Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono allowed journalists to listen in to a conversation with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Reporters were apparently in the same room as Mr Yudhoyono during the call and one of them recorded the exchange.

Indonesian officials said the whole incident was the result of a misunderstanding.

The two leaders will meet this week, with tensions still high over claims of Australian spying.

Last year Jakarta was outraged by allegations that Australia had bugged the phones of Mr Yudhoyono and other senior officials.

Indonesia withdrew its Canberra ambassador, only restoring full ties recently.

But Mr Abbott shrugged off the latest story, saying the important thing was the quality of the conversation.

“I’ve always emerged from my discussions with President Yudhoyono feeling uplifted and encouraged,” he told ABC.

The two leaders are due to meet on Wednesday on the Indonesian island of Batam.

As well as the wiretapping scandal, they will also tackle the issue of asylum seekers, often from the Middle East or Afghanistan, travelling by boat from Indonesia to Australia.

Canberra has urged Jakarta to crack down on what it regards as a criminal problem of people trafficking.

Indonesia, however, has criticised Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.

two nights of utter debauchery involving Ford

A rehab facility in a small Ontario town confirmed Friday that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is undergoing treatment at its clinic.

GreenStone Clinic Muskoka in Bala, Ontario, said in a press release that Ford consented to having the facility confirm his stay.

Ford announced late last month that he was seeking treatment for an alcohol problem after a new video surfaced that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe late last month. It was only the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Ford, whose notorious and frequently filmed behavior led the city council to strip him of most of his powers after he admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a “drunken stupor” and was depicted on video threatening to “murder” someone.

There was speculation about whether the embattled mayor of Canada’s largest city was in rehab after he was spotted taking photos with residents of a small town neighboring Bala last week. A few days later, the mayor’s car was impounded after a Muskoka resident was arrested behind the wheel and charged with impaired driving.

“We ask that the public and the media respect the privacy of all the patients at GreenStone, to ensure they receive the most comprehensive and effective treatment,” the statement read. “We take our patient care and confidentiality very seriously and as a result will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Last week marked a year since the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker first reported seeing a video that appeared to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

Months later, Ford admitted to trying the drug while drunk and to using drugs while in office.

The mayor has previously publicly sworn off alcohol, saying he had cleaned up his act and was working out.

However, he was forced to admit to drinking after another videotaped incident in which he used obscene Jamaican slang words and criticized Toronto’s chief of police.

The Globe and Mail said last month a drug dealer had shown two of its reporters video of Ford allegedly smoking what was said to be crack in the basement of his sister’s home. The paper said it paid $10,000 for frame grabs showing Ford holding a copper pipe.

The Toronto Star also published details of “two nights of utter debauchery” involving Ford at a Toronto nightclub.

Police began investigating Ford after a guns and gangs probe turned up wiretaps that allegedly captured conversations about the first “crack” video.

A friend of Ford’s has been charged with extortion related to attempts to retrieve the video.

Despite Ford’s ongoing erratic behavior, he says he’s running for re-election in October.

5 Things to Know About the 9/11 Museum

The Sept. 11 museum opens to the public May 21, preceded by a ceremony Thursday that’s to include President Barack Obama, families and other officials. Five things to know about the museum:



The exhibits tell the stories of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 2001 attacks and the 1993 trade center bombing, as well as of survivors and first responders. Museum Director Alice Greenwald said the museum is “about understanding our shared humanity,” while former mayor Michael Bloomberg called it a reminder “that freedom is not free.”



The museum occupies 110,000 square feet on the 16-acre trade center site, tracing the foundations of the twin towers 70 feet underground.



Below the Sept. 11 memorial plaza, with its two fountains outlining the footprints of the towers, the museum reaches down to bedrock, where the towers’ steel columns were anchored. It’s bounded by a slurry wall that kept back the Hudson River after the attack.



The plaza and museum together cost $700 million to build, subsidized with $390 million in tax-funded grants; officials hope the $24 museum entrance fee expected to generate about $40 million a year will help cover operating costs, expected to be about $60 million a year. Fundraising will cover the rest, for now.



Among the more than 10,000 artifacts, 23,000 still images and 500 hours of video and film, plus 1,970 oral histories, one special item is what Patricia Reilly looked for among the displays during an earlier tour for families: her sister’s picture ID card from the 101st floor office in the south tower where she died.

London’s Metropolitan Police using cameras test

London’s Metropolitan Police said today 500 police officers will test wearable cameras made by Taser in hopes the technology will help bring “speedier justice” for victims.

“Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident. That speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and protects potential victims,” Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said in a statement.

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The Taser AXON Body Camera simply attaches to an officer’s shirt or belt and records continuously on a 30-second loop. The cameras are being worn by officers — or “bobbies” as the Brits call them — in ten boroughs in London.

The palm-sized camera comes equipped with a 130-degree lens, giving officers a wide field of view, and can continuously record for more than 12 hours under normal battery operation.

There are two ways it can be switched on: simply press a button or slide a switch across the top.

When the camera is rolling, it will save 30 seconds of footage from the loop and continue recording, ensuring officers don’t miss any potential images that could be used as evidence.

The cameras will have a sticker indicating they are recording video and audio and officers will let people know they’re recording, according to a Metropolitan Police video explaining the devices.

Each pixel on the camera captures light with a sensitivity comparable to the human retina, according to the Taser AXON website, making it easier to see footage from nighttime incidents.

