Vicar sparks row over smoking ad
A RELIGIOUS campaign in Sydney, Australia, has been criticised for playing down the effects of smoking with billboards outside churches saying: "Smoking won't kill you in the next life. Sin will."
"Better to be a smoker that goes to heaven than a person who doesn't smoke and falls under the judgment of God," the Rev Andrew Bruce said, but Anne Jones of Action on Smoking and Health said: "I think it's better to be alive than be dead and not be able to deal with anything."
Teen survives as parachute fails
A STUDENT who ended up stuck in a leafy tree after falling 3,000ft (914m) when his parachute failed to open on his very first jump was "very fortunate", firefighters have said.
Liam Byrne (18) from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, walked away from the tree near Shotton Colliery, Co Durham, virtually uninjured after his horror fall in which he narrowly missed a church, a metal fence.
Pandas were on ancient menus
CHINA'S beloved national symbol, the endangered panda, of which only 1,600 remain in the wild, may have been seen quite differently by ancient humans -- as food.
Scientist Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate pandas in an area that is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
Gunmen kill seven in attack on house
GUNMEN shot dead seven people in a house east of the Philippine capital of Rodriguez in an attack possibly linked to drugs.
The house owner, his wife and five other people suffered gunshot wounds to the head, police said, adding that the owner was previously jailed for drug-related offences. The gunmen spared the couple's two children, aged 10 and 13.
Chinese the top luxury spenders
CHINESE shoppers have set a new record for sales of personal luxury items.
A new study says they have become the top luxury buyers responsible for 25pc of global purchases. Europeans contributed 24pc to global sales, Americans 20pc and Japanese 14pc.
Rolling Stones back on the road
THE Rolling Stones have confirmed their first live shows for five years with four gigs, including two in London.
Frontman Mick Jagger told BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans that the band would play a small number of shows this year before a longer series of dates.