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TV star Don Lane dies

By Thu, Oct 22, 2009 3:44PM UTC

Don Lane, an American song-and-dance man who became an enduring television celebrity in Australia known as “The Lanky Yank,” died Thursday. He was 75. Lane was one of the best-known figures on Australian television for almost two decades until in 1983 when he retired from the “Tonight Show”-style program that

China: No easy solution to ship hijacking

By Thu, Oct 22, 2009 2:45PM UTC

A top Chinese general said freeing a Chinese ship hijacked in the Indian Ocean will be a long, difficult process, and did not rule out a military response. The cargo ship carrying a crew of 25 Chinese sailors was seized Monday in the Indian Ocean, about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers)

Australia stops two boats of migrants in 24 hours

By Thu, Oct 22, 2009 2:28PM UTC

Australian authorities have intercepted two boats of asylum seekers in less than 24 hours, prompting the opposition leader Thursday to accuse the government of a “catastrophic failure” to stop the influx of migrants. Some 35 boats carrying about 1,770 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia waters this year, mostly from

Jackie Chan to star in Shaolin movie

By Thu, Oct 22, 2009 2:00PM UTC

The king of kung fu cinema is set to star in a new movie about China’s famed shrine of martial arts, the Shaolin Temple. Jackie Chan will star in the $29 million production, “Shaolin,” the latest screen portrayal of the 1,500-year old temple in central China whose famous fighting monks

Cleric charged over offensive mail to soldiers’ families

By Thu, Oct 22, 2009 1:14PM UTC

A Muslim activist who calls himself an ayatollah faces up to 14 years in prison after allegedly sending offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, police said Thursday. Sheik Haron, who also uses the name Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, was charged Tuesday with using the postal system

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