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US evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

New York United States evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century, has died aged 99. Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, beginning his worldwide mission in large arenas in London in 1954. He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said. In a 60-year career,...

Fergie slammed over ‘worst ever’ national anthem

Los Angeles Seems people were not feeling Fergie's patriotic spirit at this year's NBA All-Star-Game. The 42-year-old songstress was heavily mocked for her rendition of the national anthem at yesterday's game at Los Angeles' Staples Centre. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and others in the stadium could be seen snickering while Fergie put her spin on the song and even athletes were seen...

Street announces surrogate pregnancy

Wellington Television celebrity Toni Street has announced on social media that a friend is carrying a child for her family because an illness prevents her from having another child. The broadcaster announced the surrogate pregnancy via her Instagram page on Friday night. The baby boy is due in August. She is married to Matt France, a former rugby player, and they have...

Watson donates $1.8m to anti-harassment fund

London Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has made a 1 million ($NZ1.8 million) donation to a new fund that will help set up a framework and provide support for those affected by sexual harassment. Tom Hiddleston and Keira Knightley are among the names listed on the official Go Fund Me page as having each donated 10,000. Other donations visible are 500 from...

Glastonbury hoping to ban plastic bottles

London Plastic bottles could be banned at Glastonbury Festival from next year, co-organiser Emily Eavis has said. The daughter of founder Michael Eavis labelled it a "big project" for the 2019 event, which will be the first since last summer, with no festival planned for this year. "We're working on banning plastic bottles . . . which is an enormous project and it's...

FBI warned about gunman

Parkland (Florida) The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it mishandled a January tip that the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting. A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz called an FBI tip line on January 5 to report concerns about him, the FBI said in a statement. "The...

13 Russians charged in Mueller investigation

Washington Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities have been charged an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election, federal prosecutors say. The indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican...

Wilson ‘hero’ after saving woman from fatal crash

Los Angeles Luke Wilson has been hailed a hero for pulling a woman to safety after a fatal car accident. The Old School actor's Toyota SUV was one of several vehicles hit by a Ferrari near the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, yesterday after the sports car whose driver was killed, while its passenger, golfer Bill Haas was in...

Goldie Hawn’s harassment story to ‘top them all’

New York Goldie Hawn says her stories of sexual harassment will "top all of them". The 72-year-old actress has revealed she had her own "horrible" experiences of harassment when she was starting out on her career as a young dancer in New York City. "I had some horrible experiences as a young dancer in New York City. I'll top all of...

Company ‘complicit’ in Weinstein offending

New York Harvey Weinstein's film studio knowingly tolerated his alleged sexual assaults for years, New York's attorney-general said yesterday, one day after filing a lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer that jeopardised the sale of his company. "It is clear to us that the company's management was complicit in this behaviour," Eric Schneidermann said. The leadership of The Weinstein Company was legally...
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