13 May '11, 2am

Lone father paralyzes Sydney in rush hour protest

SYDNEY: A lone protester paralyzed rush-hour traffic in Australia's largest city for hours on Friday by scaling the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and forcing the closure of the country's busiest roadway. The man, who said he was "ex-military", evaded extensive security precautions to climb the bridge at dawn and hang two banners in a protest apparently linked to a custody dispute over his children. The stunt forced the closure of the bridge that links north Sydney with the downtown area for around two hours, causing massive back-ups and leaving thousands of motorists and train and bus commuters stranded. The protester, who reportedly parked his truck near a bridge pylon and used ropes to climb the arch, unfurled banners reading "Plz help my kids" and "Kids first". "There is a major failure in the fact that there's no one looking after our kids when parents separate and divo...

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Singapore's founding father quits cabinet

sg.news.yahoo.com 14 May '11, 2pm

Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew said Saturday he will retire from cabinet as the government reaches out t...