Songbirds to soar at awards

A potential superstar of Thursday’s 2013 Pacific Music Awards is in a race against time to get back to New Zealand for the ceremony. Aaradhna, who has received a record five nominations, is in the US doing press and publicity to coincide with the release of her single Wake Up, on Republic Records.

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Prison guards suspended over ‘copter escape

Greek officials have suspended eight prison guards after two inmates staged a dramatic helicopter escape, the Greek Ministry of Justice said Tuesday. The guards who were suspended include two head guards, the Justice Ministry said. Officials suspended them while investigating their possible involvement in the escape, the ministry said

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Why Chemical Warfare Is Ancient History

The prospect of chemical and biological warfare in this age of anthrax scares and WMD can feel — like the threat of nuclear Armageddon before it — like a uniquely modern terror. But a British archaeologist’s recent find offers a reminder that chemical weapons are nothing new — in fact, they are nearly 2,000 years old. Simon James, a researcher at the University of Leicester in the U.K., claims to have found the first physical evidence of chemical weaponry, dating from a battle fought in A.D

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