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World TOUGH TALK: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi said Iran was ready for the “decisive battle” against Washington and Tel Aviv and would strike all the US bases if it came under attack. He stressed that Iran had prepared itself for such a final battle against the US, FarsNews.com reported. TWIN MIRACLE: DNA tests had proven two women adoption from South Korea but who reconnected 26 years later via the internet were identical twins. One grew up in Paris, while the other was raised in New Jersey - both unaware they had a twin sister, Telegraph.co.uk reported. One saw the other online and noticed a resemblance.

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NASTY SHOCK: Three sisters were in shock after discovering just weeks after buying the 5-Star supermarket at Banyo that Woolworths planned to build and occupy a huge shopping complex just down the road. “They can clean us out,” oldest sister Alice Fernandes told NorthernLife.com.au. “We sell the same things.” The sisters planned to fight the development.

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Siblings (three of whom live in northeast Brisbane) Sign up to our who are grand-nieces and nephews of WWI VC newsletter service. Scan Me! Patrick Bugden visit his Alstonville, NSW, memorial. FINE ANGER: Parents at Virginia State School were celebrating changed parking rules after they protested to council over predatory inspector raids. “We felt that council was gouging parents and issuing fines whenever they saw an opportunity where they knew parking would be stretched,” parent Felicity Moore said. Read the full report at NorthernLife.com.au.

THERE are 8.5 million adults in England and Northern Ireland with the numeracy levels of a 10-year-old. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries, an OECD study revealed. BRIDE TRAGEDY: A newlywed in the US state of Utah died after her parachute failed to open in a mountain jump. Amber Bellows, 28, fell about 600m from Mount Kinesava in Zion National Park. She had been hiking in the area with her husband, Clayton Butler, two weeks after they married, BBC News reported.

RUGBY PRIDE: Chests were puffed out at Norths Junior Eagles with 10 of its under-15s picked for the elite Junior Gold Cup, which started on Friday. But only one under-17 made the program, in part because five of their best, who attend St Patrick’s, Shorncliffe, were sidelines by the school to keep them safe before the AIC comp, NorthernLife.com.au reported.

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Entertainment INXS TOPS CHARTS: Two albums by INXS had taken top-10 spots in the Aria albums chart, with the Australian rockers’ The Very Best collection rising to No 1. The album jumped three spots to take the top spot after the airing of the first part of Seven Network’s INXS mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story. MEANWHILE ... The half-sister of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence slammed the telemovie and took a swipe at the other band members, saying, “Michael could’ve stood in front of any five guys and made them look good”. Tina Hutchence said she was angry and sad because “it’s a complete fabrication of our family”.

Did You Know? POP performer Madonna was the world's highest-earning celebrity in 2012-13, raking in $US125 million, ahead of Steven Spielberg at $US100 million. Source: Fairfax

DRUG DEMONS: Drug addicted Olympic silver medallist Scott Miller told the Nine Network time in custody had made him look at where his life was going. The former swimmer avoided jail last month for drug possession but spent time on remand. He said he had been hooked on ice but denied he was a drug dealer.

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World MILLIONS FOUND: The Philippine government had recovered more than $US29 million from the Swiss accounts of Ferdinand Marcos, 28 years after the late dictator was toppled. Authorities had recovered more than $US4 billion from an estimated $US5-10 billion amassed by the Marcoses during the dictator's 20-year rule. BEAR EATS BAG - DIES: A German polar bear, 25, died after eating a bag and jacket, which had been dropped in his zoo enclosure. Anton had been sick for days before staff saw him coughing up of fabric. They made him vomit up more pieces of the coat and bag but it was too late to save him, DailyMail.co.uk reported.

Odd Spot ALMOST 10% of electricity in the US over the past 15 years has come from about 20,000 dismantled nuclear bombs, mostly from Russia. Source: Gizmodo.com

SPY JAILED: Former American navy sailor Robert Hoffman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted espionage against the US. Prosecutors said Hoffman used a drop site to leave encrypted thumb drives containing answers to questions posed to him by US investigators posing as Russian agents, UPI.com reported.

Odd Spot BRITISH women spent 59 days of their lives shaving their legs, a study found. And 35% of women polled said it was their least favourite beauty chore. The second most detested was hairstyling, with eyebrow plucking third.

Northern Life NUNDAH HOLD-UP: Police on Sunday (February 16) grilled three men over an armed robbery at a Nundah hotel the night before in which a female staffer was hurt. Cash and guns were later found at Nundah. Two female staff were forced to retrieve cash from the office and the men ran away. One of the women was cut by glass. Read more at NorthernLife.com.au.

