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Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as The Nutcracker and Firebird, has died at the age 88

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Maria Tallchief, one of America’s first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as The Nutcracker and Firebird, has died at the age 88. Her daughter, Elise Paschen, revealed today that her mother had passed away in Chicago on Thursday. Maria Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942 to 1947, but her career was most associated with the New York City Ballet, w...

Queen Elizabeth II has led mourners in St Paul's Cathedral in London at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher

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Queen Elizabeth II has led mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral in London at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s longest serving prime minister of modern times. More than 2,000 guests from around the world paid their last respects at the biggest such occasion since the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002. In total, two current heads of state, 11 serving prime ministers and 17 serv...

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident, died early Saturday morning at the age of 42

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Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident, died early Saturday morning at the age of 42, a family statement announced. In a statement posted on the fan site Oneloveforchi.com, Chi Cheng’s family writes that the musician was taken to the emergency room where he died at 3 a.m. “He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ea...

Prince Felix of Luxembourg has married his long-time love Claire Lademacher in south eastern France

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Prince Felix of Luxembourg has married his long-time love Claire Lademacher in south eastern France. Grand dukes and duchesses, princes and princesses and a smattering of arch dukes lined up at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume to greet the couple. On Wednesday, Prince Felix, 29, and Claire Lademacher, 28, wed in a civil ceremony in her hometown of Frankfurt, G...

Oscar Hijuelos was the first Latino writer to win the Pulitzer Prize

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Author Oscar Hijuelos, the first Latino writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, has died aged 62. Oscar Hijuelos’s agent, Jennifer Lyons, said he had died of a heart attack in New York City while playing tennis. The Cuban-American writer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which was later adapted as a Hollywood film. Like many of his novels, it...

Amanda Knox was convicted by an Italian court in 2009 in the murder of Meredith Kercher

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Most probably Italy will ask the US to extradite Amanda Knox and the decision will probably come down to Secretary of State John Kerry. According to legal experts, it would be difficult for John Kerry to refuse the request. Amanda Knox, who was convicted for a second time by an Italian court on Thursday in the 2007 murder of her roommate, vowed to “fight this until the very end”. And Italy would...

Amanda Knox was the focus of intense media scrutiny from the start of the highly publicized Meredith Kercher’s murder trial in 2009

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Amanda Knox was the focus of intense media scrutiny from the start of the highly publicized Meredith Kercher’s murder trial in 2009. Amanda Marie Knox, born on July 9, 1987, was convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2009. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011. However, on March 26, 2013, Amanda Knox&#...

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has accused John Kerry of inciting violence and called him a murderer

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has been accused by Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua of inciting violence and “murder”. Elias Jaua was reacting to comments by John Kerry, who accused Venezuela of waging a “terror campaign against its own people” in its response to protests. Venezuela has repeatedly accused the US of orchestrating the unrest, which already lef...

Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks

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Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks. It is the first launch of a Nodong missile since 2009 and marks a step up from the short-range rockets Pyongyang has fired in recent weeks. The launches also came on the fourth anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship. Washington and...

Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child will accede to the throne, even if she is a girl

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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child will accede to the throne – even if she is a girl. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s child will not be subject to the centuries-old law of primogeniture, which puts male heirs ahead of women, after a groundbreaking deal by David Cameron. British Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed a deal with other Commonwealth countries to c...

Liberia has confirmed the first two cases of Ebola, after spreading from neighboring Guinea

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Liberia has confirmed the first two cases of Ebola, after spreading from neighboring Guinea, where the deadly virus has killed 78 people. The two Liberian cases are sisters, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, officials say. As concern grows over the outbreak, Senegal has closed its normally busy border with Guinea. Ebola is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of its...

Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea for a five-day visit

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Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea for a five-day visit, where he will train the national basketball team. The former basketball player has previously described his visits as “basketball diplomacy”, and called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un his “friend for life”. The US State Department has stressed that Dennis Rodman is not representing the US government on this tri...

Merrill Newman has arrived in San Francisco after being released by North Korea

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Merrill Newman has arrived in San Francisco after being released by North Korea. North Korea’s state news agency said Merrill Newman was expelled on “humanitarian grounds” after confessing to “crimes” in the 1950-53 war and “apologizing”. The US veteran of the Korean War had been held since October 26 on charges of “hostile acts” against the N...

