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Australian military aircraft to take aid to Vanuatu

Australian military aircraft have been loaded with emergency aid for the residents of Vanuatu following a devastating cyclone.

Emergency aid is loaded onto an Australian military aircraft. Credit: RTV

A clean-up is under way in Port Vila, Vanuata's capital, where seas were reported to have surged as high as eight metres (26 feet).

Australia's Bishop: Cyclone death toll still unconfirmed

Australian Foreign Minister has said the death toll from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is still unconfirmed.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addresses the media. Credit: APTN

Julie Bishop told a press conference, "There have been reports of perhaps six, perhaps eight, but we will maintain a focus on ensuring that we provide reliable information."

"We will continue to invest in ensuring that we can get some positive outcomes from what has been a devastating experience for the people of Vanuatu," Bishop added.

Australia see off Scotland at Cricket World Cup

Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc (left) takes Iain Wardlaw's wicket. Credit: ROB BLAKERS/AAP

Australia eased past Scotland in the Cricket World Cup with a seven-wicket win in Hobart despite a long rain delay. The win saw the co-hosts finish second in Pool A, behind other co-hosts New Zealand.

Scotland were bowled out for a meagre 130 in just 25.4 overs by the Australia attack with Mitchell Starc (four for 14) the key man for the tournament co-hosts.

Australia made light work of the reply, which was interrupted for an hour and a half by rain, with captain Michael Clarke top-scoring with 47 as they eased to victory in 15.2 overs.

In Pool B, Suresh Raina scored his maiden World Cup century as India cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Auckland.


Australia earn record win over Afghanistan

David Warner struck 178. Credit: Reuters

David Warner top-scored as Australia piled up the World Cup's highest ever total en route to victory by the widest margin in tournament history, against Afghanistan in Perth.

The co-hosts' 417 for six contained three outstanding innings, Warner (178) pacing himself and his team before upping the ante in a mammoth second-wicket stand of 260 with Steven Smith (95) after the early wicket of Aaron Finch - and then Glenn Maxwell (88) taking over.

Mitchell Johnson took four for 22 to ease them to a landslide 275-run Pool A win as Afghanistan were bowled out for 142 in 37.3 overs.

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