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The Queen, front left, and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a service to mark the 100th anniversar y of
the end of the doomed World War One Gallipoli campaign at the Sandringham war memorial cross, Norfolk.
Royals commemorate end of Gallipoli campaign
The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge have made a surprise
appearance at a poignant ceremony
marking 100 years since the end of
the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
William and Kate overnight
joined the Queen and D uke of
Edinburgh at a wreath-laying
ser vice held at a war memorial on
the monarch’s Sandringham estate.
The Cambridges were not
scheduled to attend the ceremony
which marked the 100th
anniversary of the final withdrawal
of allied troops from the Gallipoli
peninsula in World War One.
But after attending a traditional
Sunday ser vice at Sandringham’s
St Mary Magdalene Church with
the Q ueen and Prince Philip they
walked behind the monarch to the
nearby war memorial cross.
Kate, who celebrated her 34th
birthday on Saturday, was joined
at church by her parents Michael
and Carole Middleton and siblings
Pippa and James.
The Q ueen and Prince Philip,
who is patron of the Gallipoli
Association, stood still as the Last
Post was played by a bugler and a
minute’s silence was obser ved.
Then, with solemnity and quiet
dignity, the Queen and D uke
each placed a wreath at the war
memorial dedicated to local men
who fought in the Great War and
paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Gallipoli land campaign
against Turkey was one of the major
engagements of World War One,
involving more than 400,000 British
and about 140,000 Commonwealth
and Irish servicemen.
At dawn on April 25, 1915,
waves of Allied troops launched
an amphibious attack on the
strategically important peninsula,
which was key to controlling the
Dardanelles straits, the crucial route
to the Black Sea and Russia.
However, the plan backed by
Winston Churchill was flawed
and the campaign, which faced a
heroic defence by the Turks, led
to stalemate and withdrawal eight
months later. Some 44,000 Allied
troops died, including 8700 from
Australia and 2700 New Zealanders.
Almost 87,000 Turks lost their lives.
The last Allied troops were
withdrawn on January 9, 1916.
Russian police are investigating the
death of a patient after a hospital
doctor was captured on video
knocking him to the floor with a
The shocking video of the attack
in the southern city of Belgorod was
aired repeatedly on State television
and went viral on You Tube, while
Russian media nicknamed the
attacker “the boxer doctor”.
The incident raised questions over
a cover-up culture in State medicine,
with investigators only announcing
the probe several days later, after
security camera footage was released
on-line and shown on television.
In the video, the strongly-built
doctor in medical clothing drags the
bare-chested male patient from the
examination table, asking him, “ Why
did you touch the nurse?” and pushes
him out of the door way.
When the patient returns, the
doctor deals him a single blow to the
face and a crash can be heard as the
middle-aged man falls backwards on
to the floor.
Meanwhile the doctor continues
to scuffle with another man
accompanying the patient, and it is
only minutes later the medics notice
the patient lying motionless and
attempt unsuccessfully to revive him.
Belgorod’s Investigative Committee
said in a statement that the incident
took place on December 29.
The doctor hit the patient in the
face after he “ kicked a nurse during a
procedure,” the investigators said.
“The cause of death of the victim
was trauma to the skull and brain
from hitting the back of the head on
the hard surface of the floor.”
Russian media named the doctor
as Ilya Zelendinov, a surgeon at the
hospital, and the patient as 56-year-
old Yevgeny Bakhtin.
Investigators said the doctor was
suspected of causing death through
negligence, for which he could ser ve
up to two years in jail.
He has been fired from his job
but remains free after signing a
declaration that he will not travel
during the investigation.
Investigators denied any delay,
saying they opened a criminal probe
the day after the incident, after the
hospital reported the death and a
post-mortem examination showed a
The relatively minor charge reflects
the fact there are “no grounds to say the
doctor wanted to murder the patient,”
investigators said. “If the victim had
stayed on his feet or hit his head on
a less hard surface, the consequences
would not have been so critical.”
Skvortsova has ordered the State
health watchdog to carry out a check
into the incident, State television
Russian medics have long operated
in a culture of secrecy, with patients
having little recourse to compensation
for medical errors.
Last year two Russians resorted to
taking guns to hospitals and shooting
dead doctors for perceived mistakes
in their treatment. Both killed
themselves at the scene. — AP
Doctor’s deadly punch caught on camera
Dust off your Oasis records, vinyl is
The long-obsolete black discs have
had a resurgence thanks to collectors,
audiophiles and hipsters.
