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Kirstie Alley, 'Cheers' and 'Veronica's Closet' star, dead at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley has died after a brief battle with cancer, her children announced on social media.

John Travolta and Kirstie Alley: A love story

Kirstie Alley and John Travolta were never romantically involved, but that wasn't how she initially wanted it.

Chelsea Handler, Leslie Jones and John Leguizamo among guest hosts to step in for Trevor Noah on 'The Daily Show'

The end of an era is fast approaching at Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and the network has announced at least the first phase of plans for what's to come next.

Ashton Kutcher and twin Michael talk health, guilt and rift between them

In a rare interview, twin brothers Ashton and Michael Kutcher talked about both their bond and their rift.

Bong Joon Ho's 'Mickey 17' gets trailer and release date

A first look at "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho's new movie is here.

K-pop band Blackpink selected as Time Entertainer of the Year 2022

Global pop sensation Blackpink have been chosen as Time magazine's 2022 Entertainer of the Year, making the four-woman band the second K-pop artists to earn the title, after BTS in 2020.

Gabourey Sidibe reveals she's been secretly married for over a year

It turns out that Gabourey Sidibe has been even busier than previously thought since the beginning of the pandemic.

'Harry & Meghan' series gets release date and new trailer

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have an early Christmas gift for their supporters.

Jill Scott announces 'Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1' 23rd anniversary tour

After a 20th-anniversary tour of Jill Scott's chart-topping album, "Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol I" was forced to end prematurely due to the pandemic, it will resume.

Adam Sandler still gets emotional singing sweet Chris Farley song

Adam Sandler will always Chris Farley.

Neil Diamond surprises audience with 'Sweet Caroline' performance at Broadway opening of 'A Beautiful Noise'

Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" at the Broadway opening of his musical" A Beautiful Noise," five years after retiring due to his Parkinson's diagnosis.

George Clooney has a simple strategy for being a star in the age of social media

George Clooney has a surefire way for staying out of trouble as a public figure in the age of social media: stay off of it.

Ben Affleck says Netflix's 'assembly line' approach to making quality films is 'an impossible job'

Ben Affleck is sounding off on how movies are being made in today's age of Netflix and other streaming platforms, which offer an ever-expanding glut of content.

Keke Palmer reveals baby bump as part of her 'Saturday Night Live' opening monologue

Some people like singing their good news from the rooftops, but in Keke Palmer's case, it was done on live television in front of millions of viewers.

Christine McVie's music: 5 songs to listen to in her honor

There's a reason why Christine McVie was considered the heart of Fleetwood Mac.

Axl Rose will stop tossing mic after a fan was reportedly injured

Axl Rose is ending a 30-year Guns N' Roses tradition.

Harrison Ford cracks the whip in teaser trailer for 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'

It's a name so iconic, he comes with his own theme song, and boy, is it a sweet sound.

'Willow' revives the Lucasfilm fantasy with a more contemporary streaming adventure

Disney's press materials refer to the original 1988 movie "Willow" as "beloved," which despite its admirers feels like nostalgic inflation of a pretty generic George Lucas-plotted fantasy that provided an early directing showcase for Ron Howard. Setting that aside, a Disney+ revival series isn't without its charms, in a more contemporary narrative that brings back Warwick Davis while focusing on the next generation.

'Love Actually' director feels 'a bit stupid' about movie's lack of diversity

Every year, as the days grow colder and Christmas draws nearer, "Love Actually" quickly becomes a festive favorite on people's television screens.

Joe Pesci says playing Harry in the 'Home Alone' films came with some 'serious' pain

They say artists have to be willing to do anything for their art, and for Joe Pesci, that includes setting his head on fire.

Inside Christine McVie's and Stevie Nicks' decades-long friendship

Throughout the various personal turmoils for which the members of Fleetwood Mac are known, one relationship buoyed the band for decades: the friendship between its two frontwomen, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks.

