ANC celebrates 100th birthday
TENS of thousands of chanting and dancing revellers waved the green and gold colours of the African National Congress as Africa's oldest liberation movement celebrated its 100th anniversary.
African leaders, kings and former heads of state attended a midnight ceremony where President Jacob Zuma lit a flame, expected to stay alight the entire year, at the red brick, tin-roofed Wesleyan church where the ANC was founded in 1912.
Absent because of his frailty was Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, who is just six years younger than his movement.
Manila's Christ parade threat
MORE than three million Catholic worshippers paraded with a charred Christ statue through the Philippine capital in an annual procession despite a warning that terrorists might target the gathering.
The black wooden statue known as the Black Nazarene was displayed in Manila and prayers were offered for victims of tropical storms and landslides over the past year.
President Benigno Aquino had warned that terrorists planned to disrupt the event. The government banned mobile phones and firecrackers at the event and around 15,000 policemen were deployed.
Filming to start on movie of 24
FANS of Jack Bauer have something to celebrate -- a movie based on the series 24 is to begin shooting.
Actor Kiefer Sutherland said he expected to start work on the film in spring. He played Bauer, the centrepiece of the adventure series that ended in 2010.
Sutherland is already working on a new Fox series, Touch, in which he plays the father of a super-intelligent son able to predict the future.