According to music sales recorder
Nielsen, the format is now so popular
that in 2015 it made up 12% of all album
sales and was the fastest growing music
format in the United States.
In Britain, meanwhile, vinyl sales have
hit a 20-year high.
Ironically, the format that originally
forced vinyl to go the way of the dodo,
compact discs (CDs), is in decline.
Sales fell 31.5% in 2015, according to
the Recording Industry Association of
If the floor of the recent CES 2016
expo in Las Vegas is anything to go by,
sound and electronics manufacturers are
taking notice of the trend.
Amid the hype over virtual reality
headsets and Netflix’s world domination,
Sony and Audio-Technica announced
new record player turntables for the
modern vinyl lover.
A far cry from your grandfather’s creaky
music box, these sleek turntables not
only play vinyls but can record audio for
users to listen to their music elsewhere.
Audio product specialist for Sony
Australia Andrew Hughes said the
reason people still love vinyl records is
simple — they are art.
“One of my friends who buys vinyl told
me that he likes having a physical copy of
an album. He likes to collect music like
he collects art and books,” Hughes said.
“ Even the covers are like a piece of art.”
On his recent trip Down Under,
Elton John took time out from his busy
Australian tour to swing by a record store
in Sydney ’s Newtown to beef up his vinyl
If Elton John loves it, it could never go
out of style. — AAP
Riot police have broken up far-right
protesters in Cologne as they marched
against Germany’s open-door migration
The rally was held after asylum seekers
were identified as suspects in assaults on
women on New Year’s Eve.
The attacks, ranging from sexual
molestation to theft, shocked Germany,
which took in 1.1 million migrants and
refugees in 2015 under asylum laws
championed by Chancellor Angela
Merkel, despite fer vent opposition.
Shortly before yesterday ’s protest
began, Merkel hardened her stance
towards migrants, promising expulsion
for criminals and a reduction in migrant
numbers over the longer term to
Police said about 1700 people attended
the rally organised by the far-right anti-
Islam Pegida movement, which has
seized on the alleged involvement of
migrants in the Cologne attacks as proof
Merkel’s policy is flawed.
Demonstrators, some of whom bore
tattoos with far-right symbols such as a
skull in a German soldier’s helmet, had
chanted “Merkel must go” and “this is
the march of the national resistance”.
“Rapefugees not welcome,” one banner
Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans Against
the Islamisation of the West, almost
fizzled out last year when its leader
resigned after a photo was published of
him posing as Adolf Hitler.
But its ranks have swelled as resentment
spread of Merkel’s welcoming stance to
In all, about 1700 police officers were
on the streets of Cologne, dwarfing
the number on duty during the chaotic
scenes of New Year’s Eve when at least
120 women were robbed or sexually
About 1300 people attended a rival
left-wing protest in Cologne, according
“No means no. Keep away from our
bodies,” read one sign held by one of the
demonstrators, most of them women.
Merkel’s remarks were in stark contrast
to her earlier optimism about the influx
to Germany, which has taken in far
more migrants than any other European
Her “we can do it” slogan irritated
many Germans, uneasy about the mass
“The right to asylum can be lost if
someone is convicted, on probation or
jailed,” Merkel said after a meeting of the
leadership of her Christian Democrats
party that was overshadowed by the
attacks in Cologne and other cities.
“Serial offenders who repeatedly rob
or repeatedly affront women must feel
the full force of the law,” Merkel told
journalists in Mainz.
Under German law, asylum seekers are
now typically only deported if they have
been sentenced to at least three years in
prison, and providing their lives are not
at risk at home.
Merkel’s conser vative party said it
wanted to reduce and control migration
to Germany, and send those who had
been refused asylum home promptly.
Such a move would require a change to
Earlier last week, German federal
police said they had identified 32 people
who were suspected of playing a role in
the attacks on women on Cologne, 22
of whom were in the process of seeking
asylum in Germany.
They documented 76 criminal acts,
most of them involving some form
of theft, and seven linked to sexual
molestation. — Reuters
The infamous Playboy Mansion,
owned by Hugh Hefner, will be put
up for sale within the next month,
according to a report.