Will Smith, opening up about Oscars slap, tells Trevor Noah 'hurt people hurt people'

Will Smith opened up to Trevor Noah about the now-famous slap at the Oscars in March during an appearance that aired Monday night on "The Daily Show."

'Super Mario Bros. Movie' trailer shows being a hero isn't all fun and games

Mario learns that being a hero is a tough gig in the new trailer for "Super Mario Bros. Movie."

'The Phantom of the Opera' extends Broadway run for eight weeks due to high demand

The music of the night will continue for eight weeks longer than expected.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reach divorce settlement

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have come to a divorce agreement, a source with knowledge of the negotiations tells CNN.

Marsai Martin and Omari Harwick play to win in 'Fantasy Football'

The new film "Fantasy Football" capitalizes on some of its stars natural talent.

In 'Wednesday,' Jenna Ortega makes Netflix's Addams Family series look like a snap

Although the main character's name was inspired by the poetic line "Wednesday's child is full of woe," "Wednesday" is generally a delight, thanks almost entirely to Jenna Ortega. Having outgrown her Disney Channel days, Ortega makes the Addams Family's now-high-school-age daughter the coolest humorless goth sociopath you'll ever meet, in a Netflix series that's more kooky than spooky or ooky.

'Glass Onion' sharpens the 'Knives Out' formula in a polished Netflix sequel

Rising to the challenge of matching its successful predecessor, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" maintains the razor-sharp formula, with a setup that feels even more conspicuously like an Agatha Christie homage before an extremely clever series of twists kick in. Writer-director Rian Johnson again assembles a solid cast behind Daniel Craig, but it's his use of language -- where nary a word is wasted -- that finally gives the sequel its edge.

'Love Actually' cast to reunite for 20th anniversary TV special

One of the most beloved modern Christmas classics is turning 20 next year, and to mark the occasion, cast members from the landmark 2003 romantic comedy "Love Actually" are reuniting for a TV special to air on ABC next week, the network announced Tuesday.

James Cameron almost didn't choose Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet to star in 'Titanic'

James Cameron is sharing some surprising details from the making of his blockbuster hit "Titanic," which celebrates 25 years of being released next month. - Technology

How to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed

Fake news is actually really easy to spot -- if you know how. Consider this your New Media Literacy Guide.

Revealed: Winners of the 'Oscars of watches'

It's the prize giving ceremony that everyone's on time for.

Driverless 'Roborace' car makes street track debut

It is a car kitted out with technology its developers boldly predict will transform our cities and change the way we live.

Flying a sports car with wings

Piloting one of the breed of light aircraft is said to be as easy as driving a car

Brightest supermoon since 1948

See photos of November's supermoon -- the brightest in nearly 70 years.

This NASA astronaut voted from space

From infinity and beyond, he found a way to vote.

Teen girls prepare for space launch

Teenage girls have designed Africa's first private satellite due to launch into space in 2017. It's hoped it can monitor and find answers to South Africa's drought crisis.

Going to space is a real pain in the back

A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied by a weakening of the muscles supporting the spine, according to a new study.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

"Attention! Attention!" blares the Russian voice from a loudspeaker. "The nuclear bombs will be launched in one hour."

What parents should know about the VR gear kids want

Thinking about treating your family to a little virtual reality this holiday? Have no idea where to start? Don't worry. From Google's inexpensive Cardboard VR viewer to Sony's new PlayStation VR, this guide will help you figure out what makes sense for your family's interests, needs and budget.

Japan's boom in weird wearable tech

What do Discman, Tamagotchi, and Game Boy have in common?

Cell phones, screens are keeping your kid awake

These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games.

World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News

Couple jailed for 10 years over viral video showing them dancing at Iran landmark

A young couple in Iran have been jailed for more than 10 years each after a video on social media showed them dancing at one of Tehran's main landmarks.

Legendary NFL player Tom Brady 'retiring for good'

NFL legend Tom Brady has announced for the second time that he will be retiring.

