In brief: Houses for rent at just A$1 a week
AN Australian rural community that is desperate to encourage new families to move in and revitalise the area is offering to rent farm houses to interested families for just one Australian dollar (72c) a week.
The hamlet of Trundle, 215 miles northwest of Sydney, has a population of 380.
Kray brothers' art fetches big prices
SEVEN paintings by the notorious gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray from London's East End sold at auction yesterday for more than £3,000 (€3,460).
The paintings had been expected to fetch between £200 and £300 each when they went under the hammer in Lincoln, England.
Ban on free toys with junk food
SAN Francisco has become the first major American city to pass a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children.
The Californian city's Board of Supervisors passed the law on an eight-to-three vote. It will take effect on December 1 next year.
Man executed for killing girl's lover
A MAN condemned to death for killing his daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend in rural Alabama in 1987 has been executed.
Phillip Hallford (63) was pronounced dead at Holman Prison a few minutes after the lethal injection was administered. He had no final words.
Fry lashes out at journalists
STEPHEN Fry has compared agreeing to being interviewed by journalists to consenting to "being mugged, raped or burgled" after a row over remarks he made about women's sexuality.
The gay TV presenter came under fire last month after he was quoted claiming that the only reason women slept with men was because: "Sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship."
Hunger strike enters 10th year
A WOMAN opposed to sweeping powers granted to the military in north-eastern India has now spent 10 years on hunger strike. Irom Sharmila was arrested after she began to refuse food and water on November 4, 2000 in protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
She is alive today because Manipur state authorities have been force-feeding her through her nose. She began her hunger strike after soldiers gunned down 10 civilians near a bus stop.