Archive For June 2009

Producer recruiting military for film projects

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A Hollywood filmmaker is looking for a few good men — and women — with military backgrounds who want to break into the entertainment industry.

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“Idol” castoff Michael Johns to release album

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While the “American Idol” post-season promo drive has kicked into gear for winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, Season 7’s Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-”Idol” album.

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Diversity “gobsmacked” by UK TV talent show win

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Street dance troupe Diversity said on Sunday it was still in shock after beating runaway favorite and Internet sensation Susan Boyle in the final of the popular “Britain’s Got Talent” television contest.

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55 whales die after mass beaching in South Africa

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At least 55 whales stranded on a beach near Cape Town were put down or died after rescue teams failed to return them to the ocean, a sea rescue institute said on Sunday.

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Afghan presidential hopeful vows to create PM post

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Afghan presidential hopeful and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah said he would revise Afghanistan’s constitution to install a prime minister and boost the powers of parliament if he wins elections in August.

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Six killed when Abbas forces hit Hamas in West Bank

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Six people were killed on Sunday when forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raided a Hamas hideout, just days after he promised in Washington to fulfill his security commitments.

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Rebel Georgian region holds election, tension builds

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Georgia’s rebel region of South Ossetia voted on Sunday in its first election since Russian forces saved it from being retaken by Georgian troops, but internal tensions grew over its leader’s policies.

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Pakistanis secure Swat town, clash in other areas

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Pakistani forces consolidated their hold on the main town in the Swat valley on Sunday and began trucking supplies to 40,000 civilians stranded there, as fighting flared in South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

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Kennedy plan to outline U.S. healthcare overhaul

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Democratic plans for revamping U.S. healthcare are taking shape, with Senator Edward Kennedy soon to announce a proposal which could form the core of the nation’s new health system.

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U.S., Cuba agree to resume migration talks

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The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume direct talks on migration, last held in 2003, and open discussions on establishing direct mail service between the two countries, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

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