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Siblings (three of whom live in northeast Brisbane) Sign up to our who are grand-nieces and nephews of WWI VC newsletter service. Scan Me! Patrick Bugden visit his Alstonville, NSW, memorial. COOPER STRIFE: Cr Amanda Cooper (Bracken Ridge ward) found herself the target of anger from some Brisbanites closer to the river after her council committee decided to approve a 20-storey development in an area of Kangaroo Point limited to 10 storeys by the Local Neighbourhood Plan. Read more at NorthernLife.com.au.

SPEED TARGET: The speed of drivers heading east on Main Ave, Wavell Heights, had been monitored by cameras and digital signs from November until February in a council effort to crack down on speeding trouble hot spots. And then on February 3 the solar-powered sign was moved to Shaw Rd. The sign rotated to three locations throughout the ward , NorthernLife.com.au reported.

Fun Fact $US6 BILLION - that’s how much tax the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, says he’s paid in total. He has given $28 billion to charity and was still worth $56 billion. His three kids will inherit ‘just’ $10 million each. Source: Guardian, Fairfax

Entertainment WARNE, LIZ BACK ON: After months of speculation, it appeared Liz Hurley and Shane Warne were back together after they were pictured in London. The couple hadn't been seen together since November last year, shortly before it was reported that they had gone their separate ways, DailyMail.co.uk reported. MINOGUE ALONE: Kylie Minogue spent New Year’s Eve at home all alone. “I was just very quietly excited about midnight arriving, I was sitting there thinking. It was bordering on the existential! But there was something so great about being on my own for the stroke of midnight,” she told Britain’s The Sunday Times.

Weird Fact THE last thing Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney wrote before he died in 1966 from lung cancer was the name of actor Kurt Russell (Tango & Cash). Nobody knows why, not even Russell. BLANCHETT GONG: Australia’s Cate Blanchett won Best Actress at Britain’s BAFTA awards for her role in Blue Jasmine. She dedicated the award to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month of an apparent drugs overdose. Blanchett adds the BAFTA to the Golden Globe and SAG awards she has already won.

Did You Know? ACCORDING to Aboriginal legend, there is a cave on the Wessel Islands off Australia’s north filled with doubloons and weaponry of an ancient era. African 1000-year-old coins had been found on the islands, News Ltd reported.

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C BE KIND: Please place me back neatly for the next person to enjoy. THANK YOU! Health WINE ‘KILLS CANCER’: A red wine ingredient and aspirin could deliver a double knock-out blow to the abnormal cells that can lead to cancer, research showed. Both help destroy the “tetraploid” cells that contained multiple copies of chromosomes, News.com.au reported. Tetraploid cells cause genetic instability. GRAPE BENEFIT: Combining grape seed extracts (which had antioxidant properties), with chemo had potential as a bowel cancer treatment - to cut intestinal damage commonly caused by cancer chemotherapy and to enhance its effect, researchers from University of Adelaide believed, ClockEndView.com reported.

Did You Know? COFFEE can have a preventative effect against womb cancer and there are suggestions it may protect against liver cancer, analysis of research has shown. Source: World Cancer Research Fund

Australia TWO FACED BUB: An Australian couple were refusing to abort their unborn child who had two faces and two brains against doctors’ advice. The two faces were on one skull and the brains shared a brain stem. Each face has its own eyes, nose and a mouth. The dad said the doctors told them to abort the child “because it would be looked upon as a freak”, CBSLocal.com reported.

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Siblings (three of whom live in northeast Brisbane) Sign up to our who are grand-nieces and nephews of WWI VC newsletter service. Scan Me! Patrick Bugden visit his Alstonville, NSW, memorial. FOX LAND FURY: The Victorian Government said it was furious one of its departments had allowed billionaire trucker Lindsay Fox to expand his property on to a public beach. It has emerged the land titles office granted Mr Fox an extra 2400sq m at Portsea, south of Melbourne, on Christmas Eve, which was worth millions of dollars, ABC News reported.

Business CHINESE SWOOP: Wealthy Chinese were looking for better returns than they could get at home, and the Oz housing market was second only to the US in its attractiveness. In 2012, mainland Chinese spent more than $A4 billion in Australia, according to the Foreign Investment Review Board. QANTAS SHIFT: PM Tony Abbott indicated the Federal Government was preparing to lift foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas. Mr Abbott told Fairfax he would like to have the limit removed. Qantas chief Alan Joyce had been in Canberra lobbying the Government for assistance.

