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David Bowie dies aged 69

Rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to his son and his official Facebook page."David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," the statement read."While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.

Gangnam Style dance-off escalates into gang shootout in Bangkok

The dance has inspired a host of parodies, the song has hit the top of the charts in South Korea, Malaysia, Finland and Latvia, and the YouTube video has accumulated more than 227m views. Now, according to Thai media, Gangnam Style, by the K-pop star Psy, has inspired a West Side Story-esque show of rivalry between two Bangkok gangs who are said to have had a dance-off before engaging in a gun battle. The INN website reported that the two gangs were dining in the same restaurant when "the younger members of both groups danced provocatively at each other in the manner of top hit Gangnam Style". The dance-off escalated into an argument and, eventually, a gun attack in the upmarket Ekkamai neighbourhood, in which one of the gangs fired at least 50 bullets from a carbine and an 11mm gun.

Ethics in School

Nile says that scripture is under threat from ethics classes. But this is nonsense. The right of a child to receive classes in special religious education is enshrined in law - and there is no movement to change this. In the time since the ethics classes have been introduced, at the beginning of this year, there has not been a precipitous decline in the number of children attending scripture. Primary Ethics' volunteer teachers and co-ordinators have been welcomed into schools where they now offer programs to about 2700 children. That leaves an estimated 97,000 children still without a meaningful option to being ''parked'' while others attend scripture.

Big Tobacco Donations to AUS Political Parties

In Australia it is a legal requirement that donations made by individuals or entities to registered political parties to the value of or greater than $10,000[62] are declared to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The AEC posts on its website[63] donor annual returns dating back to the financial year 1998?99. Table 10.22 shows the total amounts of tobacco money received by the three major political parties in Australia since then.

Aussies bigger whingers than Brits on carbon tax

Jill Duggan, who managed Britain's initial emissions trading scheme (ETS), said there was an incorrect perception that Australia would be going it alone if it put a price on carbon."The thing that struck me is how the debate has changed here and also that wide perception that I keep hearing that Australia shouldn't go first," she told reporters in Canberra today."Coming from Europe, that sounds slightly bizarre because there are 30 countries in Europe that have had a carbon price ... since the beginning of 2005.

Defector admits lying to topple Saddam

THE Iraqi defector code-named ''Curveball'' whose claims that Iraq had biological weapons were used to justify the 2003 US invasion has admitted he lied to help get rid of Saddam Hussein.Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told Germany's secret service, the BND, that Iraq had mobile bioweapons trucks and had built clandestine factories.Even after he went back on his story after being confronted with denials from another source, his former boss, the BND continued to take him seriously, he told The Guardian.Advertisement: Story continues belowThe false information was the cornerstone of former US secretary of state Colin Powell's key address to the United Nations on February 5, 2003.During the speech, Mr Powell described Mr Janabi as ''an Iraqi chemical engineer'' who ''supervised one of these facilities''.

U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.At WarNotes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era.Go to the Blog >>MultimediaGraphicMinerals in AfghanistanReaders' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. * Read All Comments (1460) >>The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.