Archive For December 2008

Cliff Richard’s Shadows to reunite for tour

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Cliff Richard and The Shadows will reunite next year for the last time with a stadium tour of Britain, tour organizers Live Nation said.

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Take That top British singles chart for 11th time

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Veteran boy band Take That’s single “Greatest Day” has stormed into the pop charts at No. 1, displacing Beyonce’s “If I were a boy,” the Official Charts Company said this week.

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“Slumdog,” “Hunger” sweep British film awards

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Director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” about a poor Indian boy who gets a shot at winning millions in a television game show, swept the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday with three prizes.

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T.I. fends off Beyonce

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Rapper T.I. started a fifth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna. But Beyonce was nipping at his heels with two songs.

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“Four Christmases” gives box office a holiday gift

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Moviegoers shook off economic gloom and gave Hollywood a gift over the U.S. holiday weekend, sending comedy “Four Christmases” to the top of box office charts and boosting ticket sales nearly 4 percent from last year, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

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Venezuela’s Chavez pushes for more time in office

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday urged supporters to work on a constitutional reform that would let him stay in office as long he keeps winning elections, a year after voters narrowly rejected this same proposal in a referendum.

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Iraq and Iran resume swaps of 1980s war dead

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Iran and Iraq on Sunday exchanged the remains of a total of 241 soldiers killed in their 1980-88 war, resuming a swap that had been suspended since shortly after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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Thai police order airport protesters to disperse

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Thai police on Sunday ordered thousands of anti-government protesters to end their siege of Bangkok’s airports, restricting public gatherings and warning offenders would be jailed or fined.

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Death toll in Nigeria rises, army restores calm

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Residents took more bodies to the main mosque in the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, bringing the death toll from two days of clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs to about 400 people.

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Indian security chief resigns over Mumbai attacks

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The fallout from a three-day rampage that killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai threatened on Sunday to unravel India’s improving ties with Pakistan and prompted the resignation of India’s security minister.

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