Court upholds decision to extend Andrew Tate's 30-day detention after appeal dismissed

A Romanian court has upheld the decision to extend the detention of controversial influencer Andrew Tate to 30 days.

FIFA facing backlash over potential 'sportswashing' Saudi sponsorship

FIFA is facing backlash from Women's World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand over a potential sponsorship of the tournament by Saudi Arabia amid concerns about restrictions on women’s rights in the kingdom.

Biggest year ever for crypto hacking - with North Korea the suspected culprit

2022 was the biggest year ever for cryptocurrency hacking, with more than £3.2bn stolen worldwide, according to new research.

Families seek exoneration of relatives convicted of witchcraft centuries later

US politicians are considering exonerating 11 alleged witches who were executed and dozens more who were accused of having ties to Satan more than 375 years ago.

How did search teams find this 6mm radioactive pellet in the Australian outback?

A radioactive capsule that fell off a truck in the Australian outback - sparking a radiation alert and a search of hundreds of miles of road - has been found.

Pakistan seeks cash bailout as financial woes deepen after devastating floods

Pakistan is in talks to release of $1.1bn (£890m) of cash from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help ease its financial crisis.

Haiti is falling apart and there is no safety net – the perverse reality is that gangs have filled the gap

Arriving in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the sheer scale of the poverty takes your breath away.

'You'll find out the truth soon': Andrew Tate protests innocence after court appearance

Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate has again appeared in court in Romania as his lawyers try to get him released.

Balkan Insight

Govt Formation in Bosnia’s Federation Entity Hits Stalemate

The formation of a government in Bosnia's largest entity remains uncertain, as the ruling coalition there continues to split into opposing factions

Ukraine Website Puts Croatian President on Black List

Croatia's president Milanovic - who has often crossed swords with his own government - has been added to a Ukrainian website listing Ukraine's enemies following his latest pro-Russian outbursts on the war in the country.

Kosovo Miners’ Underground Strike of 1989 Inspires Exhibition

An exhibition in Pristina focuses on a strike in 1989 at the Trepca mining complex against the Serbian regime’s revocation of Kosovo’s autonomy, a landmark political protest in the growing opposition to Belgrade’s rule.

Germany, UK, Follow Netherlands in Closing Istanbul Consulates Over Terror Threat

Germany and the UK have followed the Netherlands in closing their diplomatic missions in Istanbul due to terror threats related to Koran-burning protests in several European capitals.

Kosovo Ruling Party Accused of ‘Capturing’ Public Broadcaster

The appointment of new director of RTK who donated money to the ruling Vetevendosje party has led to furious condemnation and claims that the government has betrayed promises to 'de-capture' the public broadcaster.

A Serb Association in Kosovo Would Threaten Integration and Peace

Minority Serbs in Kosovo already enjoy considerable rights under the country’s constitution. Creating an association of Serb-majority municipalities will only further entrench the ethnic divide.

Held Without Rhyme or Reason: Poland’s Detention System for Migrants Labeled a Farce

Inhumane and traumatising, Polish detention camps don’t even pretend to control irregular migration. After spending months in these high-security facilities, thousands simply continue their journey on to Western Europe.

In Kosovo, Proposal to Research Post-War Crimes Sparks Controversy

Conflict-related crimes committed just after the Kosovo war and their alleged perpetrators could be researched and documented if parliament approves new legislation – but some lawmakers don’t want this to happen.

US Hosts ‘Constructive’ Talks on Contested Kosovo Serb Municipality Body

The US embassy in Pristina held the first meeting between representatives of Kosovo Albanians and Serbs to air their differences about the sensitive topic of the proposed Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities.

Moldovan Church Urges Govt to Reject LGBT Couples’ Rights

The Moldovan Orthodox Church, which is subordinate to the Russian church, urged the government not to recognise same-sex partnerships or adopt legislation to protect LGBT couples’ rights in line with a European Court ruling.

