Hundreds march to mark Ferguson police shooting
FERGUSON • Several hundred people marched last Saturday in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, which shone a spotlight on race relations in the United States. Led by the youth's father, also named Michael, and the rest of his family, the crowd worked its way along one of the avenues hit by fierce rioting last November when a court decided not to indict the white officer who shot the 18-year-old.
Burgundy vintage is world's costliest wine
BORDEAUX • France's famous Burgundy region has a double reason to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerging as the world's most expensive wine just after the region was named a United Nations World Heritage Site. Richebourg Grand Cru sells at a whopping US$15,195 (S$21,000) a bottle, according to the Wine-Searcher website list of the 50 most expensive vintages.
Aussie minister warns against Vegemite liquor
SYDNEY • Australia's indigenous affairs minister warned yesterday about the use of popular spread Vegemite to make home-brew liquor in remote communities where alcohol is banned, describing it as a "precursor to misery".
Mr Nigel Scullion told The Sunday Mail newspaper that children in some communities had missed school as they were too hung over from all-night drinking sessions.
The Mail said Vegemite was being made into alcohol in large quantities such as in bathtubs in some backyards.