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Mariah Carey cancels show in Brussels amid safety concerns

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>U.S. pop star Mariah Carey said on Friday that she was canceling a tour stop in Brussels amid safety concerns following attacks this week that killed 31 people and injured some 270 more.

The songstress, one of the best-selling female solo artists of recent times, was slated to perform in the now-racked Belgian city on Sunday as part of her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” European tour.

“I love my fans in Brussels and at this time I am being advised to cancel my show for the safety of my fans, my band, crew and everyone […] involved with the tour. I hope to see you soon and send my prayers and eternal love,” she said in a statement on her Twitter account.

Carey, perhaps best known for her 90s hits like “Hero,” “Fantasy,” and “Always Be My Baby,” is set to wrap up her tour with back-to-back performances in Johannesburg in May.

Belgian police arrested three more people on Friday as investigations into Tuesday’s suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Brussels threw up more links to killings in Paris last year. Friday’s arrests brings the total taken into custody to nine.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Source: R-HMovies


Cricket-West Indies beat South Africa by three wickets

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NAGPUR, India, March 25 West Indies beat South Africa by three wickets in their World Twenty20 Super 10 match on Friday to book their spot in the semi-finals from Group One.

The West Indian bowlers restricted South Africa to 122-8 after captain Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to field and the 2012 winners chased down the target with two balls to spare as they secured a third straight win.

Source: R-Csports


Fans line up hours ahead of Rolling Stones debut show in Cuba

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HAVANA Long-denied Cuban fans of the Rolling Stones and foreigners who made a special trip lined up outside a Havana sports complex hours before the gates were to open on Friday for a historic rock concert in Cuba.

The Stones will become first major international rock stars to play Cuba with a free show due to start at 8:30 p.m. (0030 GMT).

Fans started gathering more than 12 hours ahead of time. Barriers kept them from the football and baseball fields where hundreds of thousands are expected to mass for the show. Police said people would be let in at 2 p.m.

“I love Mike Jagger so much. I’ve always dreamed about this. I couldn’t sleep knowing he would be here,” said Angela Menendez, who cleans floors in a hospital and said she arrived at 2 a.m.

People were dressed all manner of jeans, T-shirts and boots with the Stones’ tongue and lips logo. Noticeably absent were any would-be entrepreneurs selling any T-shirts or memorabilia.

Cubans have taken to coloring the tongue with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, whether in the mistaken believe that the British rock legends were American or in the spirit of this week’s historic visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Bob Pover, a consultant from Montreal, said he has planned to attend since December, when he first heard rumors the Stones would play Havana.

“I’m not a huge Rolling Stones fan, but this is history. How could you miss it?” Pover said. “It’s more than a music show.”

The Communist government once banned the Stones and other rock music as a “ideological deviation.” Though never a legal statute, the taboo did not ease completely until the 1980s.

“Time changes everything,” Jagger told reporters upon his arrival at Havana airport on Thursday.

Sjoerd Olrichs, 67, said he became a Rolling Stones fan when he fired heard “Not Fade Away” on the radio in his native Netherlands in 1964 and has seen 77 Stones concerts since 1970.

“To me it’s not about seeing the Rolling Stones. It’s about seeing the Rolling Stones in Cuba. It’s special for the Cuban people,” Olrichs said.

Cuban Juan Carlos Leon, 57, called it more than special.

“To me this is a consecration,” Leon said while nearby fans broke into their own a cappella version of Satisfaction. “I’ve waited my whole life for this. The Stones are the greatest.”

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Additional reporting by Nelson Acosta; Editing by W Simon)

Source: R-HMovies

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