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Royal wedding guest list causes controversy

LONDON — The guest list for the royal wedding sparked controversy on Sunday after monarchs from countries with poor rights records were invited but two former prime ministers were not. Rights groups criticised Prince William and Kate Middleton for inviting foreign royals from Bahrain, Swaziland and other nations where authorities…

British actor performs ‘The Passion’ for 72 hours

LONDON (AFP) – “Frost/Nixon” actor Michael Sheen was giving a 72-hour live performance of The Passion over the Easter weekend, bringing the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life to his home town. Sheen, who played interviewer David Frost in the 2008 Oscar-nominated film, was giving the marathon performance in Port…

Ex-Sony chief, father of the CD, dies

TOKYO (AFP) – Former Sony president Norio Ohga, who helped transform the music industry with the development of the compact disc format, has died at the age of 81, the company said. The music school graduate served as president from 1982 to 1995 and led the evolution of the electronics…

Lady Gaga is godmother to Elton John’s son

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – British music superstar Elton John has revealed that he and his partner have chosen pop diva Lady Gaga to be their baby boy’s godmother, as he spoke of his joy at being a father. “Yes, yes she is,” John told ABC’s Babara Walters when she asked…

Pope gets candid on talk show debut

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI said Friday he had no answers to suffering in the world during an unusually candid televised question-and-answer session in a first for a leader of the Catholic Church. Asked by a seven-year-old Japanese girl why she was hit by an earthquake and tsunami,…

Huckabee: Glenn Beck creates boogeymen only he can see

Mike Huckabee lashed out at fellow Fox News host Glenn Beck after Beck called him a “progressive” for supporting Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative. “This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a cancer and…

Over 100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The New York Times Co. said Thursday it has signed up more than 100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com since it began charging for full access to the newspaper’s website three weeks ago. The Times Co., reporting its first quarter results, also said net profit plunged 57.6 percent during…

First 3-D porn released in theatres beats ‘Avatar’ record in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) – A Hong Kong movie billed as the world’s first 3D porn film has broken the city’s first-day box office record previously set by Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. “3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” took in HK$2.8 million ($360,000) on its first day last week, outpacing director James…

Washington Post launches news aggregation site

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post Co. launched a news aggregation website on Wednesday called “Trove” that allow readers to customize the news around their interests. “Trove creates a customized news experience that factors in a reader’s likes and dislikes, combining state-of-the-art technology with expertise from the newsroom,” the Post Co.…

Sheen lawyers seek public trial over sitcom dispute

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for US actor Charlie Sheen are seeking a public trial over his dismissal from the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” which was suspended after a public spat between Sheen and the producer. The 45-year-old actor is suing Warner Brothers studios for $100 million for…

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