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Australia Emerging as New Casino Hotspot

Australia is emerging as the latest hotspot for casino operators as they look to attract Asia's high rollers to the gaming tables as well as its pristine beaches and popular centers like the Great Barrier Reef.

With a mining boom slowing, the prospect of thousands of new jobs and billions in tourist dollars has convinced Queensland and New South Wales to back four new casinos, despite fears over their potential environmental and social impacts.

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Russia Bans Swear Words in Art, Films

A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theater, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing.

The legislation, which was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses.

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TV Star Rolf Harris Guilty of Sex Assaults in Britain

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain since the 1960s, could face jail after his conviction Monday on 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls.

Australian-born Harris, 84 -- a TV presenter, artist and performer of amusing songs like "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" -- was found guilty of all the charges against him after a six-week trial.

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The Who Plans 50th Anniversary Tour, New Music

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Daltrey referred to the tour as the start of the Who's "long goodbye" during a news conference Monday at Ronnie Scott's jazz bar in London.

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Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Arrested in Drug Case

Actor Robert Downey Jr. thanked authorities Monday for arresting his 20-year-old son on suspicion of cocaine possession and said the family was determined to get him the help he needs.

Indio Falconer Downey was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after a car he was riding in was pulled over in West Hollywood, authorities said.

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Monty Python Promise Smut and Laughs for Reunion Shows

Featuring scantily clad dancers, a dead parrot and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, cult British comedy troupe Monty Python promised Monday that their long-awaited reunion shows in London would be spectacular -- and of course, very silly.

The five surviving members of the group -- John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones -- open a 10-night residency at the O2 stadium on Tuesday, their first live performances together since 1980.

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'Thin Is In' on Final Day of Paris Menswear

The last day of Paris menswear shows celebrated the young waif Sunday, with Saint Laurent and Lanvin channeling the motto: Thin is in.

Even rock star Lenny Kravitz was pushed back to a default second-row by skinny, near-adolescent groupies at Hedi Slimane's show.

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Dolly Parton Thrills Crowd at Glastonbury Festival

Dolly Parton has won over legions of hard rock fans at England's Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest events on the summer calendar.

The country legend played many of her hits to a crowd estimated at 150,000 people in her first ever performance at the often muddy festival at Worthy Farm in southwest England.

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Zendaya no Longer Playing Aaliyah in TV Film

Dust yourself off and try again Lifetime Network: Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in an upcoming film.

The 17-year-old Disney Channel star said Sunday that she pulled out of the project because "production-wise, (it) wasn't all the way there."

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Minaj at BET Awards: I Was Recently Near Death

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself.

The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist, where she thanked Lil Wayne for his support, talked about writing her own lyrics and about getting the credit she deserves in the industry.

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