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Russia still 'not compliant' over doping as Olympics loom

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:54

Russia moved a step closer to being barred from the Winter Olympics in February when the World Anti-Doping Agency declined to lift the suspension of Moscow's national anti-doping body on Thursday. In a blow to Russia, the World Anti-Doping Agency maintained their suspension of the Russian body, RUSADA, which was first imposed in 2015 when evidence emerged of widespread cheating. WADA's decision comes before the International Olympic Committee's executive board meet next month to consider whether Russia can compete at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Pussy Riot's prison ordeal relived in London art show

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:21

Humiliation and forced labour are among the ordeals endured by visitors to a London exhibition recreating the interrogations, trials and jail experiences faced by Russian art collective Pussy Riot following their Moscow cathedral protest. The immersive theatre work takes the visitor on the journey travelled by Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova as she navigates police questionings, a court trial behind bars and soul-sapping prison labour -- all the time being barked at by authoritarian officials played by an all-female cast. The harrowing hour-long piece is part of an exhibition at the esteemed Saatchi Gallery celebrating the feminist collective, who became the nemesis of President Vladimir Putin after performing the punk protest at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

The Royals star Elizabeth Hurley in shock over Mark Schwahn sexual harassment allegations

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:00

The British actress regrets that she saw no sign of misconduct while filming the TV series.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale welcome second child - report

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:00

The stars began dating in 2012.

Meek Mill's lawyers appealing solitary confinement

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:00

The star was jailed last week for probation violation.

UK theatre cites 20 'inappropriate behaviour' claims against Spacey

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:52

The Old Vic theatre said Thursday that it had received 20 claims of "inappropriate behaviour" against US actor Kevin Spacey, who was artistic director at the prestigious London venue for over a decade. "The investigation resulted in 20 personal testimonies shared of alleged inappropriate behaviour carried out by Kevin Spacey," the theatre said in a statement.

60 years on, hearing anew explosive Little Richard

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:20

With his ferocious howl and lightning-quick piano, Little Richard fired an opening salvo of what would be called rock 'n' roll. Sixty years after his seminal album "Here's Little Richard," a newly reissued edition offers a closer look at Richard the musician and how he honed a style that influenced so much that was to come. In an age of singles, the original 12-inch LP in 1957 collected the early hits of rock's original wild man -- "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up" and, most famously, "Tutti Frutti." The reissue features a crisp, remastered sound that brings out Richard's vocal power and a second CD of demos and outtakes, showing Richard in firm control with only occasional revisions during recording.

'Bunga bunga' bill: Berlusconi ex-wife to repay 60 mn in alimony

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:35

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his ex-wife alimony on Thursday, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay cheques totalling some 60 million euros ($70 million). The Milan court decided in favour of the 81-year-old billionaire, who had insisted Lario was wealthy enough to support herself with her portfolio of 16 million euros, family jewels and publishing house, Italian media reported. The four-time premier had been paying the mother of three of his children 1.4 million euros in alimony as part of a divorce settlement.

Zimbabwe army takes over: key players

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:07

Zimbabwe was plunged into one of the worst crises in its post-independence history when the army took control of the country on Wednesday. Here are the key players in the developing situation: - Robert Mugabe - Most Zimbabweans have only known life under President Robert Mugabe, 93, who is reviled as a cruel despot in the West but lauded as a liberation hero in parts of Africa. - Grace Mugabe - Mugabe's wife Grace is 41 years his junior and met the leader when she was a typist in the president's office, marrying him in 1996.

Venezuela's ex-prosecutor urges ICC to probe Maduro

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:47

Venezuela's former attorney general urged the International Criminal Court on Thursday to launch an investigation into alleged abuses of murder and torture by the leaders of the crisis-hit country. President "Nicolas Maduro and his government must pay for this, for these crimes against humanity," said Luisa Ortega, after handing over to the tribunal in The Hague a dossier containing 1,000 pieces of evidence. Ortega, 59, is a fugitive from Venezuela, having fled the South American country in August after a new loyalist assembly established by Maduro threw her out of office.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:42

A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday. "The Art of Losing" by 31-year-old Alice Zeniter had already won three major awards, and had been shortlisted for the prestigious Goncourt and Femina prizes for its portrait of a family caught on the wrong side of history. Zeniter -- herself the granddaughter of a "harki" -- beat Veronique Olmi's "Bakhita" to the Students' Goncourt prize, which almost guarantees its winner a boost in sales of half a million copies in France alone.

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:35

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said. "Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the World," which depicts Jesus Christ, more than doubled the previous record of $179.4 million paid for Pablo Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version O)" in New York in 2015. Lost for years only to resurface at a regional auction in 2005, it is one of fewer than 20 Da Vinci paintings generally accepted as being from the Renaissance master's own hand, according to Christie's. All the others are held in museum or institutional collections.

Kim Kardashian's surrogate missed out on baby shower

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:30

The reality TV star has yet to sit her kids down and explain what is happening.

Terry Crews confronted talent agency head about firing alleged groper

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:30

The action man feared going public with his claims would harm his future in Hollywood.

Dolly Parton's sister disgusted by country music's silence on publicist scandal

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:30

PR guru Kirt Webster has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Donald Trump describes world leader who admits killing people as 'a good guy'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:44

President Duterte pledged to kill every drug user and dealer in the Philippines - something which figures seem to suggest he is doing.

Julia Roberts unsure why she was 'spared' sexual harassment in Hollywood

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:30

The actress previously condemned Harvey Weinstein for his alleged actions.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez seal reunion with a kiss

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:30

The young stars are reportedly taking things slowly after reconnecting over the summer.

Rose McGowan arraigned on felony drug charge

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:30

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January (18).

Philippines to implement family planning law in blow to church

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:24

A long-awaited Philippine family planning law to provide free hormonal contraceptives is finally going ahead, health officials said Thursday, ending a two-year impasse in which the Supreme Court demanded proof that they did not cause abortions. The announcement marked a victory over the influential Catholic church which counts most of the Philippine population as followers and opposes all forms of artificial contraception. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said 51 types of contraceptive pills, coils and injectables could now be distributed to the public after the Food and Drug Administration certified they did not cause abortions, defeating a petition filed by a Catholic group.