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A volcanic eruption has raised an
island in the seas to the far south of
Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and
earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and
the Japan Meteorological Agency said
the islet is about 200m in diameter. It
is just o the coast of Nishinoshima,
a small, uninhabited island in the
Ogasawara chain, which is also known
as the Bonin Islands.
e approximately 30 islands are
1000km south of Tokyo, and along
with the rest of Japan are part of the
seismically active Paci c "Ring of
e coast guard issued an advisory
on Wednesday warning of heavy black
smoke from the eruption. Television
footage seen on ursday showed
heavy smoke, ash and rocks exploding
from the crater, as steam billowed into
A vulcanologist with the coast guard,
Hiroshi Ito, told the FNN news
network that it was possible the new
island might be eroded away.
"But it also could remain
permanently," he said.
e last time the volcanos in the
area are known to have erupted was in
the mid-1970s. Much of the volcanic
activity occurs under the sea, which
extends thousands of metres deep
along the Izu-Ogasawara-Marianas
Japan's chief government spokesman
welcomed the news of yet another bit,
however tiny, of new territory.
" is has happened before and in
some cases the islands disappeared,"
Yoshihide Suga said when asked if the
government was planning on naming
the new island.
"If it becomes a full- edged island,
we would be happy to have more
e Japanese archipelago has
thousands of islands. In some
cases, they help anchor claims to
wide expanses of ocean overlying
potentially lucrative energy and
Japan has plans to build port facilities
and transplant fast-growing coral
fragments onto Okinotorishima,
two rocky outcroppings even further
south of Tokyo, to boost its claim in a
territorial dispute with China. --- AP
Volcano raises new island south of Japan
Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island o the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited
island, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands.
One of Britain's longest and
most bitter divorce battles has
culminated with a High Court
judge branding a well-connected
millionaire a liar and his ex-wife
a conspiracy theorist.
Far from being "penniless
and hopelessly bankrupt", as
he had claimed, Scot Young,
51, was worth £40 million
($79.33 million) and his
estranged wife Michelle Young,
49, should get half of it, Judge
Philip Moor ruled.
" is case has been quite
extraordinary even by the
standards of the most bitter of
matrimonial breakdowns," Moor
wrote in his ruling on Saturday,
noting that it had taken over six
years and 65 court hearings to
come to trial.
e case has made headlines
in Britain because of the size
of the claims and the fact that
Scot Young has enjoyed nancial
help from high-pro le friends
including Philip Green, the
billionaire owner of the Topshop
Michelle Young has run up
legal bills of £6.5m, while Scot
Young has served six months in
jail for failing to provide full and
frank disclosure of his assets.
e pair were married for 17
years until 2006 and enjoyed
a lavish lifestyle of mansions,
jet-setting holidays and gifts
of diamond jewellery funded
by Scot Young's investments in
property, technology and start-
It all fell apart when the
marriage breakdown coincided
with what the husband described
as a total meltdown of his business
empire that left him "penniless
and hopelessly bankrupt" with
unpaid debts of £28m.
e judge said it was impossible
to know the full truth of his
nancial position due to "the
signi cant number of lies told by
the husband to so many people
over such a long period".
He ordered Young to pay his
ex-wife a lump sum of £20m
within 28 days.
Michelle Young maintains
the meltdown was a ction
speci cally designed to hide
her ex-husband's wealth and
deprive her and the couple's
two daughters of their rightful
share --- a version of events also
rejected by the judge.
everywhere," he wrote.
A furious Michelle Young
branded the ruling "disgraceful".
"I stand by what I said. He's
worth billions," she said outside
the court. She also issued a
written statement in which she
called her ex-husband a "maniac".
Television's most famous Time
Lord popped up simultaneously
in nearly 100 countries on
Saturday --- in a special 50th
anniversary episode of the BBC's
cult sci- series Doctor Who.
