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The Doomsday Clock has been moved one minute further away from the “midnight hour”. The concept timepiece, a measure of nuclear danger for the past 55 years was devised by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) and now stands at six minutes to the hour.
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Forbes magazine reveals the highest earning celebrity couple for 2009 are Beyoncé Knowles and husband Jay-Z in the Top-Earning Couples list. The duo earned £75 million between them, with Beyoncé earning £54million.
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Top 100 films of the Noughties (2000-2009)
List from Daily Telegraph By David Gritten, Tim Robey and Sukhdev Sandhu
Part 6 – 50-41
- 50 Russian Ark
Aleksandr Sokurov, 2002: Technically spellbinding, the film comprised one tracking shot through Russia’s State Hemitage Museum. The result is an extraordinary meditation on history and identity.
- 49 Far from Heaven
Todd Haynes, 2002: Todd Haynes’s homage to Douglas Sirk’s melodramas, starring Julianne Moore, was both succulent and devastating.
- 48 Gladiator
Ridley Scott, 2000: Russell Crowe’s grave, imprisoned Roman general wreaks vengeance. Implausibly, it revived the sword-and-sandals epic.
- 47 Gosford Park
Robert Altman, 2001: Altman returned to peak form in his glittering country-house murder mystery.
- 46 Y Tu Mamá También
Alfonso CUar”n, 2001: Sand and hormones eddied in Cuarón’s three-way road trip, which made a superstar of Gael García Bernal.
- 45 District 9
Neill Blomkamp, 2009: Sci-fi was reinvented for the developing nations with this thrillingly inventive apartheid allegory set in South Africa.
- 44 Hidden
Michael Haneke, 2005: Big themes – historical amnesia, surveillance society, postcolonial terror – were brought to terrifyingly thrilling life care of Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche.
- 43 The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan, 2008, £10.76: The jet-black, immersive Batman movie everyone was hoping Nolan would deliver, was a blistering swansong for its late Joker, Heath Ledger.
- 42 Ratatouille
Brad Bird, 2007: Who could have imagined that rats preparing food in a Parisian kitchen could have been so adorable? Pixar strikes again.
- 41 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Chris Columbus, 2001: Not the best, but the first: JK Rowling’s boy-wizard adventure introduced with terrific exemplary production design and fruity cameos by British acting veterans.
Top News –
- India celebrates the Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Magh Bihu harvest festivals in places around the country (Palayamkottai, Haridwar). (The Hindu)
- 40 people are killed after two buses crash head-on in one of Papua New Guinea‘s worst ever road accidents. (The National) (AFP)
- Seven people die in a stampede at a religious festival on the Ganges in West Bengal, India. (The Hindu) (BBC)(Press TV)
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez partially reverses a decision to ration electricity in the country a day after it was announced, saying it was having “undesirable effects” on the population. Thus, Caracas residents won’t have power cuts anymore. (El Universal) (AFP)
- The head of Guinea‘s junta Moussa Dadis Camara and interim leader General Sékouba Konaté hold emergency talks with Burkina Faso‘s President Blaise Compaoré. (AFP) (BBC)
- Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces a moratorium on the death penalty, calling for it to be abolished.(BBC) (Al Jazeera) (China Daily)
- A crew of eight Irish sailors is rescued after the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race competitor Cork Clipper hits a rock in Java, Indonesia. (RTÉ) (BBC) (Ireland Online)
- A man is held in custody in Ireland after threatening that there was a bomb on board a transatlantic flight which had to land in an emergency at Shannon Airport. (RTÉ)
- Taoiseach Brian Cowen meets Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London for talks on the devolution process in Northern Ireland. (The Irish Times) (RTÉ) (BBC)
- A suicide bombing at a market in Afghanistan‘s Orūzgān Province kills 20 people. (BBC)
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