Turkey’s Foreign Trade Deficit Spikes, Imports from Russia Double

Turkey’s foreign trade deficit grew to a historic high in 2022 while Russia became the country’s main source of imports amid flourishing trade relations with Moscow following Ankara’s refusal to join Western sanctions.

Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary Corruption Worsening, Transparency Says

Latest Transparency International report on perceived levels of public corruption gives Hungary, Bosnia, Serbia and Albania the thumbs down – but notes progress in Kosovo, North Macedonia and Moldova.

Transparency Concerns over Tony and Cherie Blair’s Balkan Endeavours

Cherie Blair’s law firm has made hundreds of thousands of euros representing governments in Albania and Serbia, which have also been advised by Tony Blair’s consultancy.

Only Connect: How Community Networks Put Romania Online

Neighbourhood networks laid the foundations for today’s highly connected Romania in which nine out of ten households have internet access.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Not the New Czech President’s Style

The steely, soft-spoken former general Petr Pavel makes his first post-election calls to the Ukrainian and Taiwanese presidents, indicating a steadfastness in priorities when he takes office in March.

Slovenia Arrests Two Suspected Russian Spies

Slovenian media reports say two citizens of South American nationality have been arrested and charged with spying for Russia.

Illegal Surveillance Cameras in Albania Fuel Concerns Over Gangs’ Power

As Albanian police continue their drive to dismantle security cameras illegally erected by organized crime gangs, experts voice concern about the gangs' apparent 'superiority' over state institutions.

Reports About Greek Police Ties With Mafia Face Investigation

Media claims about alleged relations between police officers and the Greek mafia have prompted the Minister of Civil Protection and the Supreme Court Prosecutor to order an investigation.

Italy Seeks Higher Profile Role in Western Balkans

A concern that Italy is not adequately exploiting its assets in the Balkans has again started to agitate Italian politicians.

Award-Winning NGO Inspires Croatian State on Quake Reconstruction

Two years after the devastating earthquake in Banija, while government-led reconstruction has not progressed much, an NGO has led the way.

Forensic Challenge: How Investigators Found the Yugoslav Wars’ Disappeared

Criminal investigators, forensic scientists, ballistics experts and DNA specialists worked together on the colossal task of finding 40,000 people who went missing during the Yugoslav wars and establishing how they were killed.

30th Anniversary of Wartime Hero’s Killing Marked in Bosnia

Srdjan Aleksic’s father commemorated his son who became a symbol of tolerance after he was killed in 1993 by Bosnian Serb reservist troops for defending a Muslim friend from attack in the city of Trebinje.

Montenegro’s Attempt to Create Database of Wartime Paramilitaries Fails

The state prosecution said it failed to create a database of Montenegrin citizens who were members of paramilitary units during the 1990s wars because of a lack of cooperation from other former Yugoslav countries.

Serbia Cuts Bosnian Army Jail Chief’s Prisoner Abuse Sentence

Husein Mujanovic’s sentence for abusing Serb civilian prisoners held in inhumane conditions in a Bosnian Army military prison in Hrasnica near Sarajevo in 1992 was reduced to four-and-a-half years on appeal.

Albania Police Find More Surveillance Cameras Erected by Gangsters

Albania's police are continuing an operation to find and dismantle surveillance cameras illegally erected in cities by criminal groups to collect information and monitor police movements.

This Week in Central Europe / 27 January 2023

The reorganisation of the Hungarian military was in the headlines this week after a recent government decree allowed the defence minister to dismiss high-ranking officers after 25 years of service. This could affect much of the country's military leadership at a time of war near home. The timing and rushed implementation led to speculation in the media about the government’s motives.

Week in Review: Stuck in the Slow Lane

We continue to look at what 2023 holds in store for the countries of the region, while looking at some old, well established problems such as organized crime, which increasingly seem to afflict south-east Europe.