The 2.4ha Holmby Hills estate in
Los Angeles was built in 1927 and
has been the location of some of the
wildest Playboy parties thrown.
Editors at TMZ report the
mansion will be listed for sale
within the next month, and Playboy
Enterprises — the estate’s owner —
is looking to get about
$US200 million ($305.15 million)
for the property.
Real estate sources have told TMZ
the mansion will probably sell for
around $80-$90m, but the building
will most likely be torn down as the
value is in the land the mansion stands
However, there are reportedly some
strings attached to the sale of the
mansion. One is that whoever buys
the property is required to give Hugh
Hefner a life estate, meaning he
can continue to live there with wife
Crystal Harris until he dies.
Prospective buyers can view the
property once it goes up for sale, but
TMZ editors report that Hefner’s
bedroom is strictly off limits during
the house tour. — WENN
Playboy Mansion to be sold
The Playboy Mansion.
Lottery officials say no ticket has
matched all six Powerball numbers.
$949.8 million ($1.45 billion) jackpot
is expected to soar to $1.3 billion for
Wednesday ’s drawing.
The odds to win were one in 292.2
million, and the numbers drawn
were 32-16-19-57-34 and Powerball
Officials with the Multi-State
Lottery Association, which runs the
Powerball game, said they expected
about 75% of the possible number
combinations would have been
bought for Saturday night’s drawing.
Since November 4, the Powerball
jackpot has grown from its $40m
starting point as no one has won the
Powerball is played in 44 States as
well as the District of Columbia, US
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Earlier, Powerball announced the
six winning numbers for a record
jackpot of nearly $950m (just over
$1.37b), setting off a scramble among
hopeful lottery players across the
United States to check if they held a
The winning numbers — disclosed
live on television and on-line — were
16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball
number 13. All six numbers must
be correct to win, although the first
five can be in any order. Texas State
lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe
said it was too early to know if any
winning tickets were sold.
Cripe said the estimated size of the
jackpot reached $949.8m, the largest
lottery prize in US history. Earlier
in the day, the Multi-State Lottery
Association had said the jackpot was
The record jackpot lured an
unprecedented frenzy of purchases. If
no one matches all the numbers on
Saturday night, the next drawing is
expected to soar to $1.3b.
Attorney John Belferman of
Barnesville, Maryland, stopped in
to Continental Wine and Liquor in
downtown Washington to pick up a
ticket on Saturday afternoon. He will
take a break if he wins.
“If I don’t drop dead of a heart
attack, I’ll finish the work I’m doing
now and maybe take a vacation,” he
Belferman said he doesn’t have to
win the big jackpot.
“ I’m not greedy,” he said. “I ’ll take
Since November 4, the Powerball
jackpot has grown from its $40m
starting point as no one has won the
jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was
just what officials with the Multi-
State Lottery Association, which
runs the Powerball game, hoped for
last autumn when they changed the
odds of matching all the Powerball
numbers, from about one in 175
million to one in 292.2 million. By
making it harder to win a jackpot, the
tougher odds made the ever-larger
The US saw sales of $277m
on Friday alone and more than
$400m were expected on Saturday,
according to Gary Grief, the executive
director of the Texas Lottery.
The chance of no one hitting all five
initial numbers and the Powerball
number was growing slimmer, Grief
said, anticipating that about 75%
of all combinations will have been
bought. — AP
Powerball jackpots to record $1.3b
Tesla Motors said overnight it was
updating the Autopilot driving systems in
Model S sedans to put new limits on its
hands-free operation, which has been both
praised for its innovation and criticised for
having been launched too early.
The function will now be restricted
on residential roads or roads without
a center divider, Tesla said, meaning
that the car cannot drive faster than a
maximum of the speed limit plus 8kph.
When Autopilot launched in October,
chief executive Elon Musk cautioned the
hotly-anticipated function was in beta
mode, or a test phase of development,
with full “hands-off ” driving not
Still, a host of subsequent videos posted
by Tesla drivers on You Tube showed
near-misses on the road with Autopilot,
prompting Musk to say he would curb
the function to minimise the possibility
of people doing “crazy things.”
Tesla, the United States pioneer in
luxury electric cars charged by batteries,
was one of the first companies to offer
a steering system that could be operated
hands-free, one of the first steps to full
self-driving that industry experts believe
may be available by 2020.
