Lead singer of South Korean K-pop boy band dies

Lead singer of South Korean K-pop boy band dies

Updated December 19, 2017 01:41:48 Photo: Kim Jonghyun boasted a nearly decade-long prolific career. (Twitter: SHINee) The lead singer of South Korea’s top K-pop boy band Shinee has died after being taken to hospital unconscious, local media has reported. Twenty-seven-year-old Kim Jong-hyun was found unconscious at a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong on Monday evening, the Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting police. Police arrived at Kim’s apartment in southern Seoul after receiving an emergency call from his sister, who received a text message from his brother shortly before his death….

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Coal royalties help boost Queensland's short term surplus, but no major debt reduction

Coal royalties help boost Queensland's short term surplus, but no major debt reduction

Updated December 18, 2017 19:38:59 Queensland’s economic forecast is looking better than predicted since this year’s budget with strong coal royalties giving treasury coffers good news this Christmas. Key points: State surplus higher than forecast due to increased coal royalties Debt this year lower than expected, but still on track to reach $81 billion in 2020-21 New taxes and public sector savings to fund election promises The mid-year economic review shows the state’s debt won’t be as high as predicted this year but is still on track to hit $81…

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Barnaby Joyce set to become infrastructure minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Barnaby Joyce set to become infrastructure minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Updated December 19, 2017 00:46:31 Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to take on the infrastructure portfolio when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his Cabinet reshuffle, as early as today. The Nationals leader currently has responsibility for agriculture, but has been eyeing off the infrastructure job for months. The move will give him control of the Federal Government’s multi-billion-dollar inland rail project. Mr Joyce would take the job from Victorian Nationals heavyweight Darren Chester, who has been a strong supporter of same-sex marriage and pushed for more women to…

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Prince Harry jokingly warns Barack Obama not to take ‘long pauses’ in preview of their BBC interview

Prince Harry jokingly warns Barack Obama not to take ‘long pauses’ in preview of their BBC interview

BARACK Obama jokes “Do I have to put on a British accent?” as he is interviewed by Prince Harry for a special Christmas radio broadcast. The former US President, 56, sat down with Harry at the Invictus Games in September — where the royal had his first public outing with future fiance Meghan Markle. Nervous Harry, 33, replied: “No, but if you start using long pauses between answers you’re going to get ‘the face’” before scowling. Footage of their pre-interview chat was released by the BBC today ahead of the…

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Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights

Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights

Image caption An “upside down volcano” (L) and an “upside down rocket” (R)What do volcanoes and rockets have in common? “Volcanoes have a nozzle aimed at the sky, and rockets have a nozzle aimed at the ground,” explains Steve McNutt, a geosciences professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It explains why he and colleague Dr Glenn Thompson have installed the tools normally used to study eruptions at the famous Kennedy Space Center. Comparing the different types of rumblings could yield new insights. In the case of rockets,…

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