Aboriginal art's new face at Canberra gallery

Aboriginal artRON Radford, the director of Canberra's National Gallery of Australia, can say almost exactly when Australians and overseas visitors became interested in Aboriginal art.

''You can pinpoint it to the 1988 Bicentennial,'' Mr Radford said yesterday. ''That's when people would come up to the front desk and say, 'Can you direct me to the Aboriginal art?' I can can assure you that did not happen before the Bicentennial.''

Babylonian, dead for millennia, now online

Babylonian, dead for millennia, now onlineLONDON – The language of the Epic of Gilgamesh and King Hammurabi has found a new life online after being dead for some 2,000 years.

Academics from across the world have recorded audio of Babylonian epics, poems, and even a magic spell to the Internet in an effort to help scholars and laymen understand what the language of the ancient Near East sounded like.

The answer? Cambridge University's Martin Worthington told The Associated Press that it's "a bit like a mixture of Arabic and Italian."

Ecuador Requests International Reimbursement To Keep Its Oil In The Ground

Ecuador Requests International Reimbursement To Keep Its Oil In The GroundEcuador's Yasuni National Park, a 4,000-square-mile rainforest, is home to 100,000 species of insects, 655 species of trees, and at least two isolated populations of natives, making it one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It also happens to sit on nearly a billion barrels of untapped oil -- equivalent to about $7 billion in potential revenue for the country's struggling economy.

Swaziland: Why Girls Enjoy the Reed Dance

Swaziland: Why Girls Enjoy the Reed DanceWhen I met the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretary General, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, during the 15th African Union Summit in Kampala, little did I know that the hardly 4 minutes meeting was the genesis of a long journey to the land well known for its Umhlanga, a traditional reed dance-

Kate Moss: She has hired a professional exorcist

Kate Moss: She has hired a professional exorcistKate Moss has hired a professional exorcist to cleanse her house.

The supermodel – who lives in a plush area of north London with her rocker lover Jamie Hince and her seven-year-old daughter Lila Grace – has reportedly hired a shaman to rid her home of “evil energy” following a sequence of bad luck at the property in recent months.