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The magnificent and shy singer Susan
Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a
Connecticut doctor she met on her recent
United States tour who may soon visit her in
“That ’s the plan,” Boyle’s spokeswoman,
Nicola Phillips, said yesterday. “She met
someone when she was in America and the
idea is that he can come here.”
Boyle and the doctor met at a hotel in
Clear water, Florida, Phillips said, adding
that Boyle is “definitely” happy to have met
The church volunteer from a small Scottish
town became a global sensation when she
sang the Les Miserables number I Dreamed
a Dream on television contest Britain’s Got
Talent in 2009.
At first she seemed uncomfortable on
stage, but she silenced skeptics as soon as she
started to sing.
Boyle said at the time she had never been
The contrast between her timid, occasionally
ner vous manner and her matchless soaring
voice won Boyle millions of fans throughout
the world, and she has followed her TV
breakthrough with a string of successful
She has received an honorary doctorate,
performed for Pope Benedict XVI and
wowed audiences in Las Vegas.
But the pressures of performing have
sometimes over whelmed her, and she was
treated for ner vous exhaustion after her
Britain’s Got Talent run focused national
attention on her.
Boyle told The Sun newspaper that the
doctor she met in the US was a “perfect
gentleman” and that they enjoyed each other’s
company. She said the relationship was in
“early days”, but she hopes he will visit her
The singer was diagnosed last year with
Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and
had learning disabilities as a child. — AP
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The Christmas market of Dresden,
Germany is celebrating its 580th year.
The celebrations for the incredible
long run of an event known as the
Striezelmarkt, one of Germany ’s older
Christmas markets, began yesterday.
As every year, there are more than
230 open-air booths and stands to
stroll around in the winter cold.
The market began yesterday and runs
until December 24.
Among the specialties available
are typical Saxon cakes and pastries,
hand crafts from the region, car vings
and figurines made in the nearby
Erzgebirge upland region, pottery
from Germany ’s Lausitz and
gingerbread from master bakers at
Pulsnitz. — D PA
The Pope’s suggestion that
Muslims are not doing enough to
counter terrorism may increase
tension between the west and
Islam, Vatican experts say.
In what Church watchers
toughening of his tone, the Pontiff
has called on Muslim political,
religious and intellectual leaders
worldwide to “clearly” speak out in
condemnation of those who kill in
the name of Islam.
He did so at the risk of offending
those in the Muslim world who
feel they have done exactly that.
And also those who say western
leaders fuel militancy through
inter ventions in Muslim countries,
and mistreatment of believers in
The Pope’s appeal came yesterday
as he returned from a trip to Turkey.
While in Turkey, the 77-year-old
Francis was lectured by President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the
role of what he described as rising
anti-Muslim prejudice in western
countries in helping to foment the
militancy that has given rise to the
Islamic State group in Iraq and
“ People are being labelled as
conser vative, intolerant and violent
just because of their faith,” Erdogan
said, accusing the media and
politicians of reinforcing racist and
On the eve of the Pope’s arrival,
the Turkish leader, long accused
of eroding the secular nature
of his country, had delivered an
extraordinary speech suggesting
“foreigners” loved to exploit and
“ Believe me, they don’t like us.
They appear to be our friends, but
they want to see us die, see our
children die.” — AFP
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A view of the Striezelmarkt in Germany, which began its 580th stint yesterday.
Christmas market reaches 580th year
An Indian student who travelled to
Iraq to join the Islamic State group
has returned home disillusioned after
jihadists made him clean toilets and do
other menial jobs, according to media
Areeb Majeed, 23, left for Iraq with
three friends in late May amid fears
by authorities that IS militants were
attempting to recruit from India’s large
pool of young Muslim men.
The engineering student flew home
on Saturday to Mumbai where he was
arrested and charged by India’s elite
National Investigation Agency (NIA)
with terror-related offences.
Majeed told NIA officers he was
sidelined by the jihadists for whom
he fetched water and performed other
lowly tasks such as cleaning toilets,
instead of taking part in the deadly
offensive like he wanted, the Press
Trust of India news agency reported.
He phoned his family to say he
wanted to come home after suffering
an unexplained bullet wound for which
he did not get proper medical attention,
the agency said yesterday.
“Only after I begged them, I was
taken to a hospital,” he was quoted as
saying by NIA officers.
“There was neither a holy war nor any
of the preachings in the holy book were
India’s moderate population of 150
million Muslims have traditionally not
been drawn into sectarian conflicts in
the Middle East and elsewhere, but the
case of the four raised concerns about
Tanvir Sheikh, the father of one of
Majeed’s friends who was still missing
in Iraq, said he felt betrayed by his
Sheikh said his son Fahad was offered
a job in Kuwait but instead decided to
travel to Iraq to join the extremists.
“He had got a job offer from Kuwait
with a salary of three lakh rupees
($US4800) but he ignored that and
instead took up arms. Now what
happens to his future?” Sheikh told the
Indian Express newspaper.
bright career ahead of him but he took
advantage of our love and betrayed
Radicalised foreigners have been
drawn to the IS group, which has
conducted a series of mass executions
and other atrocities since launching its
offensive in Iraq and Syria in June.
