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Prince George receives cuddly wombat gift

Prince George, with his parents Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General
Prince George with his parents Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from the Governor-General Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Auspic

Prince George, who has been accompanying his parents on their tour across Australia and New Zealand, has received a special gift from the Governor-General.

The young Prince appears delighted with his new cuddly toy, which is said to be a wombat.

Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Governor-general and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney.
Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney. Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Auspic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George made a royal visit to the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Sydney, during the second leg of their tour down under.

Ian Thorpe in hospital fighting 'serious' infection

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe is at a Sydney hospital fighting a "serious" infection and may not swim again competitively, his manager told the Australian Associated Press.

"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," the Australian swimmer's agent James Erskine told the news agency.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals.
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals. Credit: BEN MACMAHON/AAP/Press Association Images

"From a competitive point of view - he will not be swimming competitively again I don't think."

Australia's Network Seven earlier reported that Thorpe was in intensive care and could lose the use of his arm.

Search for MH370 goes underwater for first time

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in remote seas off Australia is heading underwater for the first time, with a US Navy high tech "black box" locator deployed as the battery life of the cockpit data recorder dwindles.

The pinger locator is lowered into the ocean.
The pinger locator is lowered into the ocean. Credit: Reuters

Australian authorities said the so-called Towed Pinger Locator will be pulled behind navy ship HMAS Ocean Shield, searching a converging course on a 240 km (150 miles) track with British hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo.

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PM: Australia 'will get to the bottom of MH370 mystery'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told his Malaysian counterpart that Australia "will continue to get to the bottom" of the missing Flight MH370 "mystery".

Malaysia's Najib Razak met Mr Abbott in Perth to discuss the search effort and thank those crews who have been involved in the hunt for the Malaysian Airlines jet.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott. Credit: RTV

"I know that until we find the plane, many families cannot start to grieve. I cannot imagine what they must be going through, but I can promise them that we will not give up," Mr Razak said.

Read: Navy vessels join search for Malaysia Airlines jet

Malaysian PM thanks MH370 search crews in Australia

Malaysia's prime minister and his Australian counterpart visited an RAAF base in Perth to thank the crews involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370.

Malaysia's Najib Razak and Tony Abbott said all nations were "fully committed" the search:

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Today I visited RAAF base Pearce with PM @najibrazak - thank you to all the crews involved in the search for #MH370 http://t.co/W8WVRgFLOI

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Discussing w/ @tonyabbottmhr in Perth this morning. All nations involved are fully committed to the #MH370 search. http://t.co/peo2RbXzuP

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Read: Navy vessels join search for Malaysia Airlines jet

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