Aboriginal song heard for first time

Aboriginal song heard for first timeSYDNEY - AN AUSTRALIAN Aboriginal song, last believed to have been performed in a London home more than two centuries ago, has been sung again in Sydney after a local historian discovered a European transcription.

The tune was sung by Sydney Aboriginal men Woollarawarre Bennelong and Yemmerrawanne 'in praise of their lovers' at a town house in Mayfair in 1793 and written down by musician Edward Jones, historian Keith Vincent Smith said.

Druids Recognized As Religion For First Time In U.K.

Druids Recognized As Religion For First Time In U.K.LONDON Druids have been worshipping the sun and earth for thousands of years in Europe, but now they can say they're practicing an officially recognized religion.

The ancient pagan tradition best known for gatherings at Stonehenge every summer solstice has been formally classed as a religion under charity law for the first time in Britain, the national charity regulator said Saturday. That means Druids can receive exemptions from taxes on donations and now have the same status as such mainstream religions as the Church of England.

Aboriginal art's new face at Canberra gallery

Aboriginal artRON Radford, the director of Canberra's National Gallery of Australia, can say almost exactly when Australians and overseas visitors became interested in Aboriginal art.

''You can pinpoint it to the 1988 Bicentennial,'' Mr Radford said yesterday. ''That's when people would come up to the front desk and say, 'Can you direct me to the Aboriginal art?' I can can assure you that did not happen before the Bicentennial.''

Babylonian, dead for millennia, now online

Babylonian, dead for millennia, now onlineLONDON The language of the Epic of Gilgamesh and King Hammurabi has found a new life online after being dead for some 2,000 years.

Academics from across the world have recorded audio of Babylonian epics, poems, and even a magic spell to the Internet in an effort to help scholars and laymen understand what the language of the ancient Near East sounded like.

The answer? Cambridge University's Martin Worthington told The Associated Press that it's "a bit like a mixture of Arabic and Italian."

Ecuador Requests International Reimbursement To Keep Its Oil In The Ground

Ecuador Requests International Reimbursement To Keep Its Oil In The GroundEcuador's Yasuni National Park, a 4,000-square-mile rainforest, is home to 100,000 species of insects, 655 species of trees, and at least two isolated populations of natives, making it one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It also happens to sit on nearly a billion barrels of untapped oil -- equivalent to about $7 billion in potential revenue for the country's struggling economy.