Odds & Ends: Sarah Brightman Sells a Piece of Phantom History, Rupert …

Sarah Brightman Sells a Piece of Phantom History Some news for Phantom history buffs from #SarahBrightman , the West End and Broadway's original Christine and future astronaut . To celebrate the show's success back in [Read entire story]

Crack Aussie troops fly to the Middle East

THE first Australian troops have left for the Middle East, after a contingent of special forces soldiers flew out in secret yesterday from Sydney. THE grief-stricken friends of the 16-year-old girl killed in a 4WD crash [Read entire story]

How Much Pot Does It Take to Turn Teenagers Into Suicidal Dropouts?

Many people, including the president of the United States, smoked pot in high school but nevertheless managed to graduate, earn college degrees, and lead reasonably happy and successful lives. If you are one of those [Read entire story]

Iranian Supreme Leader Rejects US Offer For Cooperation Against ISIS

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media during a press conference at the conclusion of the AUSMIN talks at Admiralty House on Aug. 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. WASHINGTON - Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah [Read entire story]

Australian band Step-Panther are ‘Strange But Nice’ on new LP

Sydney, Australia trio Step Panther have been around since the late '00s, making crunchy guitar pop with big hooky choruses and punky oomph. The group are set to release their new album, Strange But Nice , on September [Read entire story]

Australia’s not ‘the lucky country’ anymore

Bryan MacDonald is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He wrote for Irish Independent and Daily Mail. [Read entire story]

Emaar Malls IPO: Is Dubai Back?

I am a freelance journalist focusing on business and finance, particularly in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I'm the former editor of Asiamoney magazine in Hong Kong, and former investment editor of the Australian [Read entire story]

Ryan keen to change the cycle of cancer

Faulconbridge's Ryan Elston is set to ride a mountain bike 200km in two days for charity, after his close friend lost both parents to cancer in the space of three years. Faulconbridge's Ryan Elston is set to ride a [Read entire story]

Australian swimmer mauled to death by suspected great white shark while his wife stands on the beach

A photo posted Tuesday by Helirescue purportedly shows a two-metre shark near Byron Bay in Australia shortly after a shark attack killed a man in his 50s. SYDNEY, Australia - A man was killed in a shark attack Tuesday at [Read entire story]

Will: Pregnant Kate may be better soonWill: Pregnant Kate may be…

A grinning Prince William confirmed the second royal baby news today, telling well-wishers at Oxford University that Duchess Kate's morning sickness may be over in just a few weeks. Will and Kate were to open Will: [Read entire story]

Disney’s the Lion King Comes to Boston Opera House, Now thru 10/12

The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion [Read entire story]

In chronic pain? I am the solution

AROUND ten million people in the UK are living with chronic pain...and the vast majority are soldiering on without any help. A recent survey by Lloyds Pharmacy found 77 per cent of people with the agonising condition had [Read entire story]

Cebu Pacific launches first flight to Australia

MANILA, Philippines Cebu Pacific launched its first non-stop flight to Sydney, Australia early Tuesday to become the only low-cost carrier operating the route. Flights depart Manila at 12:15 a.m. and arrive in Sydney at [Read entire story]

Foreign subs a security ‘risk’

AUSTRALIA's national security could be at risk if our next fleet of submarines is built in Japan, Bill Shorten has warned - and Jacqui Lambie isn't happy either. AUTHORITIES have confirmed they are treating last week's [Read entire story]

Local woman becomes world traveler

Benicia High School graduate Ashley Ching has been traveling the world and learning about new cultures. Most recently, Ching returned after a three-month journey from Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong, and China. [Read entire story]

Online retailing boom is good news for Visualsoft [Evening Gazette (UK)]

Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) AN explosion in online retailing could hold the key to success for fast-growing tech firm Visualsoft. The Stockton company has unveiled ambitious expansion plans that could see it double [Read entire story]

Dirty Dancing Coming to Fox Theatre, 10/21-11/2

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the national tour of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will play at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis October 21 - November 2, 2014. Tickets for Dirty Dancing - [Read entire story]

Maryland University students create computer app, making a puzzle of photos

Selecting a game app for laptop, cellphone or tablet can be a puzzling experience, but there is a new one designed to be just that: a puzzle. Ghedalia Gold-Pastor of Chevy Chase and a 2012 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy [Read entire story]

Anne Kansiime, Eddie Kenzo Win Australian Awards

Anne Kansime, commonly known as the Africa's comedy queen and Eddy Kenzo, the sitya loss star proved their talents international as they walked away with accolades at the Riverside Theatre, parramatta, Sydney, Australia. [Read entire story]

Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child

Britain's Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia in April. The couple announced Monday that they are expecting their second child. [Read entire story]

Australia returns lost ancient art to India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the return by Australia of two ancient Hindu art treasures that were allegedly stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu. During a meeting with Modi in New Delhi on Friday [Read entire story]

Orange Express: Monday, September 8.

Joan Rivers has her last wish granted as scores of celebrities turn out for her red carpet funeral. http://t.co/77OsqYDjgx China's visiting foreign minister has taken an apparent subtle swipe at the Abbott government, [Read entire story]

Fans still waiting to hear from Van Halen

APRIL 20: Van Halen perform on stage during 2013 STONE Music Festival at ANZ Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Van Halen continue to make news even when doing nothing. [Read entire story]

Life Stories: Wherever he went, whatever he did, Charlie Hicks always had a ball

MOBILE, Alabama - After her husband of 13 years died suddenly at age 46 on July 17 , Dominique Hicks went to his law office for the first time. In the bottom drawer of his desk, she found a microcassette labeled [Read entire story]

Chicago Named Top Travel Destination For Closeted Gay Men

We have plenty of data on where gay men like to vacation -- but what about men who aren't out of the closet? According to a recent poll by MissTravel.com , the most popular destination for closeted gay men in the world [Read entire story]

Qantas plane turned back to LA

A QANTAS flight bound for Melbourne has returned to LA after water was discovered leaking from a pipe on the aircraft’s upper deck. [Read entire story]

Rough seas threat to boat transfer

A BOATLOAD of asylum-seekers found near Cocos Island has been picked up by Australian authorities and will be handed to Sri Lanka’s navy. [Read entire story]

Revenge suspected in Jerusalem killing

A PALESTINIAN teenager has been kidnapped and killed in a suspected act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli youths. [Read entire story]

Dumped MP blasts Labor faction

A NSW Labor MP has attacked the party’s right-wing faction, labelling its nomination processes “corrupt and undemocratic”. [Read entire story]

Spy law changes to help fight jihadists

GEORGE Brandis has held talks with Islamic leaders ahead of moves to modernise laws covering Australia’s intelligence bodies. [Read entire story]

Super fund billed $93k by union boss

THE TWU billed a superannuation fund thousands of dollars for just two days’ work done by an official. [Read entire story]

Rinehart expands into cattle farming

GINA Rinehart has joined the rush to capitalise on Asia’s booming demand for food by paying about $40m to snare a 50pc stake in two cattle stations. [Read entire story]

Abbott hopes to sway Senate crossbench

TONY Abbott has cautioned against programming “our kids to fail”, as he defended a welfare reform set to face defeat in the new Senate. [Read entire story]

Parents’ group slams childcare plan

THE PEAK body representing Australian parents says a proposal for childcare payments to be means-tested is a “kick in the guts”. [Read entire story]