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Aussies 6-171, hold 283-run lead in Leeds

Josh Hazlewood can't remember a day of Test cricket like it, having skittled England for 67 then watched an unbeaten Marnus Labuschagne march Australia to within sight of an Ashes-retaining victory in Leeds.

N.Korea ups rhetoric on US nuclear talks

North Korea's top diplomat says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is a "diehard toxin" who only complicates denuclearisation talks and North Korea is ready for both dialogue and stand-off.

Big wet dries up Cairns casino visitors

An extraordinary wet season and global economic jitters have helped wipe more than two-thirds from the Reef Casino Trust's first-half profit, though the result was slightly better than forecast at the Cairns-based complex.