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TV star Rolf Harris faces jail for sex assaults LONDON: Television star Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for half a century, returned to court Friday to be sentenced for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women.The Australian-born television presenter, artist and songwriter was on Monday found guilty of assaulting four victims between 1968 and 1986, including a girl of seven or eight who had gone to get his autograph.The 84-year-old has been on bail since his conviction and left his home on the River Thames in Berkshire, west of London, by boat as he headed to the capital for sentencing, where he arrived with a striped suitcase.The judge asked for a medical report before considering his sentence, looking at the possibility Harris could die in jail. But he warned the ageing entertainer that he was likely to face time behind bars.Prosecutors said on Friday they would not pursue allegations that Harris downloaded ...


Strike closes opening of ‘world’s biggest’ theatre fest AVIGNON: The two opening shows of one of the world’s biggest theatre fest meant to be held on Friday have been cancelled after strike action by actors and technicians.The Avignon festival, which attracts 128,000 theatre-goers to the southern French city, has been under threat from a long-running dispute over planned government cutbacks to their status of intermittent artists and cultural workers who are allowed to combine periods of work with paid unemployment.Festival director Olivier Py ...

Batman celebrates 75th birthday in Hollywood style LOS ANGELES: Ker-pow! Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this month with a series of comic-book, video-game and other events putting Gotham's famed Caped Crusader firmly back in the spotlight. July 23 is officially Batman Day, and to mark the occasion in Hollywood, Warner Bros has organized a VIP studio tour including Batmobiles, masks, capes and other souvenirs of the Dark Knight. "The world has no heroes... Batman gives you some hope and some faith," ...

Shakira to headline at World Cup final RIO DE JANEIRO: Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, headlining a closing ceremony that includes guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana and rapper Wyclef Jean.Shakira, who is making her third straight World Cup appearance, will sing "La la la (Brazil 2014)" with Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown, FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.Santana, Wyclef and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires will perform the tournament's official anthem, "Dar ...

Chinese actress Tang Wei and South Korean director to wed SEOUL: Chinese actress Tang Wei, who rose to fame in the erotic thriller "Lust, Caution", is to marry the South Korean director who helmed her 2010 movie "Late Autumn," the couple have announced.The 34-year-old star met Kim Tae-Yong, 44, on the set of the English-language co-production in which Tang played a prisoner who falls in love with a South Korean man while on a parole visit to her family in Seattle."We came to know and ...

No, baby! 'Austin Powers' star Myers opposes Scots independence LONDON: Comedian Mike Myers, the voice of Scottish movie ogre Shrek, came out on Wednesday against the country splitting from Britain ahead of its independence referendum in September.Myers, whose other creations include "Austin Powers" and "Wayne's World", joins stars such as author J. K. Rowling and singer David Bowie in opposing independence.In a BBC radio interview, Myers was asked whether Shrek -- the grouchy but loveable swamp-dwelling star of four animated films -- would back ...

Monty Python return with silliness and mass sing-a-long LONDON: Monty Python returned to the stage for the first time in over 30 years on Tuesday with a reunion show in London full of silly jokes and smut and ending in a mass sing-a-long by 14,000 fans.Opening a 10-night residency at the 02 arena, the five surviving members of the British cult comedy troupe performed some of their best-loved sketches and songs to an adoring crowd.John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and ...


 



 
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