North Korea’s ‘dear leader’ Kim Jong-Il has reportedly died of fatigue in a train carriage. The New York Times reported: Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession. Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.
She was just 28 years old and passed away two days ago from breast cancer. Eva was diagnosed last year at the age of 27. Eva Ekvall was the winner of Miss Venezuela and a finalist in the Miss Universe contest. “Sadly, cancer had the last word,” her management said. The SMH reported: The former beauty queen, who wrote a book after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, used her public profile to raise awareness of the disease. “In Venezuela we invest a lot of money in looking beautiful and not in health care,” the former model said. “There’s a huge taboo around breast cancer. But in this country people get their boobs done every day, so I don’t understand how breast cancer can be a problem when everybody’s showing their breasts.”
Sales are struggling and stores that aren’t performing are being dealt with. That’s the new reality for department store Myer as it announced stores in Tuggeranong (ACT) and Forest Hill in Melbourne would close next year. Two more stores in Wollongong and Dandenong Plaza in Melbourne also might go. Other stores would reduce in either size or offerings to cope with sales forecasts. But more stores would open in boom areas,
The final four convoys of American soldiers have left Iraq, crossing over the Kuwait border early Sunday morning. It’s the scene that backs up announcements made by the President last week. Barack Obama has previously announced the end of the war but left troops in place to continue vital work. Until now. The only troops who remain are a handful at the Baghdad embassy. At one time there were 170,000 troops in Iraq. The war, which began in 2003 with the ‘shock and awe’ campaign of missile fire has cost $800 billion and resulted in the loss of 100,000 Iraqi lives and 4500 American troops.