The Metropolitan Police said officers will upload the material from their cameras to a cloud-based server at the end of their shifts. Authorities said the footage will be deleted after 31 days unless there is a request to keep it for evidence.

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7 classical fibs by men

The topic of trust is an important factor in all matters of the heart — and here’s why. Men lie to women. Women lie to men. And most people agree that some lying is even necessary — to avoid petty squabbles and to grease the wheels of a relationship.

1. “Me? I graduated top of my class.”

This is a classic case of the runaway male ego, designed to present a man in the best light and impress a woman. When the lies continue into marriage, it’s not long before the truth will out.

2. “Of course I like your friends!”

A man I know told his girlfriend, “You’re a great cook — much better than my mother。” In fact, his mother is a chef at a well-known New York restaurant. Fortunately for him, by the time his girlfriend discovered the truth — when they dined at his mother’s restaurant — she was so in love that she forgave his overzealous compliment.

3. “Honey, you’re the best.”

In the first rush of romance it makes sense for a man to engage in exaggerated praise of a woman’s beauty and sexuality. But “you’re the best” lies can paralyze a relationship.

4. “No, I can’t call you. I don’t even know where I’ll be.”

These are the sad lies, the ones he tells because he’s falling out of love. The more quickly a woman seeks the truth behind these lies, the sooner she can remedy the relationship — or, if necessary, end it.

5. “That dress isn’t too tight. It looks great!”

By and large, these are the good lies — the ones that show he cares. But kind lies can be too much of a good thing if a man habitually says only what his partner wants to hear. It sets the woman up for rude awakenings.

6. “They’re downsizing at work. But don’t worry. They won’t get me.”

Many men still feel paternalistic about the women they love, so they lie to spare them worry. But these lies can destroy the very sense of confidence that the man hoped to create. And they can make a woman feel she is not a respected partner in the relationship.

7. “Sure, I’ll mow the lawn — as soon as this crick in my back goes away.”

There are few things that trouble a man more than a woman’s anger — or nagging, as he calls it — so he lies to avoid a scene. It is in “hassle-prevention lying” that men can demonstrate their greatest versatility.

“I’ll take the kids to the park — when the weather gets nicer,” he says as he goes out the door with golf clubs. “I would have scrubbed the pots, but I couldn’t find the scouring pads” — never looking under the sink.


Los Angeles Clippers Coach Doc Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said tonight that the NBA’s decision to ban owner Donald Sterling for life and fine him $2.5 million after he was recorded making racist comments about African-Americans can “begin the healing process” for the team, the league and the country.

“These last three or four days have been very difficult for everybody, no matter what your race,” Rivers told reports before the game, set to tip off at 10:45 ET. “We can move forward. We have to. Yes, I do think [the NBA commissioner] made the right decision.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced earler today at news conference in New York: “Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA.”

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Silver also said he would immediately recommend to the NBA Board of Governors that they force a sale of the Clippers and that he would do “everything in [his] power to ensure that happens.”

NBA players and officials — including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve Nash, and Players Association president Kevin Johnson — applauded the decision from Los Angeles.

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NBA Players Association Vice President Roger Mason said that players across the league had made it clear they were willing to boycott the playoffs if the NBA didn’t take swift, decisive action against Sterling.

Sterling, 80, has owned the team since 1981.

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Sterling’s lawyer, Robert Platt, declined comment when asked by ESPN whether Sterling would dispute or respond to the NBA’s decision.

Rivers said he hasn’t thought about whether to leave the team in the wake of the controversy.

“You want to work with people who share your values or respect them,” he said. Rivers said he had never heard Sterling make racial remarks in his presence. “You would like to change him, you’d like to change anyone’s mind who feels that way.”

He said he is confident Sterling will be forced to sell the team, but said that in the meantime he is sympathetic with the players’ ambivalence about wearing jerseys with Clippers name.

The Clippers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors in the first game after the tape of Sterling’s racist rant was released.

The players were in a team meeting reviewing tape of the game when Silver made his announcement. Rivers said that when he told the team the commissioner’s decision, there was total silence.

“They were just happy that it was a resolution and it’s over, at least the start of it to be,” he said.

The money from the $2.5 million fine — the maximum amount allowed by league rules — will be donated to anti-discrimination groups, Silver said.

“As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity,” said Silver.

Skin grown in the drugs laboratory

Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.

A team led by King’s College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells – the master cells of the body.vintage tube
Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more like real skin as it has a permeable barrier.

It offers a cost-effective alternative to testing drugs and cosmetics on animals, they say.

The outermost layer of human skin, known as the epidermis, provides a protective barrier that stops moisture escaping and microbes entering.

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This is a new and suitable model that can be used for testing new drugs and cosmetics and can replace animal models”

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King’s College London
Scientists have been able to grow epidermis from human skin cells removed by biopsy for several years, but the latest research goes a step further.

The research used reprogrammed skin cells – which offer a way to produce an unlimited supply of the main type of skin cell found in the epidermis.

They also grew the skin cells in a low humidity environment, which gave them a barrier similar to that of true skin.

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Lead researcher Dr Dusko Ilic, of King’s College London, told BBC News: “This is a new and suitable model that can be used for testing new drugs and cosmetics and can replace animal models.

“It is cheap, it is easy to scale up and it is reproducible.”九成按揭