Category archives: Celebrity

Why JP Singh is every Indian farmer's best friend

How did an unassuming Varanasi farmer and school dropout come to be sought after by farmers, praised by experts and awarded by the government for his famous seeds? I’m in Varanasi, looking for the house of JP Singh. Spirituality soaks everyone and everything in Varanasi, also called Benares and Kashi – the holiest of seven holy cities in Hinduism. Key to the founding of both Buddhism and Sikhism, home to […]

The Girl whose rape changed the country

She was attacked at a rural police station, and her landmark case awakened India decades ago. But did she manage to love, have children, find happiness? New headlines about rape in my homeland set me on a journey to find her. She was 14, maybe 16, when they raped her. It was 1972, and I was 9. The India of her youth was the India of mine — except she […]

Return of the monkey woman: When this Bradford housewife said she was raised by capuchins, she was greeted with disbelief - so we joined her to seek her jungle family

Marina Chapman claims she was raised by capuchin monkeys in Colombia She had been left in the jungle aged five after a botched kidnap The 63-year-old from Bradford says the monkeys ‘cared for her’ A film team followed her back to the jungle to see if her story is true Deep in the Colombian  jungle the humid air is heavy with the incessant buzz of swarms of mosquitoes which engulf […]

Max Mosley: Why I took on Google over orgy images

STORY HIGHLIGHTS French court orders search engine Google to remove Max Mosley orgy pictures Courts had previously ruled the images must not be shown Max Mosley: Images he fought to establish were illegal, continually reappear on Google I think there is something seriously wrong with the culture at Google – Mosley I am pleased and relieved that the court in Paris finally found in my favor this week in my […]

Pope Francis lives with mind in heaven and feet on earth, says Rabbi friend

  One of Pope Francis’ dearest friends is none other than a Jewish Rabbi. And Rabbi Abahram Skorka, who has known Pope Francis for 15 years, since he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, has a concise description of what makes Francis’ papacy different from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger. Pope Francis “lives with his mind in heaven and with his feet on Earth,” Rabbi Skorka told CNN’s Christiane […]

Mexican Supreme Court overturns decision that freed drug lord

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Mexico’s Supreme Court declares an August appeals court ruling invalid Rafael Caro Quintero, a former cartel leader, is accused of killing a DEA agent A Mexican judge overturned his conviction in a surprise ruling in August The U.S. State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture Mexico’s high court has overturned a lower court ruling that freed Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro […]

My husband did NOT kill JFK: Lee Harvey Oswald’s reclusive widow is convinced he was not the assassin… and believes her phone is still being bugged on 50th anniversary of his death

Marina Oswald Porter, a 72-year-old grandmother has lived with her second husband Ken in Rockwall, Texas since the mid-Seventies She has two daughters by Oswald and a son with her second husband The assassin’s ring sold to an anonymous Texas bidder on October 24 for $108,000 – Mrs Porter will keep the proceeds Fifty years after her husband became one of the most reviled men in American history Marina Porter […]

Manna Dey: Legendary Indian singer dies

Indian singer Manna Dey has died in a Bangalore hospital at the age of 94. Dey had been ill for the past few months and was in hospital for a respiratory infection. His funeral is due to take place later on Thursday. Born Prabodh Chandra Dey in 1919, Dey was popularly known as Manna, and was credited with several hit Bollywood songs. He sang in several languages including Hindi, Bengali, […]

sharing Nazi war criminal Priebke dies at 100

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Erich Priebke was under house arrest at the time of his death He was sentenced to life in prison for war crimes He was convicted for his role in the massacre of 335 people in 1944 Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who was serving a life sentence for his role in the massacre of 335 people in Italy in 1944, has died, his lawyer said Friday. Priebke, 100, […]

'I just wanted to die': Ricky Hatton reveals how he came close to slashing his wrists as alcohol and drugs gripped his life

He describes how depression took hold after losing to Floyd Mayweather The 34-year-old tried to commit suicide with a knife on several occasions Ricky Hatton has revealed how his life became enveloped by drink and drugs – and that he came to the brink of suicide several times. The former boxer admits that depression took hold after he lost his first-ever boxing match, to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in […]