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Chinese deer and ram celebrate Valentine’s wedding

A Chinese zoo held a Valentine’s Day wedding for a male sheep and a female deer whose unconventional relationship has captured the public imagination, state media reported. Visitors have flooded to the wildlife park in the southwestern province of Yunnan to see the sheep, whose Chinese nameChangmao means long hair, and the deer, Chunzi (pure), after zookeepers revealed…

Gay Cuban man, transsexual to wed on Fidel’s birthday

HAVANA (Reuters) – A Cuban gay rights activist and his transsexual bride plan to marry on former President Fidel Castro’s birthday next month in a move aimed at advancing homosexual rights on the communist-ruled Caribbean island. Wendy Iriepa, 37, who became a woman in Cuba’s first state-sanctioned free sex change…

Playboy Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old fiancee changes mind about marriage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heartbroken Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said on Tuesday his wedding this weekend was canceled because his 25-year-old fiancee, a Playmate from his magazine, changed her mind. Hefner, 85, and Crystal Harris were due to tie the knot in front of more than 300 guests at the…

Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old fiancee Crystal Harris calls off wedding

LOS ANGELES – Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old finance, Crystal Harris, has called off their California nuptials, the 85-year-old founder of Playboy announced Tuesday in a Twitter posting. “The wedding is off,” Hefner tweeted. “Crystal has had a change of heart.” Hefner had asked Harris to marry him during a party last…

Anti-corporate activists claim Facebook is purging their accounts

Dozens of Facebook accounts with a political orientation have been removed or suspended in the last day, according to British activists. Many of the pages are associated with UK Uncut, which has been at the forefront of protests against both draconian cuts by the British government and tax avoidance by…

Royal Wedding frenzy turns off many Americans

WASHINGTON (AFP) – For every American setting an alarm clock to go off before dawn Friday to catch the Royal Wedding, there is at least one curmudgeon glowering in a corner, eagerly waiting for the whole thing to be over. In America, as in Britain, the wedding of Kate and…

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…

Attempts to attack royal wedding considered ‘highly likely’

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Police officers and sniffer dogs have been scouring drains, bins and peering inside lampposts in central London to check for explosives ahead of next week’s royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Officers have been checking under manhole covers and even hunting inside traffic lights for any hidden bombs…

Estimated 2 billion to watch royal wedding

Reuters is reporting that a more than a quarter of the world’s population is expected to watch the upcoming wedding between England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. The figure was provided by Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The wedding between William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was viewed…

US media ramps up royal wedding coverage

WASHINGTON — While the British are already overwhelmed by the media frenzy surrounding Prince William’s wedding, coverage in the United States is just now heating up and will reach fever pitch in the week before the April 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey. “It’s catching on pretty quickly in the US.…

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