Kosovo’s War Rape Survivors Scheme Hindered by Enduring Stigmas

Kosovo has extended a scheme offering recognition and welfare benefits to survivors of sexual violence during the war – but the social stigmatisation of rape victims means that many may never apply, experts believe.

Bojana Novakovic: Stopping Rio Tinto in Serbia is ‘a Fight for Survival’

Australian-Serbian actress-turned-activist and campaigner tells BIRN that fighting for better air and healthier soil is more important than taking glamorous Hollywood roles.

Democracy Digest: Huge Military Layoffs in Hungary Spark Talk Of a ‘Purge’

Elsewhere, the Czech presidential run-off looks to be going Pavel’s way; Polish Leopard tanks are finally on their way to Ukraine; and a Slovak referendum on shortening parliamentary term fails but the country will still get snap elections.

BBC News - Science & Environment

Newly discovered green comet comes close to Earth

The cosmic ball of ice and dust is about to make its closest approach to our planet.

Land use: Government has overpromised says Royal Society

The Royal Society calls for the delivery of a UK-wide land-use framework to clear up confusion.

Sex and no sleep may be killing endangered quolls

New research has found that lack of rest could explain why males of the species mate themselves to death.

Everyone to live 15 minutes from green space or water in England under plans

A blueprint is set out to restore nature in England after criticism over pollution and wildlife decline.

Green projects are boosting UK growth - CBI report

Projects aimed at lowering carbon emissions are boosting growth in poorer parts of the country.

Another whale mysteriously washes ashore on US East Coast

An increase in beached whales across the US coastline has baffled researchers and environmentalists.

Biden restores protections to Alaska's Tongass National Forest

Logging and road building will be once again banned in much of Alaska's Tongass Forest.

Government green heating scheme off to slow start

Take up of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is lagging behind schedule

True wild camping on Dartmoor not threatened say landowners

They say it is "perfectly understandable" that people are upset that wild camping was restricted.

Asteroid 2023 BU: Space rock passes closer than some satellites

About the size of a bus, the space rock whipped over the southern tip of South America.

Elms: England greener farming payments detail unveiled

Landowners and farmers in England are told exactly what environmental work they will be paid for.

The man who first discovered plastic in the ocean

In 1971 Edward Carpenter discovered plastic floating about in the Atlantic Ocean.

What are El Niño and La Niña, and how do they change the weather?

Global temperatures and rain patterns are affected by climate phenomena known as El Niño/La Niña.

Water pipe robots could stop billions of litres leaking

About 20% of our water supply is lost to leaks and scientists say miniature 'pipe robots' could help.

Biodiversity: Can we set aside a third of our planet for nature?

Will a plan to protect 30% of the planet for nature by 2030 be agreed and how will it work?

COP27: What was agreed at the Sharm el Sheikh climate conference?

New money for climate damage, but little progress on emissions. A round up of what was agreed in Egypt.

Climate change: Five key takeaways from COP27

The biggest win on climate since the Paris Agreement in 2015... or the biggest loss?

COP27: Without Greta, activists make waves at climate summit

Young campaigners say they are calling out "greenwashing" at COP27 from the inside.

COP27: Lack of women at negotiations raises concern

Women barely feature in negotiations in Egypt despite bearing the brunt of climate change.

Clouds part to reveal colossal Antarctic iceberg

The EU's Sentinel-2 satellite obtains a crystal clear image of Antarctica's new monster iceberg.

Webb telescope hunts life's icy chemical origins

The new super space telescope has been studying some of the darkest, coldest regions of space.

James Webb telescope traces arcs of dusty star formation

The new super space observatory probes a dynamic star factory 200,000 light years from Earth.

UK rocket failure is a setback, not roadblock

Plans for the UK to become a satellite-launching state are already well advanced.

James Webb telescope: Amazing images show the Universe as never before

It's a year since the James Webb telescope launched, and we've marvelled at its pictures ever since.