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Australia raises terrorism threat level against police

Australia raised the terrorism threat level against its police officers to "high" today following discussion with overseas partners, federal police said.

Queensland state Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said: "The new threat level specifically has taken into account instances of attacks on police internationally on a number of occasions in the past few months."

Australian minister tweets plea for missing earring

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop usually uses Twitter to make official announcements, but last night made a more personal plea to anyone who might have seen her missing earring.

He tweeted a picture of herself being interviewed on Sky News with one earring conspicuously missing:

Australian nurse airlifted to UK for Ebola monitoring

An Australian nurse who has been treating Ebola patients has been airlifted from Sierra Leone to the UK for observation following a "low risk clinical incident".

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the nurse has not been diagnosed with Ebola and was being transferred to Britain following a "low risk clinical incident" at the Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.

The patient, believed to be a woman, has not been named and will be transferred to the UK and monitored for a 21-day observation period as a precautionary step.

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Australian great Brett Lee retires from cricket

Lee is one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era. Credit: PA

Australia great Brett Lee has announced his retirement and named the 2005 Ashes series as his favourite memory in a 20-year career.

Lee, 38, will send down his final ball in the Big Bash League this month, either in Sydney Sixers' final group game on Thursday or later if they reach the knockouts.

Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era, is Australia's joint highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals, joining Glenn McGrath on 380 scalps. He also picked up 310 wickets in 76 Tests.

"I'm not Benjamin Button...I'm finally calling stumps on my career," he joked.

"I'm excited and emotional, certainly happy that I've made the right decision."

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