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Comedian Sues O'Connor over Drugs-to-Prince Claim

Comedian Arsenio Hall on Thursday filed a $5 million libel suit against Irish singer Sinead O'Connor who alleged on Facebook that he provided drugs for decades to late pop icon Prince.

O'Connor -- whose best-known song, "Nothing Compares 2 U," was written by Prince -- said she had reported Hall to the sheriff's department in the Minneapolis suburbs that is investigating Prince's sudden April 21 death.

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Prince Secretly Donated Thousands to Afghan Orphans, Says Charity

Prince was famous worldwide for his music and extravagant outfits, but he was also a secret philanthropist in war-torn Afghanistan, quietly donating thousands to Scout masters caring for young orphans, a charity told AFP Thursday.

The pop icon, who died suddenly last month at the age of 57, gave tens of thousands of dollars to Physiotherapy and Rehabilitative Support for Afghanistan (PARSA), an NGO supporting vulnerable women and children, according to its executive director.

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Top Chinese Singer Tours Disputed South China Sea Islands

One of China's top folk singers is rocking her away across disputed territory in the South China Sea, serenading hundreds of troops and construction workers stationed there, Chinese media reported Thursday.

Song Zuying, who has performed with the likes of Canadian superstar Celine Dion, is part of an all-singing, all-dancing People's Liberation Army (PLA) entertainment tour of the Spratly Islands, reports said.

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Aussie Rock Legends Midnight Oil Reform

Australian rock band Midnight Oil, known for their intense live performances and political activism, announced Thursday they are reforming for gigs at home and overseas.

The Oils had worldwide hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s with "Beds are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" before disbanding in 2002 when frontman Peter Garrett entered politics.

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Jodie Foster Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame on Wednesday -- and revealed she was banned from the glitzy thoroughfare as a child.

The veteran actress was presented with the 2,580th star on the walk by longtime friend Kristen Stewart outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in the heart of Tinseltown.

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Radio Stations Mourn Prince with Song Simulcast

Leading U.S. radio stations Wednesday simultaneously played Prince's ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U" in a memorial over the airwaves to the late pop legend.

The Current, a Minnesota public radio station that has long been a leading news source on the music star and hometown hero, spearheaded the simulcast at 5:07 pm local time (2207 GMT).

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Report: Janet Jackson Expecting First Child at 49

Pop superstar Janet Jackson is expecting her first child at age 49, reports said Wednesday.

The younger sister of Michael Jackson stunned fans last month by halting a global tour and saying that she and her husband Wissam Al Mana were "planning our family."

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Fox Profit down despite 'Deadpool' Boost

The superhero film "Deadpool" provided a lift for 21st Century Fox revenues in the past quarter, but profits fell for the media-entertainment conglomerate.

The group created by mogul Rupert Murdoch reported a 14 percent drop in net profit in the quarter ending in March to $841 million.

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Rock Legends to Perform at Mega Concert

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who -- the most celebrated acts in rock'n roll -- will perform at a mega festival in October, organizers said Tuesday.

The iconic artists have been confirmed for the October 7-9 concert at the Empire Polo field in Indio, in the California desert, an event being billed by music lovers as one of the greatest concerts ever.

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Chanel Glitz Comes to Havana, Cubans Watch from Afar

French fashion house Chanel staged its first Latin American catwalk show in newly trendy Havana Tuesday, but ordinary Cubans were left watching the glitz from afar.

International celebrities and Cuban bigwigs graced the red carpet as Karl Lagerfeld showed his latest collection, which the German designer infused with the styles and colors of the Caribbean island.

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