NATO's Afghan move
Nato countries are considering keeping up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, the date when foreign combat forces were due to leave the war-torn country.
In what was the first official indication of how many foreign troops would remain on the ground after the handover to local forces, the Pentagon said yesterday that a number of between 8,000 and 12,000 was under discussion at a NATO meeting in Brussels.
Wartime statue unsold
A long-forgotten World War Two statue expected to sell for close to $2m (€1.5m) has been passed on by buyers at a New York City auction.
Bonhams Maritime Art Department sales specialist Gregg Dietrich says an original cast of the famous 1945 flag-raising at Iwo Jima went unsold yesterday.
Three potential buyers stopped the bidding at $950,000, below the undisclosed minimum sale price.
A TOP architect has condemned the willingness of his rivals to "build gleaming streets for despots".
Daniel Libeskind, who designed Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre but is most famous for historically and culturally sensitive projects like the Jewish Museum in Berlin, said beautiful architecture was no excuse for working with "morally questionable" clients. "Even if they produce gleaming towers, if they are morally questionable, I'm not interested," he said in an outspoken interview with 'The Architects' Journal'.
Stranded penguin dies
A penguin found stranded on a New Zealand beach more than 1,000 miles from its home has died. The royal penguin was found on Sunday by hikers. It was emaciated and suffering kidney failure.
The bird was taken to Wellington Zoo, but vets were unable to save it. It was only the fourth time in the past 100 years that a royal penguin has been found on the North Island of New Zealand. They generally live around Macquarie Island, about half-way between the country and Antarctica.
Prayer meeting ban
Muslim students at a London university have had their weekly Friday prayer meeting on campus shut down because they refused to allow staff members to view and authorise their sermons before delivery.
City University ordered the students to submit their weekly khutbah sermon in advance so that staff could check "the quality and appropriateness of what is being delivered".