India recall pacemen Umesh and Shami for Australia ODIs

Yadav and Shami were part of the test squad which blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 but were rested from the subsequent five-match ODI series, which the tourists also swept.

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Fast bowler Shardul Thakur, who played two matches in the series and took a single wicket, was dropped from the 16-man squad for the series against Australia.

The hosts will, however, continue to be without off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm tweaker Ravindra Jadeja for the first three of five matches against Steve Smith’s side.

Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be India’s spinners as the Virat Kohli-led side continues to build toward the 50-over World Cup in 2019 in England and Wales.

“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad said in a statement.

“The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well, are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”

India and Australia will play five ODIs and three T20 matches during their limited-overs series, starting with the first 50-over clash in Chennai on Sept 17.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Nick Mulvenney)

India recall Umesh, Shami for Aust ODIs

India have recalled fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav for the first three one-day internationals against Australia while they continue to rest their frontline spinners.

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Yadav and Shami were part of the Test squad which blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 but were rested from the subsequent five-match ODI series, which the tourists also swept.

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur, who played two matches in the series and took a single wicket, was dropped from the 16-man squad for the series against Australia.

The hosts will, however, continue to be without off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm tweaker Ravindra Jadeja for the first three of five matches against Steve Smith’s side.

Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be India’s spinners as the Virat Kohli-led side continues to build toward the 50-over World Cup in 2019 in England and Wales.

“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad said in a statement.

“The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well, are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”

India and Australia will play five ODIs and three T20 matches during their limited-overs series, starting with the first 50-over clash in Chennai on Sept 17.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

IS holds 11,100 blank Syrian passports: report

Investigators have assembled a list of serial numbers of the blank passports and the authorities that issued them, the newspaper reported, citing confidential documents from federal police and the interior ministry.

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The stolen passports are genuine identity papers that have not yet been filled out with an individual’s details, making them a valuable tool for forgers.

In total, German security services are aware of some 18,002 blank Syrian passports stolen from Syrian government sites, including thousands held by groups other than IS.

“Developments in connection with the refugee situation have shown that terrorist organisations are using the opportunity to infiltrate potential attackers or supporters into Europe and Germany undetected,” a spokeswoman for the BKA federal criminal police told Bild am Sonntag.

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Members of the group behind a series of coordinated bomb and gun attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives in November 2015 were found to have used fake Syrian passports.

However, “‘Fake or altered passports are mostly used for illegal entry without further motives like carrying out a terrorist attack,” the spokeswoman said.

Some 8,625 passports checked by German migration authorities in 2016 turned out to be fakes according to the documents seen by Bild am Sonntag.

But the files provided no information on how many of the passports were among those that had passed through IS’ hands.

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Cure for osteoarthritis in the pipeline

A decades-old drug could be a potential cure for osteoarthritis, which afflicts millions of Australians and costs the health system over a billion dollars a year.

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Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium – used to treat blood clots and cystitis for 60 years – has successfully been tested on a small number of patients who have advanced osteoarthritis.

It worked so well for a 70-year-old Adelaide woman her pain score went from eight out of 10 to zero in a matter of weeks.

Her case study will be published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal.

The former horse rider had swollen knee joints associated with bone marrow edema lesions, considered to be the root cause of pain in advanced osteoarthritis.

She suffered excruciating pain that couldn’t be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers.

“I was like an invalid; it was very depressing,” she said.

She was treated with PPS injections twice a week for three weeks by her doctor – Professor Jegan Krishnan.

“The pain relief was almost immediate,” she said.

Subsequent MRI scans showed the bone marrow edema lesions had totally disappeared.

“I’m no longer on the list for a knee reconstruction; not even thinking about it anymore,” the woman said.

“I walk nearly 10 km every morning.”

Another 24 patients with BMEL and advanced osteoarthritis also showed marked improvement in pain scores and joint function after PPS treatment.

Paradigm Biopharma CEO Paul Rennie said the results are significant as they show the potential to ease pressure in the public hospital and health care system for treating osteoarthritic patients.

“As some of these patients were taken off a public hospital waiting list for total knee replacement, it saved them from this invasive and painful procedure,” he said.

It also saves the health care system the cost of the operation and replacement joint, he said.

Government piles pressure on AGL over coal

The Turnbull government is piling pressure on AGL over its planned closure of the Liddell power station, saying its operation relies heavily on coal whatever marketing strategy it tries to put forward.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will meet the energy company’s boss on Monday to persuade it to keep open its Liddell power station beyond 2022 – or sell it – after the market operator said it needs to stay open for the stability of the electricity system.

“The reality is AGL relies heavily on coal … AGL get about 85 per cent of their power generation from coal,” Mr Frydenberg told Sky News on Sunday.

He noted its Bayswater coal-fired power station – which neighbours Liddell – was not scheduled to close until 2035 and Loy Yang would be in business until the 2040s.

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Liddell is the oldest power station still running in Australia, and in 2022 it will be 50 years old, which widely regarded as its expected life span.

AGL’s marketing campaign says “starting in 2022 and ending by 2050, we are getting out of coal” and the campaign talks up the billions it’s spending on new generation of other forms.

It has been parodied by environmental groups who want the company to act faster.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said it seemed “those who are trying to shut Liddell” had a vested interest in talking down its viability.

“The way AGL has been talking it sounds like it’s worthless and maybe they are going to be selling it for nothing,” he told ABC TV.

“It doesn’t surprise me that a big energy company wants to see a big source of supply go out of the market … That drives prices up and that benefits energy companies.”

Mr Frydenberg said if the government failed to convince AGL to sell Liddell or extend its life, “we’ll continue to press the public case, both with the energy companies and in the parliament”.

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The Nationals have made it party policy to phase out subsidies for renewable energy, with Queensland senator and former resources minister Matthew Canavan saying when it came to jobs, renewables were “just a short term sugar hit”.

“We’ve taken all the subsidies away from our farming sector and now the biggest protection racket going around is in our renewable energy sector,” Senator Canavan told the party’s federal conference.

The Nationals at their federal conference on Sunday voted against setting a clean energy target.

Deputy Premier Barnaby Joyce said the vote was not binding on MPs, while Queensland MP George Christensen has threatened to cross the floor.

“You’re guided by these resolutions, you’re not completely instructed by them,” Mr Joyce said.

Labor says it is “sheer hypocrisy” from the Nationals when its MPs are happy to launch renewable projects in their own electorates.

“The fossils in the Nationals, driven by baseless ideology and political opportunism, would rather tear down the one piece of bipartisan energy policy that is providing new generation into the system than support renewable energy,” opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler said.