In brief: 'Sorrowful Songs' composer dies
POLISH composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, famous for his 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', including one about a woman who was held prisoner by the Gestapo, died yesterday following a serious illness. He was 76.
Gorecki was best known internationally for his Symphony No 3, Opus 36, for a soprano and orchestra -- the 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' -- which was published in the United States in 1992. It later became a best-selling recording, reaching the top of the classical music charts in both the US and the UK.
'Mercy killing' appeal fails
A mother who claims she acted out of compassion when she ended her son's life with a lethal injection must serve five years in prison because the law does not recognise mercy killing, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled.
Frances Inlgis (58), from Dagenham, east London, failed in her bid to overturn a conviction for murder after injecting her brain-damaged son Tom (22) with a fatal dose of heroin in 2008 after he was left in a vegetative state following an accident. But three judges yesterday reduced the minimum term before she can apply for parole from nine years to five.
Elton John tipped for festive No 1
A cover of Elton John's 1970 single 'Your Song' has been tipped as a contender for the Christmas number one after John Lewis selected it as the soundtrack to their new ad campaign.
Bookmaker William Hill has placed odds at 10/1 on the song, covered by Brit Award winner Ellie Goulding, taking the top spot in the pop charts.
Baby koala shot and left for dead
A baby koala is recovering in a zoo hospital after being shot and left for dead.
The joey, nicknamed Frodo by veterinary staff, was found severely wounded next to its dead mother -- also riddled with shotgun pellets -- in a forest at Jimna on the northern Sunshine Coast last week.
Fears over cancer detection rates
Almost a quarter of all cancers in England are detected when patients go to hospital in an emergency, claims a national audit.
The National Cancer Intelligence Network said 23pc of all cancer cases went undetected until the emergency admission stage. Pensioners and the poor were most at risk of having their cancer diagnosed late. The detection rate is even worse among those sufferers of brain tumours or acute leukaemia.