Before she died in this house in 1904, the Sultana sold the property to Sultan Abu Bakar’s son, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar. He rebuilt Istana Woodneuk in the 1930s for his Scottish born wife Helen Bartholomew. Istana Woodneuk has endured the test of time, nature and human brutality. It is important to note that Istana Woodneuk is not Istana Tyersall, another grand mansion of Sultan Abu Bakar’s not too far away from Woodneuk.
In pictures, a flood of Titanic memories
In her time she was the largest ship afloat, one of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the British shipping company White Star Line. Her makers called her 'unsinkable'. Circumstances on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City tested that claim. As history has writ, it was circumstance that won. On April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg about 600 km south of the coast of Newfoundland, causing her hull to crack and splitting her watertight compartments. Filling up with water in the dead of night on that icy sea, the Titanic sank. Of the 2,224 people on board, 1,514 perished. One hundred years later, we revisit the Titanic amid memories and memorabilia that survive.
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By Jane Wardell and Beawiharta SYDNEY/DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squad, Australian media reported. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas of mercy for the pair from Australia and thrown a spotlight on Indonesia's increasing use of the death penalty for foreigners. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was "revolted by the prospect of these executions", a harsh response after Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently told other countries to stay out of his country's sovereign affairs.
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