Tuesday, May 15 in the news....
- Mullah Dadullah, the feared Taliban commander killed at the weekend in battle with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, has been replaced by his younger brother, a Taliban spokesman said. His other 75 brothers walked away empty-handed and disappointed.
- London hopes a game of American football will add a familiar feel for tourists from the United States and help them forget that the dollar buys less in the British capital than it has in almost 15 years. The city is hosting a regular season football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium on October 28. Often referred to as the 'home of soccer' there are fears that as soon as one player is tackled hard confused British hooligans will burn the stadium to the ground.
- The influential Sunday news talk shows aired by U.S. television networks are overwhelmingly dominated by white men, with women, blacks and Latinos having little presence, a media watchdog reported on Monday. Meanwhile, the influential Saturday morning cartoon shows were still dominated by animals, with humans having little presence when compared with cats, mice and dogs, a cartoon watchdog reported on the same day.
- Sixty Taliban fighters including three commanders were killed in overnight air strikes on two rebel bases in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a provincial police chief said on Tuesday. They are still trying to identify the dead through beard records.
- An anti-U.S. Afghan rebel leader said he had information that Osama bin Laden is alive but keeping a low profile by not issuing statements, according to a video aired on Sunday. He also had information that Osama is missing the spotlight and has reportedly been back in the studio mixing some new audio tapes and working with different producers.
- Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has apologised to the public and the justice system for illegally bringing vials of human growth hormone and testosterone into Australia. He apologised through his barrister, Phillip Boulten SC, who first had to get the comments translated from the native Stallone language he speaks.
- China has launched a communications satellite into orbit for Nigeria. The Nigerian satellite is the only one in orbit with flies buzzing around it.