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Magnitude 8 quake hits New Guinea

A powerful magnitude eight earthquake hit the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands yesterday, but no tsunami was reported hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands.

Venus storms into Aussie quarters

Venus Williams has returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time at the Australian Open, where she first made the last eight on debut in 1998.

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Andy Murray showed no signs of trouble with his sore ankle as he advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the ninth straight year, avoiding an upset against Sam Querrey on a mild Friday afternoon.

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Gorilla or guerilla?

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A TV commentator has been dropped from coverage of the Australian Open and has apologized for how he spoke about Venus Williams’ play in the second round, saying he was describing her aggressive style as “guerrilla” tactics and not comparing her with a “gorilla.”

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An “enraged” Australian man phoned police to complain that his father had burned his prized cannabis plants, authorities said yesterday.

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Rioting, looting and gunshots erupted in the capital of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday after police opened fire on a student demonstration, wounding about a dozen people and killing as many as four, officials and residents said.

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