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Sister axes gigs for Jacko trial

Janet Jackson is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in her brother Michael's death.

Dr Conrad Murray is on trial in Los Angeles, accused of being negligent in his care of the superstar, who died in 2009 of an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol at age 50.

The prosecution is wrapping up its case this week, and the defence is about to present its case. The Jacksons have been a regular presence at the trial.

Janet Jackson was there at the beginning and she said: "After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now."



Terror attack on Kenya pub

A suspected grenade blast at a Nairobi pub wounded 13 people.

The attack came two days after the United States warned of an imminent threat of a terror attack in the Kenyan capital.

Last week Somalia's most dangerous militant group, al Shabab, warned of reprisal attacks inside Kenya for a Kenyan military incursion into Somalia.



Bacon tops our favourite whiffs

Freshly baked bread, newly washed sheets, and bacon are among our favourite smells, according to a new study today.

A survey of 2,000 adults showed that men preferred the whiff of bacon, while sweet-smelling laundry or sheets came out on top for women.

The worst smells were sweaty socks and wet dogs, the research by odour eliminator Febreze found.

Most people thought they encountered hundreds of smells every day, with more than half described as unpleasant.



Elephant tusks haul recovered

a ton of elephant tusks have been found that smugglers were attempting to illegally take from Vietnam to China.

Customs official Ly Tran Tuan said the 221 pieces of tusks were discovered hidden in rolls of fabric that were being transported on a boat on the Ka Long river bordering the two countries.

A Chinese man who was escorting the boat and the Vietnamese captain were detained by local police.