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US army ban on gays lifted

US politicians have voted to repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" and allow gay people to serve openly in the military.

The House of Representatives vote came several hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee took the same course and approved a measure repealing the policy that forbids service by gays who openly acknowledge their sexual orientation.

The House vote was a victory for President Barack Obama, who had pushed for a change in the military policy, and for gay rights groups.

Stars' adviser 'stole €24m'

a financial adviser who has worked for actors Wesley Snipes, and Sylvester Stallone and director Martin Scorsese has been charged with stealing $30m (f24m) from clients.

Kenneth Starr (66) of Manhattan, was said to have hidden behind coats in a closet at his home when agents came to arrest him.

Starr's alleged victims include a well-known philanthropist, an actress, an heiress and a prominent jeweller.

Whaling threat to Japanese

Australia says it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.

The pledge was made by Environment minister Peter Garrett and attorney general Robert McClelland.

Japan avoids an international ban on commercial whaling by arguing that it harpoons hundreds of whales each year for scientific research.