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US actor Dennis Hopper dies at age 74

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US actor Dennis Hopper dies at age 74

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper: 1936 – 2010.

Actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper has died today at the age of 74. He was known to suffer from prostate cancer since October 2009.

He was born Dennis Lee Hopper on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer of the film’s script.

Hopper was unable to build on this success for several years, until a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979) brought him attention. He subsequently received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hopper’s more recent work included a leading role in the television series Crash.

Hopper was a prolific photographer, painter, and sculptor whose works have been exhibited worldwide.

On January 12, 2010, several months after the cancer diagnosis, Hopper had filed for divorce from his wife Victoria Duffy leading to an extended public feud between the couple over the course of the following months.

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US Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich motion to delay Illinois corruption trial

US Supreme Court rejects Blagojevich motion to delay Illinois corruption trial

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The US Supreme Court has denied Illinois Governor ‘s request to delay his corruption trial after receiving a statement from the federal government in opposition. 

The trial is set to begin on June 3, and many of the charges Blagojevich faces are based on a federal honest-services fraud law. He challenged the constitutionality of this law and argued that the trial should be delayed until the high court decides the issue. The request had already been denied by judges in the lower courts. 

The Obama administration argued that there was no need to delay the trial pending the Supreme Court’s decision. Shortly afterwards, Justice John Paul Stevens rejected the motion. 


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Malawi President pardons jailed gay couple

Malawi President pardons jailed gay couple

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On Saturday, May 29, Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the African country of Malawi, granted pardons to a gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years in jail for sodomy and indecency charges. Mutharika, who has in the past dismissed homosexuality as alien, stated that he was releasing the couple on humanitarian grounds.

On Thursday, the President of South Africa condemned the decision of the Malawi courts in a rare dissenting statement stating, “We have condemned the action taken to arrest people in terms of our constitution,” in response to questions about the Malawi arrests.

In December, Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were arrested following a personal engagement ceremony. The men were charged with gross indecency and unnatural acts, based on laws imposed during the British colonial period in Malawi.



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Guatemalan news reporter killed by Pacaya volcano

Guatemalan news reporter killed by Pacaya volcano

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Aníbal Archila, a Guatemalan reporter for Notisiete, was killed Thursday night as he was reporting on the eruption of the Pacaya volcano. Firefighters and another journalist found his body near Cerro Chino. Two more bodies were found near Cerro, both in the path of a lava flow. Archila, 32, had worked twelve years as a journalist.

Fellow worker Vinicio Fuentes said that Archila couldn’t escape from the rain of volcanic stones, but his cameraman and another group of local reporters could. Archila was found with several lava and rock injuries on his body.

President Álvaro Colom and many other Guatemalan officials attended Archila’s wake at a local chapel. Archila’s body was taken at 08:30 (14:30 UTC) to the Metropolitan Cathedral for a mass. Later, it was moved to Notisiete’s headquarters, where a memorial took place. Internment will take place at the Hermano Pedro cemetery in Mixco.

The volcano began erupting on Thursday, and on Friday searches began for another three people who are missing. Colom has placed Guatemala City and the Escuintla region under a state of emergency. About 1,600 people have been evacuated from the region, and La Aurora International Airport has been closed.

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‘Statues of Democracy’ removed in Hong Kong

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Replica “Goddess of Democracy” statue, in Hong Kong 2006.
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Two sculptures have been confiscated and 13 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong, in what critics have described as “politically motivated” censorship.

The sculptures, a new replica of the “Goddess of Democracy” and a carving, the “Tiananmen Massacre Relief”, had been placed in the piazza of Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall in remembrance of the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident.

Although the Causeway Bay piazza is designated as a public space its day to day running is administered by the shopping mall’s management. They made a complaint that the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, or the Alliance for short, had failed to ask permission for their activities.

When police and officials from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department attempted to remove the sculptures on the grounds of obstructing public access, they were prevented from doing so by activists for two hours. The police made 13 arrests including that of a legislator for preventing the police from carrying out their duties. The statue was removed and is currently in the custody of the Customs and Excise department (C&ED). The 13 persons arrested were released on bail the same day.

Alliance chairman Albert Ho said that as Times Square was a public area the police had no right to stop them, that similar activities had been held before and that he had “…never been treated so barbarically and so violently…”.

Alliance member Lee Cheuk-yan said that C&ED’s action was unusual, and that he has contacted the department to find out if the department was trying to censor things related to the Tiananmen Square incident.

As part of its Basic Law Hong Kong continues to enjoy western style liberties within the One country, two systems settlement within China. In the past political activities that are taboo in China proper have been tolerated by the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (SAR) authorities.

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  • “Police release democratic activists” – RTHK, May 30, 2010
  • Min Lee “Hong Kong police confiscate Tiananmen statue” – Associated Press, May 29, 2010
  • “香港沒收六四展覽品 扣押13人” – BBC, May 29, 2010 ((Chinese))
  • “海關扣起支聯會六四雕塑” – Ming Pao, May 29, 2010 ((Chinese))}
  • “何俊仁指當局打壓悼念六四活動” – Sing Tao Daily, May 29, 2010 ((Chinese))

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