Did You Know? IN FOUR years News Corp has written off $US7.1 billion on its newspapers, including most of the $US5 billion executive chairman Rupert Murdoch spent buying Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal.

VITAMIN RISK: People deficient in vitamin C might be at greater risk for bleeding in the brain, also called hemorrhagic stroke, French researchers had found. Hemorrhagic strokes made up 15% of strokes but usually were deadlier than ischemic strokes, which occurred when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked.

CASSOWARY SNUB: A visitor information centre near Cairns had covered its cassowary statue after it was attacked by a female of the species. Conservationist Liz Gallie said the birds sometimes struggled to distinguish between statues and the real thing. She said it was likely the cassowary became confused after not getting the response it was expecting, ABC News reported.

TELSTRA SHEDS: Telstra could outsource as many as 1000 jobs to the Philippines and India after a review by two consulting firms due by the end of next month, Fairfax reported. The news would come as a blow to Telstra's domestic workforce,which was cut by more than 2000 last year.

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OF THE seven billion people on Earth, only 530 have been in orbit, and less than half of those have been outside a module, walking and working and floating in space. Source: News Corp

THE sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160km away. Source: QI television show

THE antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa was almost twice as strong as red wine, two to three times stronger than green tea and four to five times stronger than black tea, a study at Cornell University determined.

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C BE KIND: Please place me back neatly for the next person to enjoy. THANK YOU! Health SMOKES HIT WOMEN: Young women who currently smoked and who had smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years or more had a much higher risk for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer - the most common form - compared with women who have smoked for less time, new research in the journal Cancer suggested. CIGS BANNED: The NT had joined the rest of Australia in banning smoking in cars that carried children. Smoking wasn't banned in NT bars until 2010, and at non-licensed public outdoor eating and drinking in 2011, Nine News reported. Smoking in cars could cause bronchitis and asthma in kids under-16.

Australia VC AWARDED: The 100th Victoria Cross had been awarded to the late Corporal Cameron Baird, 32, who died in Afghanistan. PM Tony Abbott told Parliament Corporal Baird received the top military honour for “most conspicuous acts of valour”. Mr Abbott told of Corporal Baird’s heroic and repeated attempts to attack a room containing six insurgents.

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Science OLDEST STAR CLOSE: Astronomers had found the oldest living star in the (known) universe — and it’s just 6000 light years away, well within the Milky Way. The star, with the abbreviated name of SM0313, was born 13.6 billion years ago — just 100 or 200 million years after the Big Bang, ExtremeTech.com reported. ORBIT FAIL: A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report from the National Science Foundation. And just over half understood that antibiotics were not effective against viruses, NPR.org reported.

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PIRATES IN SIGHTS: Net service providers would be forced to ban illegal downloaders and block websites that hosted pirated movies, music and TV shows, under an Abbott Government crackdown on online piracy. Attorney-General George Brandis said he was considering a rewrite of the Copyright Act that would protect the rights of content owners.

AT the Santa Rita do Sapucaí jail in Brazil, inmates can pedal to generate electricity in return for a cut in their sentences - a day off for every 16 hours of effort on bikes hooked up to batteries.

EYE FINDING: Moderate aerobic exercise helped to preserve the structure and function of nerve cells in the retina after damage, US researchers found. The findings, from a study of macular degeneration in animals, were the first to suggest that aerobic exercise could have a direct effect on retinal health and vision.

POLICY BY TWITTER: The Abbott Government was using a research company to trawl through millions of Australian social media posts to advise it on its immigration policies. Cubit Media Research had two contracts with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to deliver “media positioning analysis”, Fairfax reported.

ROYAL GENES: England’s Richard III was to become the first historical figure to have his full genetic code sequenced, which would reveal his hair and eye colour. Archaeologists had already confirmed he was a hunchback after finding a twisted spine when they recovered his skeleton from under a carpark in Leicester.

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Fun Fact THERE are 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and a German supercomputer calculated there were 500 billion galaxies in the universe. Source: BBC Schools online

THE coldest place on Earth was a high ridge on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures plunged to minus 93.2C on August 10, 2010, NASA said. The previous record was minus 89C, set in 1983, also in East Antarctica.

IF YOU drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side. Source: QI television show

AN original Apple-1 sold for $US640,000 at an auction in Germany in November. The computer was priced at $US666.66 (about $US2700 in current money) when made in 1976, The New York Times reported.

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