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Truck full of gas cylinders set on fire, three stabbed in Australia terror attack

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE: A Somali-born man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in a rampage they called an act of terrorism. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, without providing any evidence. The utility truck carrying barbecue gas cylinders burned on busy Bourke Street just before the evening rush hour as the driver stabbed bystanders and attacked police. The…

Karachi W-11 bus now a star attraction at Melbourne museum

AUSTRALIA: Known to be one of Karachi’s star attraction "Karachi W11" has now rightfully taken its place as a permanent exhibit at the Melbourne Museum of Australia. Resting in the workshop was an old, somewhat rusty, metal structure that had been running on Melbourne tracks since 1978. After 28 years of serving commuters, the tram was due to retire in 2006. According to SBS report, Wajid Ali and his fellow craftsmen worked tirelessly for months to add the “Pakistani touch” to the seemingly lifeless tram. Melbourne…

Federer and Djokovic take control in Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open on Tuesday with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating the first round after her drug ban. Defending champion Federer, rated as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, made his entrance on Rod Laver Arena with a sizzling 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 lesson for Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene. The second seeded Swiss, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record…

Roy record inspires England to victory vs Australia

MELBOURNE: Opener Jason Roy recorded the highest-ever one-day international score by an England player as the tourists finally had something to celebrate with a five-wicket win over Australia on Sunday. After their wretched Ashes campaign, in which they were beaten 4-0, the tourists chased down a hefty Australian total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win with seven balls to spare in the opener of the five-match ODI series. Set 305 to win, Roy's daring 180 helped England make 308 for five. The successful chase was…

ICC rates Ashes Melbourne pitch as ‘poor’

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne pitch for the fourth Ashes Test match has been rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reportedly the first for an Australian ground, just days after players also criticised the conditions. The showpiece Boxing Day match, which ended in a draw, denied England their first win of the series that Australia had already claimed with an unassailable three-nil lead. It was only the second Boxing Day Test draw in 20 years. The drop-in pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was…

Australian PM says nine foreigners among those hurt when driver plows into crowd

MELBOURNE: Nearly half the 19 people injured when a driver with no known extremist links plowed into pedestrians in the southern city of Melbourne were foreign nationals, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday. Police allege that the 32-year-old Australian man, a refugee from Afghanistan, had a history of mental illness and drove a car into Christmas shoppers on one of the busiest roads in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday. The incident was a chilling reminder of attacks using vehicles in…

14 hurt as car deliberately hits crowd in Melbourne: police

MELBOURNE: A car ploughed into a crowd in Australia´s second-largest city on Thursday in what police said was a "deliberate act" that left more than a dozen people injured, some of them seriously. Witnesses said people were thrown through the air after being hit by the vehicle, which did not appear to be trying to stop as it "mowed everybody down". Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of the car after it "collided with a number of pedestrians" in downtown Melbourne at a busy intersection just after…

Serena ‘very likely’ to make comeback at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season's opening Grand Slam "very likely", organisers said on Wednesday. Williams, 36, won this year's Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam winner would attempt to defend her title next month. But tournament director Craig Tiley is optimistic she will return for…

WATCH: Kangaroo ‘punches’ boy in the face, video goes viral

MELBOURNE: A hilarious video has emerged showing a boy being punched in the face by a kangaroo at a wildlife park in Melbourne after he tries to feed it. The clip, filmed by the lad’s mum, was recorded in the Glen Waverley area of Melbourne in Australia. It shows the hesitant boy approaching the country’s iconic animal under the supervision of his dad. The man encourages him: “Walk straight at it, just walk straight at it.” As he gets closer an emu comes from behind the kangaroo and walks between the animal and…