Madonna to direct film on Sierra Leone dancer: Pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday announced that she will direct a biopic about Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who overcame overwhelming odds to become a successful ballerina. “Taking Flight,” taken from the name of DePrince’s 2014 autobiography, will be the musical icon’s third time as a feature film director after “Filth and
S. Korean ex-president Lee Myung-bak questioned on graft: Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was questioned over corruption Wednesday, the last of the country’s living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry. Allegations of graft involving the conservative 76-year-old’s relatives and aides during his term have mounted in recent weeks as prosecutors investigate multiple cases of bribery amounting to millions of dollars.
Pennsylvania election too close to call as Trump clout tested: Pennsylvania’s closely watched special congressional election was too close to call Tuesday, but regardless of the outcome, Democrats made dramatic inroads with voters who supported President Donald Trump, a trend that bodes poorly for Republicans ahead of November mid-term elections. With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting in southwestern Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, Democrat
Sex abuse claims first test for New Zealand’s Ardern: Stung by sexual abuse claims, New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party ordered a review of its internal procedures Wednesday in the first major crisis to hit Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s fledgeling government. The centre-left party has been rocked by allegations that four teenagers were groped and sexually harassed at a Young Labour camp last month and
Five key moments in Merkel’s career: Germany’s veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to be sworn in Wednesday for her fourth term, ending half a year of grinding coalition talks and political paralysis. Here are five pivotal moments in the career of the pastor’s daughter who grew up behind the Iron Curtain and over the past 12 years rose to become
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