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Dalai Lama leaves U.S. clinic after health check Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after what his office called a routine annual check-up, hospital officials said on Wednesday.

Dalai Lama leaves U.S. clinic after health check

Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after what his office called a routine annual check-up, hospital officials said on Wednesday. The 80-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate canceled planned visits in the United States in October at the advice of doctors who urged him to rest for several weeks, his office said in a statement on Friday. His office gave no indication that he was ill nor any details about his state of health.

Court upholds charges against photographer who chased Justin Bieber

A Los Angeles appeals court on Wednesday upheld criminal charges against a photographer who pursued pop star Justin Bieber at high speed on a Los Angeles freeway in 2012, saying the charges did not violate freedom of the press. Celebrity photographer Paul Raef was the first person to be prosecuted under California's anti-paparazzi law, which was drafted in 2010 to crack down on aggressive, reckless behavior by people taking photos commercially.

Trafigura founder, commodity trade giant Claude Dauphin dies


Claude Dauphin, the powerful and influential oil and metals trader who built Trafigura into one of the world's biggest commodity players, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64. The famously hardworking and secretive Frenchman, who shunned publicity throughout his four-decade career, died in Bogota, Colombia, where he was inspecting Trafigura's new facilities. He is survived by his wife and three children, the Swiss-based company said in a statement.

Ex-girlfriend of actor Jim Carrey dead in suspected suicide

Actor Jim Carrey said he was "shocked and deeply saddened" on Tuesday by the apparent suicide of a former girlfriend. Cathriona White, 30, an Irish-born make-up artist who was pictured out with Carrey in the past several months, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment on Monday night, Los Angeles deputy chief coroner Ed Winter said.

Cindy Crawford says wrote book to mark 50th birthday

American model Cindy Crawford says she decided to write a book to help mark her upcoming 50th birthday. Crawford celebrated the release of "Becoming" with a book signing in New York on Tuesday.

Bill Cosby accused of three more sexual assaults as deposition looms

Three more women came forward on Wednesday to accuse veteran comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago, charges that come a week before Cosby is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in a separate sexual assault lawsuit. Sharon Van Ert, Pamela Abeyta and Lisa Christie appeared at a Los Angeles news conference and alleged that Cosby assaulted them. They were teary-eyed as they gave their accounts.

Lady Gaga chosen as Billboard's woman of the year


Lady Gaga was named woman of the year by music magazine Billboard after a 2015 that saw her channel Julie Andrews at the Oscars, tour with Tony Bennett and highlight the problem of college sexual assaults. Gaga was chosen because she has been "a key influential figure who drove the conversation" this year, said Janice Min, who oversees Billboard as co-president of parent company Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, in a statement on Tuesday.

Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in fatal car crash: prosecutors

Former Olympic champion and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in connection with a crash in Malibu earlier this year that killed a 69-year-old woman, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. Based on the facts in the case, prosecutors lacked evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's conduct was unreasonable, according to documents provided by Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country's only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for "disrespect of the leaders of the revolution" over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro. Danilo Maldonado, 32 and known as "El Sexto," has been held since December for painting "Fidel" and "Raul" on the backs of a pair of pigs in apparent reference to former leader Fidel Castro and his brother and current president, Raul Castro, Amnesty said in a statement.

Spanish tenor Carreras to sing 'A Life in Music' in London

Spanish tenor Jose Carreras, 68, a founding member of the Three Tenors classical trio, will give the premiere of a retrospective show entitled "A Life in Music" next year at London's Royal Albert Hall. The Barcelona native, who became a star of the world opera stage in the 1970s and later rose to superstardom alongside Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in the Grammy-winning tenor trio, is scheduled to perform the show on May 15, 2016, the promoters said on Thursday.


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