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Actress vows to renew suit against IMDB.com for posting her real age

A US actress who sued the owners of the IMDb film industry online database for revealing her real age vowed Friday to appeal, after her lawsuit was rejected. Huong Hoang, who goes by the professional name Junie Hoang, said it was “hurtful” to have her age revealed to every prospective…

Missouri hospital ex-employee on gay beating case: ‘It makes news because of the f*gs’

A former employee of the Missouri hospital accused of having a gay man arrested and allowing him to be beaten while removing him from his husband’s bedside used homophobic language to defend the facility’s decision online, Americablog reported on Friday. Screenshots captured by Americablog show Paula Grant, a former employee…

Putin reports earning less than his spokesperson in 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin earned 5.7 million rubles (140,000 euros,$183,000) last year, roughly the same as the prime minister but significantly less than his spokesman declared, government income figures showed Friday. The highest earner in the list was First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, one of Russia’s richest state officials…

Legendary ballerina Maria Tallchief dies at 88

One of America’s finest ballerinas and the muse and wife of legendary choreographer George Balanchine has died, aged 88. Maria Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, where she had founded the short-lived Chicago City Ballet, the family announced. She had previously been the dazzling prima ballerina with the New York City…

Israel offers to deport final Palestinian hunger striker to any EU country

Israel has told the European Union and UN it can deport a Palestinian prisoner on a life-endangering long-term hunger strike to one of their member states, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday. But a lawyer for Samer Issawi, who has intermittently refused food for more than eight months, said…

Georgia state officials resign after report on drunken ‘fraternity party’

Two top officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture resigned for their involvement in a party at a state-owned resort that allegedly resembled “a college fraternity party” and included several employees skinny-dipping. WXIA-TV reported on Thursday that Deputy Commissioner Oscar Garrison and Chief Operating Officer Billy Skaggs were “allowed to…

Primal Scream lead singer says Thatcher is dead but her policies live on in Cameron government

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher may be dead but her conservative policies have never been in better health, Primal Scream lead singer Bobby Gillespie has said. Left-wing Gillespie, 51, the Scottish son of a union official and a bitter opponent of “Thatcherism”, also said he had been happy to…

World’s first successful uterus transplant recipient is pregnant via in vitro fertilization

The first woman ever to receive a uterus from a deceased donor, is two-weeks pregnant following a successful embryo transplant, her doctors said on Friday. The 22-year-old Derya Sert was revealed to be almost two-weeks pregnant in preliminary results after in vitro fertilisation at Akdeniz University Hospital in Turkey’s southern…

Republican National Committee votes unanimously against marriage equality

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unanimously adopted resolutions against marriage equality on Friday, despite rising support for the idea among voters nationwide. The Washington Post reported that the resolutions, which were approved without debate, include one supporting marriage “as the union of one man and one woman, and as the…

Aides to Malawi’s president under fire after they issue statement attacking Madonna

Malawian President Joyce Banda has “reprimanded” aides who issued a scathing attack on Madonna that fuelled a very public spat with the pop star, a source at the presidency said Friday. She “reprimanded officers in the State House press department for issuing the statement without consulting her,” an official in…

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