The car is able to keep to its lane using
cameras, radars, GPS and mapping
functions, but glitches can sometimes
occur when roads are not clearly marked.
The company’s expertise in software
has allowed it to add the hands-free
functionality through a software update,
but critics have suggested the company
should have delayed the Autopilot
launch until it was perfect.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in
Las Vegas last week, the head of GM’s
global product development, Mark
Reuss, said his company would “never”
use over-the-air upgrades in safety-
critical systems like steering and braking.
Besides curtailing functionality on
residential roads, improvements have
been made to help the car better stay in
lanes even with faded lane markings, and
when passing ex its.
In cruise control mode, the car will
now anticipate highway exits by slowing
down if you have activated your turn
signal, Tesla said. — Reuters
function in cars
Pope Francis calls in a new book
for Roman Catholic leaders to be
compassionate shepherds to a “wounded
humanity”, not lofty scholars quick to
condemn and exclude people who do
not obey Church teachings.
The book, The Name of God is Mercy,
breaks no new ground but is a compelling
restatement of the themes of Francis’s
papacy told in simple, breezy language in
a freewheeling conversation with veteran
Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.
In the 150-page book, Francis also
repeats his often-quoted “who am I to
judge?” statement about homosexuals,
saying that “people should not be defined
only by their sexual identities”.
The question-and-answer book, to be
released tomorrow, coincides with the
Jubilee Year of Mercy, during which the
world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics are
called on to seek forgiveness and forgive.
In his first book aimed at a general
readership, Pope Francis appears to
chastise conser vatives in the Church,
saying they are undermining mercy in
the name of doctrine.
“The Church does not exist to condemn
people but to bring about an encounter
with the visceral love of God’s mercy,” he
said, adding that “humanity is wounded,
The Argentinian Pope, who has called
for the Church to reach out more to
people on the margins of society, the
suffering and victims of injustice, has
faced stiff resistance from conser vatives
in the Vatican who fear that he is
undermining traditional teachings on
In particular, he wants the Church to
show more compassion for homosexuals
as well as for Catholics who divorced and
remarried outside the Church and are
thus banned from receiving communion.
In his answer to the one question about
homosexuals, Pope Francis defends
his now-famous “who am I to judge?”
remark, made in 2013, saying he was
paraphrasing existing Church teaching.
“Before all else comes the individual
person, in his wholeness and dignity.
People should not be defined only by
their sexual tendencies: let us not forget
that God loves all his creatures and we
are destined to receive his infinite love,”
Rather than making homosexuals
feel isolated or abandoned, he said he
preferred “that they stay close to the Lord,
and that we pray all together”. — Reuters
Pope outlines new
Church vision in book
Spain’s Princess Cristina
faces tax trial
Visits to the palm-dotted
Mediterranean island of Mallorca
for Spain’s Princess Cristina used
to mean luxurious stays at the
seaside Marivent Palace — but
the sister of King Felipe VI will
not get anywhere near the royal
family’s official summer residence
in a trip this week.
princess and her husband are set
to face anti-monarchy protesters
and hordes of media as they enter
a makeshift courtroom and she
makes history in front of millions
of Spanish television viewers as
the first royal family member to
face criminal charges since the
monarchy was restored in 1975.
Following the tax fraud trial
expected to last six months, the
princess could face up to eight
years in prison if a three-member
panel of judges agrees the couple
abused a real estate consulting
firm described in court papers as
a “front company ” to bankroll a
lavish lifestyle — including parties
at their modernist Barcelona
mansion, salsa dancing classes and
vacations at expensive hotels.
Cristina and her husband,
Urdangarin, will sit in the dock
alongside 16 others in the
case centring on allegations
Urdangarin used his D uke of
Palma title to embezzle about six
million euros ($10.01 million) in
public contracts through the Noos
Institute. It was the non-profit
foundation he set up to broker
seminars and sports events as a
The alleged scheming involved
some events that did not happen
or were billed at unusually high
rates at the height of Spain’s
economic boom before the
onset of the financial crisis in
2008. Some money went to the
Aizoon real estate company that
paid for personal expenses for
the couple — a perk they should
have declared as an income to tax
authorities but allegedly did not.
The suspects stand accused of
being “greedy in a time when it
wasn’t seen as being that bad,”
Ana Romero, royalty reporter for
the El Espanol digital publication
said. — AP
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