Every year there’s a couple of films that make me want to blockade the multiplex, and shout at the queues to forget about what-ever over-produced under-souled rubbish they’re about to pay for, and go see a complete gem instead.
Six weeks after NATO bombs began pounding Libya, Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, Seif al-Arab, 29, and three of the Libyan leader’s grandchildren were killed in an air strike near Gaddafi’s house late Saturday, government officials said.
“The greatest expectations were placed upon Ted Kennedy’s shoulders because of who he was,” observed President Barack Obama in his eulogy, “but he surpassed them all because of who he became.” Thus did a sitting President honor the man who never became one, acknowledging that power is wielded in many ways. It was fitting that, in a church famous for its healing miracles, the funeral service was a celebration of private love, for the scarred and broken family he held together; of personal strength in the face of “a string of events that would have broken a lesser man”; and of a public life spent in merry battle. “While his causes became deeply personal, his disagreements never did,” Obama declared.
A Dutch court placed a 13-year-old girl into temporary custody on Friday after her parents insisted on supporting her bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo. Laura Dekker, an avid sailor who was reportedly born on a yacht during her parents’ own round-the-world trip, told Dutch television before the court handed down its decision that she simply wanted to “learn about the world and to live freely.” “The crucial question is whether it is wrong for parents to allow their child to indulge in her passion,” the Dekkers’ lawyer told Radio Netherlands.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il tapped his son to join the powerful National Defense Commission — a move analysts say makes the latter the heir apparent, South Korean state media said. “Kim Jong-un had been appointed to a low-level post, called ‘instructor’ at the National Defense Commission days before the first session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly meeting was held,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a source. CNN was not able to independently confirm the report.
A couple of years ago, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas declared that it was time to undertake "an audit of my life." Now, at the age of 92, he’s going public with the results.