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Minnie Mouse and Americana hit London Fashion Week

British designer Jasper Conran brought a taste of 1970s Americana to London Fashion Week on Saturday, while some of his colleagues paid tribute to an unlikely style icon — Minnie Mouse. On the second day of London Fashion Week, barefoot models trampled a grassy catwalk as they showed off Conran’s…

Irish tabloid prints topless Kate photos

Britain’s royal family on Saturday condemned the “greed” of an Irish newspaper that published topless photographs of Prince William’s wife Catherine, and warned an Italian magazine not to follow suit. The grainy images of Catherine sunbathing in her bikini bottoms appeared in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star, a fresh blow to…

Online rights groups fear backlash amid video protests

Internet rights champions on Friday were fearful that free speech online may be among the victims of violence spurred by an anti-Islam video posted to YouTube. A decision by YouTube parent Google to deny access to the video in Libya and Egypt even though the film’s hateful message isn’t aimed…

Where did punk begin? Peruvian Los Saicos claims first punk band title

It’s a question which has been long the subject of intense and often bitter debate: where exactly did punk rock begin? Was it conceived in the smoke-filled back rooms of London pubs, or did it leap fully formed from the dive bars of New York City? Few would imagine that…

William and Kate angered by topless photos, royal source says

London: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine feel “anger and disbelief” and are consulting French lawyers after a magazine Friday published topless pictures of her, a royal source told AFP. “We now believe the photographs are genuine,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “Their (William and Kate’s) general…

French man fined for illegally downloading Rihanna songs

A French man Thursday became the first victim of a new law aimed at clamping down on film and music piracy when he was fined 150 euros ($193) for illegally downloading Rihanna songs. The Internet piracy enforcement agency Hadopi was mandated by the government in 2009 to send warning letters…

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin honored at Kennedy Center

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin are among those to be honored by Washington’s Kennedy Center later this year, the prestigious performance hall said Wednesday. Others to be lauded at the December 2 gala include comedian and late night television host David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy and…

Bob Dylan defends himself against ‘wussies’ plagiarism accusations

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan defended himself Thursday against suggestions that he plagiarized some of his lyrics, calling accusers complaining “wussies.” “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing,” Dylan, 71, said in an interview to be published Friday in Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan, whose 35th studio album…

WikiLeaks criticized for linking Benghazi attack to Julian Assange case

Tweet says US ‘gave tacit approval for attacks’ by accepting ‘UK siege on Ecudorean embassy’ where Assange is taking refuge WikiLeaks has been accused of crass self-centredness after it intimated that its founder Julian Assange’s current refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London in part explained or even justified Wednesday’s…

Grace Kelly still Monaco’s godmother, 30 years on

“Have you ever seen any place in the world more wonderful?” swoons Grace Kelly, after whizzing round a hairpin bend above Monaco in an open-top car with Cary Grant, in the 1955 classic “To Catch a Thief.” The same hillside road would cost Kelly her life on September 14, 1982,…

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