Student leaves jihadist group after loo cleaning duty
Susan Boyle gets first boyfriend
Child sex abuse allegations against the former
spiritual leader of one of Australia’s oldest and
largest yoga retreats will be examined at a
The Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will inquire
into the response of the Satyananda Yoga
Ashram at Mangrove Mountain on the New
South Wales central coast to allegations of
abuse against its founding director in the
1970s and 1980s. The retreat is now known as
the Mangrove Yoga Ashram.
Akhandananda Saraswati was charged,
convicted and jailed in the late 1980s for
indecently assaulting four girls between the
ages of 14 and 16.
The swami spent 14 months in prison but
the convictions were overturned on appeal by
the High Court in 1991. He was released from
jail and died in 1997.
The commission at its 21st public hearing
will examine the ashram’s child abuse reporting
procedures and child safety policies from 1974
The hearing is expected to run for two weeks.
Yoga retreat abuse inquiry opens
The vinyl take over is all but complete.
As the CD skips its way to extinction, sales
of the old-fashioned LP have reached an
18-year-high in the United Kingdom.
The BBC reports that more than one
million vinyl records have been sold in the
UK so far this year, the last time this number
was achieved was in 1996.
And in the UK, the humble vinyl will now
even get its own music charts.
The Official Charts Company has revealed
it will start a weekly chart purely based on
“In an era when we’re all talking about
digital music, the fact that these beautiful
physical artefacts are still as popular as they
are is fantastic,” the managing director of the
Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot,
told the BBC.
Talbot also pointed out that the industry is
now worth about £20 million, a rise on five
years ago when it was worth £3 million.
Artists such as Arcade Fire and Arctic
Monkeys have jumped on the vinyl
bandwagon, releasing special editions of their
new releases on record.
The recent Pink Floyd release, The Endless
River, became the fastest selling vinyl record
It is the older artists who are still shifting
the most in this format. The best selling vinyl
record in the 18-year period is David Bowie’s
career-spanning collection, Nothing has
Changed. — A AP
Visitors to Stonehenge will no longer have
to shut out the sound of thundering traffic as
they admire the ancient monument.
The 2.9km tunnel, part of a £2 billion
upgrade to the road, will eliminate motorists’
view of the stone circle. But Helen Ghosh,
director of heritage group the National Trust,
said visitors to the site “will once again be
able to hear the sounds of skylarks singing
rather than the constant noise of traffic”.
Stonehenge, built by Neolithic Britons
between 3000BC and 1600BC, is visited by a
million people a year.
A second road was closed last year as part
of a makeover designed to de-clutter the
The tunnel is among 80 new road projects
announced overnight by the British
government. — AP
Stonehenge tunnel to block out traffic noise
United States authorities have warned
troops to avoid drawing attention to their
military ties on their social media accounts,
ABC news reports.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland
Security want current and former military
members to check accounts for information
that might attract the attention of the Islamic
State group and its supporters, a bulletin to
law enforcement agencies said.
The bulletin added that the Federal Bureau
of Investigation had information indicating
that people overseas were “spotting and
assessing” people who were willing to commit
attacks against current and former US-based
Authorities are especially worried about
the possibility of copycats inspired by two
separate attacks on soldiers in Canada in
The first successful jihadist attacks on
Canadian soil resulted in the deaths of two
soldiers. Police said the two suspects in the
separate incidents held jihadist sympathies
and wished to join the IS group. — Reuters
US military warned about social media
Amsterdam is sending hundreds of
unwanted bicycles to help Syrian refugees get
around the sprawling Zaatari camp in Jordan.
“Some 300 abandoned bicycles are set to
leave Amsterdam today,” Ton Buffing, in
charge of the project for Amsterdam city
“The bicycles should arrive in (the port of )
Aqaba in Jordan in about three weeks after
which they will be taken to the camp.
“Every day we confiscate between 200 and
250 bicycles that are either abandoned or
parked illegally,” Buffing said.
The bicycles are then taken to a holding
shed in the Dutch capital’s harbour to join a
trove of some 25,000 ownerless bikes.
The bicycles being sent to Jordan were fixed
up by a team last week in preparation for
their new journey, Buffing said.
The ever-growing Zaatari camp houses
about 100,000 Syrian refugees fleeing Syria’s
bloody civil war. “Zaatari has turned into a
small city,” Buffing said. — AP
300 bikes sent to help Syrian refugees
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A Thai volunteer rescue worker
has died after rival ambulance
squads brawled on the streets of
Bangkok, officials say.
The incident started when an
ambulance crew belonging to the
Pai Rom Sai Foundation accused
another from the Por Tek Tung
Foundation of encroaching on its
territory in responding to a traffic
The Pai Rom Sai crew allegedly
attacked the Por Tek Tung
Foundation with clubs and
handguns leaving one volunteer
member dead and two others
“ We don’t understand why
they would do this,” Chumpol
Boonpakdee, assistant director of
Por Tek Tung Foundation, said.
“ We had explained to them
earlier that we are just volunteers
ser ving society, there is no need for
There are several volunteer rescue
squads in Thailand that get paid
by the number of patients they
bring to hospital or bodies to a
morgue, leading them to be known
locally as the “ body snatchers”.
One dead as rival
ambulance crews brawl
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