The Rhodes Trust has announced that 32 American students have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University in October 2014

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The Rhodes Trust has announced that 32 American students have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University in October 2014. The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England. Rhodes Scholarships were...

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium-210

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Polonium-210 is a naturally occurring radioactive material that emits highly hazardous alpha (positively charged) particles. It was first discovered by Marie Curie at the end of the 19th century. There are very small amounts of polonium-210 in the soil and in the atmosphere, and everyone has a small amount of it in their body. At high doses, the substance damages tissues and organs. Polonium-210,...

O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial has been rejected

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O.J. Simpson’s bid for a new trial has been rejected by a Las Vegas judge. The judge’s decision on Tuesday means O.J. Simpson must remain in a Nevada state prison where he is serving 9 to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping in a bungled attempt to retrieve personal items from two sports memorabilia dealers in 2007. O.J. Simpson’s bid for a new trial has been rejected The former...

MTV has announced its nominations for the 2014 Brand New poll

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MTV has announced its nominations for the 2014 Brand New poll. Sam Smith, The Vamps and Ella Eyre, who sings on Rudimental’s Waiting All Night, all appear in the list of acts predicted to be successful in the next 12 months. Joel Compass, George Ezra and Kwabs also made the rundown. MTV has announced its nominations for the 2014 Brand New poll The artists will go head-to-head in a public v...

North Korea has decided to deport US citizen Merrill Newman, who had been detained in the country since October

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North Korea has decided to deport US citizen Merrill Newman, who had been detained in the country since October. State news agency KCNA says Merrill Newman was expelled on “humanitarian grounds” after confessing to “crimes” in the 1950-53 war and “apologizing”. Merrill Newman, 85, had been held on charges of “hostile acts” against the North, while v...

Si Robertson finds himself with unlikely namesakes this year

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Duck Dynasty is among the TV shows influencing the hottest trends in baby names in 2013. Silas “Si” Robertson finds himself with unlikely namesakes this year. According to BabyCenter, Silas jumped to No. 112 among boys’ names on its annual list of popular baby names. Phil, the name of the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, the Robertsons of West Monroe, Louisiana, rose 32%, or 860 spots,...

Prof. Peter Higgs has revealed he did not know he had won the Nobel Prize until a woman congratulated him in the street

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Prof. Peter Higgs has revealed he did not know he had won the Nobel Prize until a woman congratulated him in the street. Prof. Peter Higgs, 84, who does not own a mobile phone, said a former neighbor had pulled up in her car as he was returning from lunch in Edinburgh. He added: “She congratulated me on the news and I said <<oh, what news?>>” The woman had been alerted by...

In her book, “Fairy Tale Interrupted”, RoseMarie Terenzio reveals that the couple was having serious troubles in their marriage and Carolyn Bessette had initially refused to join JFK on that ill-fated flight on July 16, 1999

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RoseMarie Terenzio, John F. Kennedy Jr.’s assistant, has revealed how she talked his wife Carolyn Bessette into taking the flight the couple perished on 12 years ago. RoseMarie Terenzio, 44, was JFK personal assistant, publicist and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In her book, “Fairy Tale Interrupted”, RoseMarie Terenzio reveals that the couple was having se...

The former French President Jacques Chirac has been given by a court a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust

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The former French President Jacques Chirac has been given by a court a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. Jacques Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing. President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges that dated back to his time as mayor of Paris. Jacques Chirac was accused of p...

Scott-Vincent Borba, 39, is said to have been a pillar of support for Demi Moore during her marriage breakdown

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After Demi Moore announced her intention to divorce her husband of six years Ashton Kutcher just last month, it appears that she is eager to move on, with a little help from her friends. Demi Moore, 49, has been linked to CEO of BORBA skin care products, Scott-Vincent Borba, according to Radar Online. Scott-Vincent Borba, 39, is said to have been a pillar of support for Demi Moore during her marr...

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Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released the 2012 List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 37th annual list, released Friday, was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe. The 2012 list also includes “occupy”, “ginormous”, “man cave” and “the new normal”. In all, a dozen words or p...

Prostate cancer screening is performed by two methods: the digital rectal examination (DRE), and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

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Recent studies emphasized the negative influence exerted by obesity on the risk to develop prostate cancer, the diagnostic and the recovery after surgical treatment. A meta-analysis of 25 prostate cancer studies over a 14 years period detailed the association between body mass index (BMI) and prostate cancer risk. For every 5-point BMI increase, the risk to develop an aggressive form of prostate...