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Monday, April 09, 2018

Ten Things of Fall and Face

Jay-Z raps about his lesbian mother/Getty
  1. Jay-Z says he cried with relief when his mum told him that she is gay.
  2. For the past 15 years fans of tormented superstar Leslie Cheung, one of the first celebrities to come out as gay in Asia, have gathered at Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel to mourn the day he took his own life.
  3. A buzzing drag scene is evolving in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, where homosexuality is still technically illegal.
  4. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has described New Zealand as "a racist place" where people "just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly".
  5. The latest episode of the Simpsons has addressed controversy surrounding Indian character Apu since Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu made a documentary last year, saying the character was founded on racial stereotypes.
  6. After police killed a burglary suspect in a shootout in Alabama, the officer was not charged - instead a teenage boy who did not fire the gun has been found guilty of his murder.
  7. The sexual assault retrial of the American actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, long considered a Hollywood trailblazer for African Americans, is due to begin in Pennsylvania.
  8. Four people had an "unbelievable" escape from death when wooden posts smashed through the window of a car after it hit a fence in Leeds. Police described the car's occupants as "four of the luckiest people our officers have ever seen".
  9. Russia has said no evidence has been found of a chemical weapons attack in Syria's formerly rebel-held town of Douma, but the US and France have threatened a "joint, strong response" to the suspected war crime.
  10. A giant statue of China's first emperor has fallen flat on its face - all six tonnes of it.

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