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Rod the Mod becomes a pensioner –
Rocker Rod Stewart celebrates his 65th birthday after being in the music industry for over 40 years and selling over 100 million records worldwide.
Get your skates on –
Parts of Amsterdam’s historic canal system freeze over for the first time in over a decade, with skaters taking to the ice.
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Top List –
Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 2 – 90-81
- 90 Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha, 2002: A surprise British global hit, blending football with teen-girl comedy and cultural diversity issues. The launch pad for Keira Knightley, one of the decade’s biggest stars.
- 89 Munich
Steven Spielberg, 2005: Dark, pensive thriller about Mossad agents bent on killing Palestinian terrorists who massacred Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. A complex, unsentimental one-off.
- 88 The Pianist
Roman Polanski, 2002: Polanski won an Oscar for this comeback of unexpected acuity, with Adrien Brody bringing haunted charisma to the lead role.
- 87 The Child
Dardenne brothers, 2005: Europe’s finest purveyors of social humanist cinema outdid themselves with this Bresson-like portrait of a feckless young father who sells his infant son.
- 86 Let the Right One In
Tomas Alfredson, 2008, £12.72: Vampire movies have been 10-a-penny this decade. None was remotely as affecting as this snow-capped charmer about alienated Swedish teenagers.
- 85 Erin Brockovich
Steven Soderbergh, 2000: Julia Roberts got the role of her life – and a slam-dunk Oscar – in Soderbergh’s legal?crusader drama.
- 84 Sin City
Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, 2005: Fanboys salivated over the noir fidelity of this super-stylised comic book transfer, with 300 and Watchmen to come.
- 83 Good Bye Lenin!
Wolfgang Becker, 2003: A young man tries to shield his frail mother from the news that Communism is over in this charming exercise in “Ostalgia”.
- 82 Monsoon Wedding
Mira Nair, 2001: The changing face of middle-class, urban India was brought to warts-and-all life in this freewheeling, thought-provoking drama.
- 81 Milk
Gus Van Sant, 2008: Sean Penn wasn’t an obvious choice to play gay rights activist, Harvey Milk. His funny and seething Oscar-winning performance proved sceptics wrong.
Top News –
- Armed conflicts and attacks
- Three Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives are killed while firing mortars into Israel from Gaza. (The Jerusalem Post)
- The Sunday Mirror ’s defence correspondent Rupert Hamer is killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, becoming the first British journalist to be killed there and the first to be killed in a war zone since 2003. (BBC) (Channel 4 News) (The Daily Telegraph)
- Some more churches are attacked in Malaysia. (BBC) (News24)
- 15 people are killed and 15 are injured, five seriously, when a bus and truck collide on a major highway in the Sahara Desert in Ghardaïa Province, Algeria. (Press TV) (Reuters)
- Arts and culture
- It is revealed that AHS Centaur, an Australian hospital ship dating from World War II, has been viewed for the first time since it was torpedoed by the Japanese in May 1943 killing 268 people. (BBC) (ABC News) (news.com.au) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
- Business and economy
- Disasters and accidents
- Winter of 2009–2010 in Europe
- More than 160 people are trapped in vehicles overnight in Germany, dozens of flights are cancelled, Berlin andLeipzig are buried under 30cm of snow, parts of Schleswig-Holstein remain unreachable. The electricity of 80,000 people is cut off by snow in Poland. Eurostar services are affected in Belgium, Britain and France. (BBC)
- Law and crime
- Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of the leader of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is acquitted of beating a former business partner in a videotaped attack. (Reuters) (The Daily Telegraph) (Al-Bawaba)
- Britain is set to ban a Muslim group, Al-Muhajiroun, also known as Islam4UK, that recently caused outrage by proposing a demonstration in the town that receives the bodies of British war dead killed abroad, the Home Office says. (CNN)
- President of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams receives a death threat. (RTÉ) (Ireland Online) (The Irish Times)
- Politics and elections
- Ivo Josipović wins in the second round of the presidential election, and is elected third President of Croatia. (Deutsche Welle) (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
- Ahead of the Iraqi parliamentary election, 2010, the De-Ba’athification Commission recommends banning the leaders of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, the Coalition for Iraqi National Unity and 13 other parties for links to Saddam Hussein‘s banned Ba’ath Party. (The Washington Post)
- With the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations due to get underway in Angola, confusion surrounds the participation of Togofollowing the fatal attack on their team bus. Their Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo sends a plane to bring them home.(BBC)
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