror. According to local media reports, the party member, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, declared that the film would not be allowed to release at all after it was scheduled to open to audiences on 1 December.
People attend a protest for Aboriginal rights. Indigenous advocates say while Australia signed the declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples in 2007, it has yet to fully implement and respect the right to self-determination. The Turnbull government is expected to be criticised for its dismissal of a proposed Indigenous voice to parliament when Australian delegates appear before the United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination next week.
Cuba's foreign minister and his North Korean counterpart rejected the United States' "unilateral and arbitrary" demands on Wednesday while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, the ministry said. North Korea is searching for support amid unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease its nuclear weapons and missile programs, which it carries out in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The country, which has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, has maintained warm political relations with Cuba since 1960, despite the island's opposition to nuclear weapons.
DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report.
A former doctor for the US Olympic gymnastics team who is accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault. Larry Nassar admitted abusing seven girls - three of whom were under the age of 13 - at his home and at a clinic in Michigan. Some of the alleged abuse victims who have reported claims against Nassar include US Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.
The search for a missing Argentinian submarine has entered a "critical phase" as the crew's oxygen supply could be running low. Dozens of planes and boats are searching for the ARA San Juan, which has been missing in the South Atlantic since 15 November with 44 crew on board. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said: "We are in the critical phase... particularly with respect to oxygen.
‘Overnight, Merkel makes Theresa May seem positively secure. Hovering over Brexit was Angela Merkel, goddess of common sense. The allies’ postwar crafting of Germany’s constitution, to nobble it with coalitions, has turned sour.
Lu Wei, who was the boss of China’s cyberspace administration until this week. On Tuesday it emerged that Lu, who ran China’s cyberspace administration from 2014 until last year, had fallen victim to Xi Jinping’s high-profile war on corruption. “Find and delete negative comments attacking the system, and so on,” the order, which was obtained by the China Digital Times project, added.