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In brief

Richard Gere hits back over kissing issue
NEW DELHI, India
Richard Gere tried to quell the storm over a public kiss he gave a Bollywood star at an AIDS awareness event, apologizing for any offense.
Gere's embrace and kiss of actress Shilpa Shetty sparked several noisy demonstrations by hard-line Hindu groups and a flurry of legal complaints, which ended with a judge in the northwestern city of Jaipur issuing an arrest warrant for the two stars for violating obscenity laws.
"What is most important to me is that my intentions as an HIV/AIDS advocate be made clear, and that my friends in India understand that it has never been, nor could it ever be, my intention to offend you," Gere said in statement issued by the Heroes Project, an organization the 57-year-old actor co-founded to combat AIDS in India.
"If that has happened, of course it is easy for me to offer a sincere apology," he said.
The embrace, in front of about 4,000 truckers, was a failed parody of a move from Gere's film "Shall We Dance," and "a naive misread of Indian customs," he said.
"Idol" gives back $60m
LOS ANGELES, California
The "American Idol" charity shows raised more than $60 million and inspired tens of thousands of Americans to join global anti-poverty campaigns, organizers said on Thursday. Although some fans said the two-hour special failed to live up to its star-studded promise, the show of inspirational songs, skits and video clips of child poverty in Africa and the United States drew a 26.4 million television audience on Wednesday, the Fox network said.
Thief betrays himself
BERLIN, Germany
A German phone thief led police right to his front door when they called the stolen mobile to say he had won some free beer and he willingly gave his address. "An officer called and said, 'You've won a crate of beer'," said a spokesman for police in the eastern town of Neustrelitz on Friday. "Then he asked where he lived so he could drop the beer off, and the guy told him. I think the man was drunk."
Baldwin makes apology
LOS ANGELES, California
Actor Alec Baldwin will apologize to his daughter on national television on Friday for calling her a "thoughtless little pig," according to excerpts from a pre-taped ABC interview released on Thursday. Appearing on "The View" for his first TV interview since he left a ranting voice-mail message to his 11-year-old daughter that was made public last week on the Internet, Baldwin also said he was ready to give up acting after nearly 30 years.
Curry houses for Shetty
MUMBAI, India
Shilpa Shetty, the winner of reality television show "Celebrity Big Brother," will open a chain of Indian curry houses in Britain, a newspaper reported on Friday. The Bollywood actress hit global headlines after she was bullied and insulted by some of the Big Brother housemates, triggering allegations of racial abuse.
Ferrari up for auction
NEW YORK, New York
A 1963 Ferrari once owned and driven by the late film star Steve McQueen is expected to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million at an auction in August, Christie's said. Christie's unveiled the car on Friday: a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso with a medium-brown metallic paint and beige leather interior.
Singing to save the world
LOS ANGELES, California
Move over, Bono. A budding Canadian pop singer inspired in part by the U2 rock star is setting out to save the world, and has scored an early success by leading an international campaign to free an Iranian teenage girl from a date with the hangman. Nazanin Fatehi killed a would-be rapist in 2005 and was sentenced to death for premeditated murder. She would have joined about two-dozen other youngsters executed in the Islamic republic since 1990, according to Amnesty International, were it not for Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a Canadian singer born in Iran.


Updated : 2021-07-31 05:35 GMT+08:00