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World's tallest tower opens

THE world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

Nearly 8,000 visitors are expected to take high-speed lifts up to the observation decks of the 634m tower to mark its opening.

It is recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating the Canton Tower in China, which is 600m.

The Sky Tree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio, along with being a tourist attraction.

Sheen's ex-wife avoids jail term

Charlie Sheen's former wife has received a deferred judgment in a drug case in Aspen, Colorado, which means her record will be cleared if she lives up to the terms of a one-year probation.

Brooke Mueller pleaded guilty in March to felony drug possession of four grams or less of cocaine. The charge stemmed from her arrest on December 3 after another woman reported being assaulted at a nightclub.

Student bus crash kills 12

A bus carrying students on a pre-graduation trip toppled off a mountain cliff in southern Albania, killing 12 people and injuring another 21.

University officials said two buses had been taking 75 third-year language and literature students and three professors from Aleksander Xhuvani University in the city of Elbasan on a trip to the southern city of Saranda.

One bus carrying 33 people fell 80 yards off the road near the town of Himare, 137 miles south of the capital Tirana, police spokeswoman Klejda Plangarica said.

Gaga gets okay for Manila gig

Lady Gaga has received the go-ahead to put on a second concert in the Philippines after authorities in Manila decided her first show did not break the law.

The pop diva thrilled fans at her sold-out show, but some Christians in the Philippines have been protesting against her concerts and accused her of promoting immorality.

Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto says Lady Gaga did not exhibit nudity or abuse religion.