Archive For March 2009

U2 album a hit, Bono campaigning a miss: critics

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Irish band U2 releases its 12th studio album on Monday and while reviews are generally glowing, critics argue that lead singer Bono’s dual role as rock star and campaigning “saviour” may be meddling with the music.

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Lionel Richie still on the “Go” after 30 years

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“Hello” may be among Lionel Richie’s signature No. 1 songs, but for more than 30 years, the singer-songwriter hasn’t so much as paused for a “bye for now.”

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France’s Cesars hail “Seraphine” best film

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Martin Provost’s “Seraphine” brushed through a very colorful 34th annual Cesar Awards, taking the prize for best film at the Friday night ceremony in Paris.

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Fans stunned by Rihanna-Chris Brown reconciliation

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Fans of singers Chris Brown and Rihanna expressed dismay on Saturday at reports the couple had reunited just three weeks after Brown was alleged to have assaulted her.

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Kremlin faces local election test

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The Kremlin faces its first popularity test since Russia slumped into economic crisis on Sunday when citizens from the western borders to the Pacific coast vote in local polls condemned by critics as flawed.

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Chavez orders army to seize Venezuela rice mills

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday told the army to temporarily take control of all rice processing plants in the South American nation, his toughest move against industry since a referendum win this month.

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UK’s Cameron says son’s death an indescribable loss

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Britain’s main opposition leader David Cameron said on Saturday the sudden death of his young son had left his family with a “hole in our life so big that words can’t describe it.”

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Afghan president says polls to be held by May

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday the presidential election should be held by May, putting him on a collision course with the election commission which set August 20 for polls, a date backed by the United States.

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Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on alliance with Livni

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Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has abandoned efforts to woo centrist Tzipi Livni into forming a broad coalition government, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.

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Americans relieved as Obama pledges Iraq winddown

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Bring ‘em home. Or send them to Afghanistan, where things are getting worse.

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