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‘Fraggle Rock’ actor Gerard Parkes dies at age 90

(Reuters) – Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor best known for his roles on the Muppets’ “Fraggle Rock” and crime film “The Boondock Saints,” has died, his agent said on Tuesday. The actor died at a retirement home in Toronto on … Continue reading

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Popular Mexican musician shot dead in cartel-riddled northwest

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A member of Banda el Recodo, a traditional Mexican band also popular in the United States, was found dead from a gunshot to the neck on Wednesday in the northwestern Mexican resort city of Mazatlan, the … Continue reading

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Argentine luthier turns beat-up skateboards into electric guitars

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Working a pedal-powered carpentry machine, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso is giving beat-up skateboards a new lease on life, recycling them into electric guitars coveted by the likes of American rock band Pearl Jam. In one corner … Continue reading

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A Minute With: Shailene Woodley on teen sex, violence and Marvel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For actress Shailene Woodley, transitioning from her teen years into adulthood in Hollywood was an emotional experience. “When I saw ‘Fault in Our Stars’ for the first time, I started crying,” Woodley said of her hit … Continue reading

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U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U2′s controversial free album on Apple’s iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. Country … Continue reading

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Argentina complains to BBC over ‘Top Gear’ presenter Clarkson

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina’s ambassador in London has made a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing Jeremy Clarkson, the host of globally popular TV motoring show “Top Gear,” of provocative and insulting behavior during the filming of an episode in … Continue reading

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Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala’s ‘gods’ with Italian opera

LONDON (Reuters) – Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan’s legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he’s going to give the public what it … Continue reading

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Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour note in China with Hong Kong visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China on Wednesday when he appeared among Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country’s foreign ministry to warn foreigners once again to keep their noses out. … Continue reading

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Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as ‘Citizenfour’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet’s quest to heal her homeland

LONDON (Reuters) – Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war. When al-Jubouri, one of … Continue reading

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