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Saturday, 23 August 2008

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Abdullah Al Mamun passes away PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

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Celebrated playwright, actor and award-winning filmmaker Abdullah Al Mamun died after prolonged illness at BIRDEM Hospital Thursday at the age of 65.

"My father died around 11:25am at BIRDEM's intensive care unit. His heart, kidneys and liver stopped functioning," son Lutful Kuddus Tonmoy told bdnews24.com.
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Malaysia asks Avril Lavigne to postpone concert PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

REUTERS, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's government has told promoters of a concert by Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne to postpone the show because it could mar the country's independence day celebrations, an official said on Wednesday.

The decision came after the opposition Islamic party, Parti se-Islam Malaysia, objected to the August 29 concert in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, saying that Malaysia, which is predominantly Muslim, should not ape Western values and cultures.
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Jessica Simpson to market beer for Dallas brewer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, DALLAS - Jessica Simpson is now selling beer. The singer and actress has signed on as spokeswoman for Stampede Light Plus, made by Dallas' Stampede Brewing Co.

Simpson will appear in ads in stores for the beer and is taking a 15 percent stake in the brewer. The Dallas Morning News says terms were not disclosed.
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British glam rocker Gary Glitter freed in Vietnam PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, BANGKOK, Thailand - British glam rocker Gary Glitter was refused entry into Thailand, officials said Wednesday, a day after the convicted child molester was freed by Vietnam following nearly three years in prison.

The 64-year-old Glitter arrived at Bangkok, Thailand's international airport after Vietnam deported him. But he refused to board a connecting flight to London and officials denied him entry into Thailand, a senior immigration official told The Associated Press.
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Role of a lifetime: Iraq vet sought for soap opera PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

AP, LOS ANGELES - An open casting call for "All My Children" is far from business as usual: The soap opera is seeking an Iraq war veteran to play an injured veteran.

The ABC daytime show has created a romantic story line to combine entertainment and a window into the challenges faced after combat, said executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.
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The Jonas Brothers invade NYC, and fans go crazy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Quiet time is a rarity for the Jonas Brothers these days.

Following a special performance for more than 500 screaming tween and teen girls at Apple's downtown Manhattan store on Tuesday night, the brothers — Kevin, 20, Joe, 18, and Nick, 15 — huddled in a stairwell, trying to find a quiet space to conduct an interview with The Associated Press.

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Tina Turner records new songs for compilation PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK  - Tina Turner has recorded two new songs for a compilation CD that will be released just in time for the October 1 start of her comeback tour in Kansas City, Mo.

"It Would Be a Crime" and "I'm Ready" will be found on "Tina!," due September 30 via Capitol. They join 16 hits spanning Turner's career, including "Nutbush City Limits" and "What's Love Got To Do With It."

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8-year-old guitar wiz has reason to play the blues PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

AP, ELKHORN, Wis. - When Tallan "T-Man" Latz was 5, he saw Joe Satriani playing guitar on TV. "I turned around to my dad and said, 'That's exactly what I want to do.'"

Three years and countless hours of practicing later, 8-year-old Tallan is a blues guitar prodigy. He's played in bars and clubs, including the House of Blues in Chicago, and even jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne.

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Britney Spears says new album will be out next year PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britney Spears says her sixth album will be out within nine months as the U.S. pop star seeks to rebound from troubling behavior and hospital stints for psychiatric evaluations.

In an interview with OK! magazine released on Wednesday, the 26-year-old says she has written more for the new album than her previous five studio albums, and describes it as having an "urban" feel.
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World's tallest woman dies in Indiana at age 53 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

AP, INDIANAPOLIS - A woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world's tallest female died early Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53.

Sandy Allen, who used her height to inspire schoolchildren to accept those who are different, died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, family friend Rita Rose said.
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Do Hollywood stars look cuter with puppies? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

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A few years ago, Paris Hilton -- whose stock rose this week after her amusing video retort to John McCain's anti-celebrity ad -- was always seen toting her tiny Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, invariably dressed in designer ensembles matching her owner's.

For better or worse, Paris was responsible for the Hollywood pocketbook pooch craze of tucking an expensive tiny dog into a chic designer bag.
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Hayes, 'Shaft' singer and disco presage, dies PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

AP, MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Isaac Hayes, the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner who laid the groundwork for disco and whose "Theme From Shaft" won both Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.

Hayes was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after he was found by a family member, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. The cause of death was not immediately known.
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Forklift helps 700-lb Mexican man take rare outing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

AP, MONTERREY, Mexico - A 700-pound (310-kilogram) man once considered the world's most obese person left his home for the first time in five months Sunday with the aid of a forklift and a platform truck.

Manuel Uribe traveled to the shore of a lake in northern Mexico without ever leaving his specially designed bed. A forklift hoisted the bed onto the truck, which then hauled him to the lake, where he snacked on fish and vegetables and joked with a local boat operator.
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Arrest over Lebanese singer death PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim, police in the Gulf emirate of Dubai have said, reports BBC.

The 30-year-old singer was found dead in her flat last month. Media reports suggested she had been stabbed repeatedly and decapitated.
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Stars pay tribute to Bernie Mac PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

George Clooney has led tributes to US comedian Bernie Mac, who died in hospital on Saturday, aged 50, reports BBC.

"The world just got a little less funny," said the star, who appeared with Mac in the Ocean's Eleven series.
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Black class, as 'reality' would have it PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

La Times

LATE last month, Bravo aired a half-hour preview of its forthcoming "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and with clinical precision, it lived down to expectations. Here, again, will be a group of women, many married to wealthy men, cataloging their possessions and their beefs for the cameras, largely because they lack the good sense not to.

But the opening monologue, voiced by all of the featured women, highlighted what will set this show apart from its New York and California predecessors: "Atlanta is a mecca for wealthy African Americans.
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Actor and comedian Bernie Mac dies at age 50 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2008

AP, CHICAGO - Bernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," died Saturday at age 50.

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.
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All the world an Olympic venue for sportsman Bush PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2008

AP, BEIJING - Most days, being the U.S. president means trying to extinguish one crisis after another.
Then there are days like Saturday.

Mountain biking on the Olympic course. Getting in a couple of hits with the women's beach volleyball team. Chuckling after being the target of a softball player's practical joke.
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McConaughey to plant son's placenta in orchard PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Matthew McConaughey says the birth of his son will help bring a little joy to others in the world someday. The actor kept the placenta from the July birth of his son and plans to plant it in an orchard, he tells CNN's "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta" in interview scheduled to air in two parts Aug. 9 and Aug 16.

McConaughey says he hopes it will fertilize the land, a ritual long followed in several cultures.
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Osteen's wife denies assaulting flight attendant PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2008

AP, HOUSTON - The wife of megachurch evangelist Joel Osteen told jurors Friday she was "dumbfounded" and "shook up" after a flight attendant accused her of assaulting her over a spill on a first-class seat. Victoria Osteen, in court because the flight attendant is suing her, said she pushed no one and even ended up cleaning the spill that sparked the incident herself.

Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown claims Victoria Osteen grabbed, elbowed and pushed her before the start of a 2005 flight to Vail, Colo. Victoria Osteen and her husband, who also had been on board and testified earlier Friday, denied that account.
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