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Surfer Killed By Shark Off Australia's West Coast

image source Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was speaking during her first trip to Washington since a new conservative government took power in Australia two months ago. Her trip has reaffirmed the U.S.-Australia alliance but has been shadowed by Canberra's own problems with its most important Asian neighbor, Indonesia, over allegations revealed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that Australia tapped the phone of the Indonesia's president. Bishop declined to address those allegations. She told reporters that Australia faces "challenging times ahead" but will work hard on its relations with its Asian neighbor. Bishop told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, that President Barack Obama's foreign policy rebalance to Asia is "vitally important" and in America's national interest, because of Asia's rising economy. "U.S. engagement in our region is more in the American national interest than it's ever been in the past, and in my meetings with regional leaders they want to see more U.S. <br>More:

S.C. child taken 20 years ago safe in Australia

England would need to better the best ever fourth innings run chase in test cricket by 143 runs to get the 561 runs for victory but more realistically will look to dig in and hope the rainstorms forecast for Brisbane materialise. Barring a 15-minute rain delay before lunch, the weather failed England on Saturday and the day instead belonged to belligerent opener Warner and his cultured captain. Put in the driving seat when their bowlers dismissed the tourists fitness for 136 at the Gabba on Friday, the pair gleefully grasped the controls and raced away from England in a 158-run partnership for the third wicket. Warner hammered 124 off 154 balls for his fourth test century and first against England, while Clarke's 113 came off 130 balls for the 25th hundred of his career and sixth in the Ashes. "England are on the back foot," said Warner. "It does look like they've got scared eyes at the moment. "The way that Trotty got out today was pretty poor and weak. <br>More:

There have been several shark attacks in Australian waters recently that did not end in death. Greg Pickering, a 55-year-old abalone diver, was attacked around the head and back last month by what officials suspect was a 10-foot great white shark near the Western Australia city of Esperance, southeast of Perth. It was the second (visit site) time Pickering had found himself in the jaws of a shark in nine years. In 2004, he was bitten on the leg while spearfishing near Cervantes, north of Perth. SHARE 76 CONNECT 38 TWEET 13 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. <br>More:

Day and Scott, who each holed approach shots for eagles Sunday, also shared the $600,000 first-place team prize. American Matt Kuchar shot 71 to finish fourth in individual stroke-play, three behind Day. Ryo Ishikawa (69) of Japan and Thailands Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who shot 70, finished tied for fifth, seven behind the winner. The World Cup was Days first tournament in five weeks and came two weeks after he learned that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the Nov. 9 typhoon in the Philippines. <br>More:

Cooper stars as Australia down Scotland

It's a different challenge next week against Wales." The loss for Scotland, coming a week after they were outclassed 28-0 to South Africa, means they end the November Test match series with just a solitary win over Japan. "I can't quibble with the effort, We let ourselves down with the execution, " Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson said. He added: "The young kids we have can only get better. I'm really pleased with the effort - I'm sick of being good losers." Johnson responded to the drubbing his side took at the hands of the South Africa visit by omitting first-choice fly-half Ruaridh Jackson and star lock Richie Gray, both of whom struggled against the Springboks. View gallery." Australia's Scott Fardy (L) tries to fend off Scotland's Jim Hamilton during the international Rugby Duncan Weir joined Laidlaw at half-back with Kelly Brown returning to the back row and reclaiming the captaincy from Laidlaw. <br>More:

Jason Day wins golf's World Cup at Royal Melbourne as Australia wins team portion

Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan, who must approve any extradition request, said Barnett appeared this week in a court at Maroochydore, a coastal tourist strip north of the Queensland state capital Brisbane. "As the matter is before the court, it would not be appropriate to comment further," he said in a statement Saturday. The Australian Federal Police declined to comment on the case. SHARE 20 CONNECT 34 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. <br>More:

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