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BAHRAIN

Protester death to be probed

The government has ordered an investigation into the death of a teenage boy who opposition groups claim was killed by police gunfire during an anti-government protest. Seventeen-year-old Ahmed Jaber died late on Thursday during a rally in the Gulf kingdom. Opposition groups say he was shot by police birdshot — used for crowd control — when a pellet entered his heart or lungs. The police say they used only tear gas and concussion grenades to respond to a violent protest in the Abu Saiba area of the country. A government statement yesterday said the cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest and promised a full probe.

AUSTRALIA

Song riff found to be copied

Men at Work yesterday lost their final court bid to prove they did not steal the distinctive flute riff of their 1980s hit Down Under from a children’s campfire song. The High Court denied the band’s bid to appeal a federal court judge’s earlier ruling that the group had copied the signature flute melody of Down Under from the song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, a song written more than 70 years ago by Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition. Sinclair died in 1988, but publishing company Larrikin Music — which now holds the copyright for Kookaburra — filed a copyright lawsuit in 2009. Larrikin wasn’t able to seek royalties earned before 2002 because of a statute of limitations. Lawyers for Men at Work’s recording company maintained the band had not copied anything, and vowed to fight the ruling, but yesterday’s decision from the High Court ends the band’s chance to appeal.

AUSTRALIA

Diane Cilento dies at 78

Oscar-nominated actress Diane Cilento has died at the age of 78. Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh said Cilento died on Thursday night. No cause of death was given. Bligh said yesterday that the actress would be sorely missed by many in the entertainment industry. Cilento was once married to James Bond actor Sean Connery. The two eventually divorced and Cilento went on to wed playwright Anthony Shaffer. Cilento appeared in dozens of films, television shows and stage productions. She received an Academy Award nomination in 1963 for best supporting actress for her work in the movie Tom Jones and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1956. She settled in Queensland in the 1980s and built a popular outdoor theater in the rain forest.

NEW ZEALAND

Fresh water lift goes ahead

Wellington and Australia were scheduled to start an airlift yesterday to help supply fresh water to the tiny drought-stricken Pacific nation of Tuvalu, which is under a state of emergency as a result of the crisis. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said a series of flights by military transport planes would deliver a large army desalination unit to the main island of Funafuti. It follows the deployment of smaller desalination units there this week. “At present the two operating desalination plants at Funafuti are producing a combined volume of 43,000 liters a day. The minimum requirement for the 5,300 residents is 79,500 liters a day,” McCully said. Tuvalu is reliant on rainwater collection for drinking water and has been severely affected by a weather pattern across the Pacific known as La Nina. The neighboring Wellington-administered territory of Tokelau also declared a state of emergency after the drought left its 1,400 people with less than a week’s supply of water.

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