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Nastassja Kinski ‘proud’ of sister for abuse claims

Actress Nastassja Kinski said Friday she was proud of her half-sister Pola for coming forward with allegations that she had been repeatedly raped by their father, the late German film icon Klaus Kinski. Pola Kinski, 60, said in a magazine interview ahead of the release of a memoir Saturday that…

Piers Morgan happy to learn he isn’t being deported by the White House

The White House officially responded Wednesday to a petition that sought deport CNN host Piers Morgan because of his views on gun control. “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” White House spokesman Jay Carney wrote. “President Obama believes that the Second…

Journalists at censored Chinese paper ‘strike deal’

Journalists at a Chinese newspaper embroiled in a row over censorship have struck a deal to return to work, reports said, as protesters demanding press freedom gathered for a third day. Demonstrators have this week massed outside the Guangzhou offices of the Southern Weekly, a popular liberal paper which had…

Lance Armstrong to discuss doping scandal on Oprah

The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will talk about the doping scandal that dramatically brought down his cycling career during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, it was announced. The famed talk show host said that a 90-minute special show would address “years of accusations of cheating, and charges of…

Amy Winehouse killed by alcohol poisoning: inquest

A second inquest into the death of troubled British singer Amy Winehouse confirmed Tuesday that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning. The same verdict of death by misadventure was given at a re-hearing of the inquest which was ordered after it emerged that the first, in October 2011, was heard…

David Bowie releases first song in decade

British rock icon David Bowie broke a decade-long musical silence on Tuesday, unveiling a new single to coincide with his 66th birthday and announcing that he will release an album in March. The outlandish star surprised fans by posting a video for the single, entitled “Where are We Now?”, on…

William Shatner and George Takei chat with International Space Station crew

Fact and fiction blurred this week when a real-life astronaut boldly went where no man has gone before and conversed from orbit via Twitter with the crew of television’s “Star Trek: Enterprise.” It started with a message from actor William Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk in the cult sci-fi…

Rapper Azealia Banks apologizes for homophobic slur against Perez Hilton

Rapper slammed by US gay rights organisation after she used homophobic language to attack celebrity blogger One of the biggest gay advocacy organisations in the US has criticised Azealia Banks for her use of a homophobic slur. Banks, who called blogger Perez Hilton “a messy faggot”, had initially refused to…

Torture in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ film is fictional, says ex-CIA agent

Bloody interrogations like those depicted in Hollywood’s take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden “Zero Dark Thirty” never really happened, according to the former CIA official who ran such programs. “The truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation program which I supervised from…

Italian lit teacher becomes celebrity death Twitter prankster

Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope Benedict XVI — Italian Tommasso Debenedetti has killed them all in fake tweets aimed at exposing shoddy journalism that have earned him global notoriety. The latest victim of Debenedetti’s unusual hobby is British author JK Rowling, whose death in an accident he announced from…

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