Fittingly, for a two-hearted,
time-travelling alien who
reincarnates every time he
su ers a fatal mishap, the Doctor
appeared in the show as three
versions of himself: the current
one, played by Matt Smith, and
previous ones embodied by David
Tennant and John Hurt.
e episode was screened in
more than 1500 cinemas from
Australia to Mexico in what
the BBC said was probably the
largest simulcast of a tv drama in
A repeat of the episode was
shown in Australia on ABC1 at
7.30pm yesterday. It preceded the
historical special Dr Who: An
Adventure in Space and Time.
Exactly 50 years after the
rst episode was broadcast on
November 23, 1963, Doctor Who
show runner Steven Mo att said
the anniversary special would
deliver an "emotional wallop" to
millions of fans worldwide.
"It's the most ambitious episode
we've ever done," he said.
e 75-minute special kicked
o with Smith dangling from his
Tardis spaceship --- which has the
form of a vintage British police
telephone box --- as it ew over
Traditional Doctor Who villains
such as the Daleks and the
Zygons also made an appearance,
as did England's 16th century
Queen Elizabeth I.
Hurt was introduced as an
incarnation of the doctor in an
episode in May, while Tennant
played the role between 2005 and
Doctor Who is the world's
longest-running science ction
series, according to the Guinness
Book of World Records, and has
been sold by the BBC to more
than 200 territories around the
e anniversary episode was
broadcast in 3D in cinemas from
Russia and Brazil to Spain and
Sweden, as well as on British
Smith is to quit the show in
a special Christmas episode,
meaning another reincarnation
that will usher in Scottish actor
Peter Capaldi, best known for
playing a foul-mouthed spin
doctor in the BBC satire e
ick Of It.
ere have been a string of
events to mark the programme's
50th year, including a three-
day convention in London this
weekend attended by some
United States search giant
Google also got into the act by
changing its web page banner
to feature cartoony images of a
Dalek and the various doctors.
Doctor Who turns 50 in style
PICTURE: Getty Images
Former doctors from the classic series Doctor Who: Tom Baker (1974-1981), left, Peter Davison (1981-
1984), Colin Baker (1984-1986), Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989, 1996) and current Doctor Matt Smith
(2010-present) pose at the Doctor Who 50th celebration in London.
World leaders have hailed a "historic"
nuclear deal with Iran as a triumph for
diplomacy, but cautioned that the hard
work was only just beginning to keep
Tehran from building a bomb.
Iran agreed to curb its nuclear
programme for the next six months in
exchange for limited sanctions relief,
in a preliminary accord meant to lay
the foundations for a more permanent,
comprehensive agreement later this
e deal was reached in marathon talks
in Geneva that ended yesterday before
dawn after long tractions between Iran
and the ve permanent members of the
United Nations Security Council plus
Tehran's arch-foe Israel slammed the
deal as a "historic mistake" that left open
the capability for the Islamic republic to
develop a nuclear arsenal.
But the six powers involved hailed it as
a key rst step that for now warded o
the prospect of military escalation --- a
geopolitical breakthrough that would
have been unthinkable only months ago.
"Today, the United States together
with our close allies and partners
took an important rst step toward a
comprehensive solution that addresses
our concerns with the Islamic Republic of
Iran's nuclear programme," US President
Barack Obama said in Washington.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
said the deal "could turn out to be the
beginnings of a historic agreement" for
the Middle East.
Tehran boasted at home that the
accord recognised its "right" to enrich
uranium --- which it says is for peaceful
purposes --- but Western leaders said the
deal made no such reference.
Under the deal, Tehran will limit
uranium enrichment --- the area that
raises most suspicions over Iran's alleged
nuclear weapons drive --- to low levels
that can only be used for civilian energy
It will neutralise its stockpile of
uranium enriched to higher 20%
purity --- very close to weapons-grade
--- within six months, US Secretary of
State John Kerry said in Geneva after
clinching the deal.
Iran will not add to its stockpile of
low-enriched uranium, nor install
more centrifuges or commission the
Arak heavy-water reactor, which could
produce plutonium ssile material.
UN atomic inspectors will also have
Kerry said overnight, including daily
site inspections at the two enrichment
facilities of Fordo and Natanz.
