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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).

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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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New Zealand creep over the line against Australia

New Zealand edged to a one-wicket victory over fellow World Cup co-hosts Australia to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in a low-scoring thriller at Eden Park.

Left-arm pacemen Trent Boult (five for 27) of New Zealand and Australia's Mitchell Starc (six for 28) took career-best bowling figures in one-day internationals, but it was the Black Caps that just got over the line.

Trent Boult impressed. Credit: PA

They appeared set to make a statement of intent after Trent Boult took five wickets in 18 balls as Australia collapsed from 80 for one to 106 for nine, before being bowled out for 151 in 32.2 overs.

Several of their batsmen were guilty of poor shots, but Brendon McCullum once again thrived where others failed with a blistering half-century in New Zealand's reply.

While his dismissal prompted a wobble, New Zealand appeared to be coasting before they lost a rash of wickets, with Starc coming to the fore, but Kane Williamson (45 not out) smashed a six to get his side to their victory target with 26.5 overs to spare.

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