USA survive biting incident to see off El Salvador in Gold Cup quarter-final

Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 on Wednesday night in an ugly Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal in which defender Henry Romero appeared to bite Jozy Altidore on the back of a shoulder and pull the American forward’s nipple.

Canadian referee Drew Fischer, a Major League Soccer regular, did not penalize the incident, which occurred during a skirmish on the goal line in the 57th minute ahead of a US corner kick. A furious Altidore fell to the ground but remained in the game.

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Turnbull says interest rates more likely to rise and buyers must live within means

PM says RBA trying to stimulate economy with low rates and it would be wrong to assume house prices will only increase

Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged that interest rates are more likely to go up than down, declaring it’s not rocket science that home buyers should be prudent and live within their means.

His comments come after Reserve Bank advice that the neutral cash rate was 2 percentage points higher than the current 1.5%, advice that sent the Australian dollar surging to a two-year high to US79.04c.

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Indigenous archaeological find in Kakadu recasts Australian history – video

A dig at Madjedbebe on the traditional lands of the Mirarr people in northern Australia has unearthed thousands of artefacts, some as old as 80,000 years. The discovery upends decades-old estimates about the human colonisation of the continent (previously estimated at between 47,000 and 60,000 years) and adds western scientific evidence to Indigenous cultural knowledge about the length of time their ancestors have occupied the land

• Australian dig finds evidence of Aboriginal habitation up to 80,000 years ago

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