Less than a month after he was snapped cavorting sans clothes with a naked mystery woman in Las Vegas, everyone’s favourite British royal, Prince Harry, was back on active duty in war-torn Afghanistan. Proving that regal life is not a series of parties and pampering for the modern blue blood, Harry, 27, will spend the next four months commanding a British Army Apache attack helicopter in Afghanistan, although his exact location will not be revealed. Known as Captain Wales while he’s serving in the armed forces, the third in line to the throne had his last tour of duty cut short when an Australian magazine broke a media ban on reporting his presence in Afghanistan. This time around, Britain’s Ministry of Defense has taken a less secretive approach to the Prince’s involvement in the war. According to a statement from St James’s Palace, “Prince Harry, like any soldier, considers it a great honour to represent his country in Her Majesty’s armed forces wherever it chooses to deploy him.”
John Gillard, the father of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, died suddenly in Adelaide, while she was attending the APEC Summit in Russia at the weekend. The prime minister immediately made plans to leave the summit and return to Australia to grieve with her family. Ms Gillard and her father were known to have had a very close bond. “I’m proud of my daughter all the time,” he said of her in 2010. “The English language doesn’t contain enough words – awesome, great, fantastic, tremendous. It’s all those multiplied by 10.” Trade Minister Craig Emerson will represent the prime minister for the remainder of the APEC meeting.
In the wake of the Twitter attack on TV presenter Charlotte Dawson by malicious internet trolls, NRL star Robbie Farrah has been targeted by a troll who posted a disturbing, sexually explicit tweet about his late mother on Sunday night. After the latest attack was revealed, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said he would speak with the federal government about toughening laws enabling the punishment of people found guilty of trolling.