In exchange, the Islamic republic
will receive some $US7 billion ($8.55
billion) in sanctions relief and the powers
promised to impose no new embargo
measures for six months if Tehran sticks
to the accord.
But the vast raft of international
sanctions that have badly hobbled the
Iranian economy will remain untouched.
e interim sanctions relief was
"limited, temporary, targeted, and
reversible", the White House said,
stressing that "the vast bulk of our
sanctions, including the oil, nance, and
banking sanctions architecture" will stay
in place. --- AFP
A British academic believes she has
identi ed from ancient texts the actual
site of the elusive Hanging Gardens
of Babylon. It is the only one of the
Seven Wonders of the World whose
location has remained undiscovered for
Dr Stephanie Dalley of Oxford
University focused her search hundreds
of kilometres from the site of ancient
Babylon --- now near Hillah in Iraq --- to
support her theory that the lush marvel
was built near the city of Nineveh, in the
north of the country.
She found evidence in early
writings the gardens were built not
by the Babylonians and their king
Nebuchadnezzar, as previously thought,
but by their neighbours and foes
the Assyrians, under their monarch
Sennacherib, about 2700 years ago.
Sennacherib's capital, Nineveh, is near
modern-day Mosul, a part of Iraq still
wracked by religious and ethnic violence.
Although Dalley went to the region this
autumn, it was too dangerous to visit the
However, using maps, she directed a
local lm crew with an armed escort to
the area, next to the ruins of the king's
palace, to survey it on her behalf. eir
footage showed a vast mound of rubble,
looking out on to modern housing and
open countryside beyond. Dalley said:
" at's the best place for it to be. It looks
like a good place for a garden."
e lm is the result of more than 20
years' research by Dalley, of Oxford's
Oriental Institute, to prove the gardens'
location. With no archaeological
evidence ever found, many dismissed
them as a myth. Knowledge of the
gardens is based on a few accounts,
written hundreds of years after they
were said to have been built and by
people who never saw them.
One account claims they were created
by King Nebuchadnezzar, 600 years
before the birth of Christ, at Babylon,
as a paradise in the desert for his wife
who missed the green mountains of her
home. However, in the writings of the
time, including Nebuchadnezzar's own
texts, there is no mention of a garden
and more than a century of digging has
Dalley directed her own research north
after decoding an ancient cuneiform
text --- the wedge-shaped script of the
Babylonian and Assyrian Empires ---
that led her to believe the gardens had
been attributed to the wrong location,
the wrong man and wrong period.
e academic, one of a handful of
people in the world who can read
cuneiform, found a reference to the
gardens on the Taylor Prism at the
British Museum. It describes the life
of Sennacherib, who lived 100 years
before Nebuchadnezzar and ruled an
empire stretching from southern Turkey
to modern-day Israel. It also describes
a palace and gardens the king built as a
"wonder for all people".
Further support for the theory comes
from a bas-relief from Nineveh, now in
the British Museum, which shows his
palace complex and a garden featuring
trees on terraces and plants hanging
Because Nineveh is so far from
Babylon, the evidence was overlooked.
However, Dalley found that the
Assyrians later conquered Babylon and
their capital became known as "New
Babylon", possibly accounting for the
confusion over the names.
e ancient wonders.---
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus,
Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.
Mausoleum at Helicarnassus,
Colossus of Rhodes, Greece.
Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq.
Hanging Gardens may not be Babylon's
An impression of the Hanging
Gardens of Babylon.
More than half a million Christmas
lights have been switched on in
Canberra, smashing a Guinness world
record for the largest number on one
e Richards family in Forrest have
turned on more than 500,000 lights,
eclipsing the 346,283 displayed by a
family in LaGrangeville, New York.
David Richards said last night the
e ort was aimed at raising funds for
SIDS and Kids ACT.
He said the cause was one "very
close to our hearts" since SIDS
counsellors had helped his family
through the devastation of losing a
e money they raise from gold
coin donations will help pay for more
e lights, all 502,165, include
multi-coloured streamers, icicles,
candy canes, reindeer and a Christmas
Richards said he and his wife and
three children loved the spectacle of
Christmas and the catching up with
neighbours and friends that went with
having an open house.
