The distinctive white sails of the Sydney Opera House darkened Sunday night to mourn the death of Joern Utzon, the creative mind behind the globally known landmark.
"Joern Utzon was a visionary architect whose legacy includes one of the world's most spectacular and inspiring buildings, the Sydney Opera House," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.
Floodlights that illuminate the structure were dimmed for one hour Sunday night to mark Utzon's death.
Utzon died of a heart attack in his sleep early Saturday in Denmark, said his son, Kim Utzon. He was 90.
His design for the opera house was selected in 1957 after a world competition. But he was pushed off the project after years of cost overruns and wrangling with the government. He left Australia before the building was completed and never returned. Today ,the building is seen as a bargain as the leading symbol for modern Australia.
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Iran: State TV says the country's Oil Ministry has proposed an OPEC production cut of 2-million barrels per day. The cartel is grappling with how to reverse plunging crude prices, but ended a meeting in Cairo on Saturday without announcing an output cut.
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Afghanistan: A suicide bomber detonated his payload of explosives Sunday in Kabul, killing two people and wounding three, authorities said.