Last year they raised $78,000.
Canberra home shatters
Christmas lights record
Part of the Richards family Christmas lights display in Forrest, Canberra.
A Yemeni wedding ended
in disaster after a guest ring
celebratory shots in the air with
his AK-47 accidentally killed
two men while they were dancing
to pop hit "Gangnam Style",
according to a police source and
a video posted on-line.
e police source said the guest
at the wedding in the southern
city of Taiz lost control of his
ri e, leading to the deaths. Two
other people were being treated
A video circulating on the web
purportedly shows the incident,
which happened late last week.
Its authenticity could not be
immediately veri ed.
e footage shows a man
shooting a gun in the air and then
starting to dance with several
other guests to the hit song.
e rattle of gun re is then
heard and when the camera pans
down, bodies are seen lying in
pools of blood.--- Reuters
Two shot dead at wedding dance
He may still be strutting about on
stage giving his fans Satisfaction
--- but at 70 the Rolling Stones'
frontman Mick Jagger is about to
become a great-grandfather.
e British singer's grand-
daughter Assisi, 21, is due to give
birth early in the new year, her
mother Jade Jagger con rmed
"It is true. I am going to be
a grandmother," the 42-year-
old socialite told Sunday Times
e Rolling Stones marked their
50th anniversary last year with
huge stadium shows in Britain and
Despite all being old enough
to collect their pensions, they
announced last week a fresh tour
in Australia and New Zealand for
Jagger has seven children by four
di erent mothers.
Jade is his only daughter with his
rst wife, the Nicaraguan model
and human rights campaigner
Bianca Jagger, whom he wed in
1971 and divorced eight years
e baby will be Assisi's rst child
with her boyfriend Alex, a chef, the
Sunday Times said.
e veteran English rockers will
kick o their Australian tour in
March at the new Adelaide Oval.
It will be the rst time they have
performed in Adelaide since April
"It's great to be invited to Adelaide
to open the historic Oval," Jagger
said in a video posted to fans on
e Rolling Stones --- made up
of Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith
Richards and Charlie Watts ---
are expected to announce more
Australian tour dates in the next
few weeks. --- AFP
Rescuers have saved a dog trapped
nearly a week down a gigantic arti cial
crater known as "Big Hole" in central
e canine explorer survived a
dizzying plunge down the 200m hole in
Kimberley in Northern Cape province,
managing to swim across the lake at the
bottom and take refuge on one of its
Kimberley's main tourist attraction,
"Big Hole" is a former diamond mine
owned by the De Beers group and is
claimed to be the world's largest hand-
Local media reported step-by-step on
the ve-hour operation to rescue the
e animal was "doing well", rescue
service spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson
said after it was brought to safety, with
a local pet association on scene to make
sure it was not injured.
"It was moving around.
"It was running around and all that, so
it doesn't seem that it was injured. It was
probably hungry and dehydrated," she
A team of seven went down into the
vast crater, providing support to one
another as the last man managed to get
the dog, she said.
"We cannot con rm when the dog fell,
it was apparently about seven days ago.
at's what people say. It was spotted
by a tourist who was at the Big Hole on
ere has been no contact yet from the
"It has been two days of talking about
the dog and nobody came for ward at
all," she said. --- AFP
Dog saved from 'Big Hole' Mick Jagger to become great-grandfather
PICTURE: Getty Images
e 'Big Hole' in Kimberley, from
where the dog was rescued.
e Israeli cabinet has approved
measures aimed at deporting thousands
of Africans who illegally entered the
country and who are perceived by it as a
threat to its Jewish character.
A statement from the prime minister's
o ce said that beyond the measures,
which include a crackdown on employers
and nancial incentives for home-bound
Africans, the Interior Ministry has drafted
a bill that would enable it to detain illegal
migrants for a year without trial.
e new bill, which will be brought
before parliament tonight for an initial
hearing and vote, was formulated after
a previous law from 2012 allowing the
three-year detainment without trial
of illegals was overturned by Israel's
supreme court in September. --- AFP
Israel looks to deport African migrants
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