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Comedian Larry Wilmore to host White House correspondents' dinner

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WASHINGTON The White House Correspondents’ Association said Comedy Central late-night host Larry Wilmore would headline its annual April dinner, which is known for its playful ribbing of both politicians and the news media.

The host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will be the main performer at the mixer of Washington’s political and media elite, the association said on Wednesday.

Wilmore’s “edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he’s certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes,” association President Carol Lee said in a statement.

“We don’t expect the nation’s news media to escape unscathed, either,” said Lee, a Wall Street Journal reporter.

Before hosting his own show, Wilmore wrote for NBC’s “The Office” and appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as the “senior black correspondent.”

He took to Twitter to respond to the announcement Wednesday, tweeting: “I’m beyond excited for this!”

The association will also honor student scholarship recipients at the April 30 dinner.

Past performers at the event, which has been held for more than eight decades, include Jay Leno, Steven Colbert, Cedric the Entertainer and Conan O’Brien. Last year, “Saturday Night Live” performer Cecily Strong became the fourth woman ever to headline it.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)


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In Germany, birthrate peaks while mothers become older

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BERLIN German women gave birth last year at the highest rate since the country’s reunification in 1990 with 1.47 births per woman, the Federal Statistics Office said on Wednesday.

It is the third consecutive increase of the country’s birth rate, which in 1990 was at 1.45 and reached its lowest point in 1995 with 1.25 births per woman.

The statistic’s office said women were also giving birth later. While on avaerage women were 24.8 years old at the birth of their first child in 1990, they were 29.5 years old on average in 2014.

Birth rates differ between Germany’s eastern and western states even 25 years after reunification, with women in the eastern part of the country giving birth to more children.

Europe’s biggest economy struggles with an ageing population in a country where deaths outstrip births since 1972 and no other country in the world has experienced such a constant birth deficit since 1945.

Berlin estimates that its working age population will shrink by 6 million people by 2030 and generous pro-family policies by successive governments were aiming to reverse the trend.

Some experts also see a possible boost in birth rates and a reduction of average population age by means of the recent migrant influx. Germany expects the arrival of one million asylum seekers this year, the majority of which are under 25 years old.

(Reporting by Tina Bellon Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)


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"Star Wars" force finally awakens for fans around the world

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PARIS/LONDON “Star Wars” fans rejoiced at the chance to see the much-anticipated next instalment of the sci-fi saga on Wednesday as the movie began hitting cinemas worldwide, winning mostly glowing reviews.

Donning Stormtrooper and Darth Vader masks, dressed in capes and holding lightsabers, fans young and old turned out for screenings of “The Force Awakens”, some queuing for hours to watch the first “Star Wars” film in 10 years.

Parisian movie-goers got in line before sunrise.

“It is a phenomenon which goes beyond the film itself, it is extraordinary … An event like this cannot be missed,” said Benoit Alix, wearing a Stormtrooper mask.

Most critics heaped praise on the film in the first reviews, published on Wednesday after an embargo.

“As the best ‘Star Wars’ anything — film, TV show, video game, spinoff, what-have-you — in at least 32 years, ‘The Force Awakens’ pumps new energy and life into a hallowed franchise in a way that both resurrects old pleasures and points in promising new directions,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy wrote.

Rottentomatoes.com, which collects film reviews from across the world, had found only three negative notices out of 113 covered by 1400 GMT.

The movie, which stars veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill as well as many newcomers, has been shrouded in secrecy.

“I was brought up with (“Star Wars”), I was practically bottle-fed with it,” jedi-dressed Quentin Encina said in Paris. “I have loved it ever since I can remember,” added the 24-year-old.

“For ‘Star Wars’, a sequel is a must,” singer Tim Omaji said in Sydney. “The story can’t end, not yet and I’m excited to see where it goes.”

Eager movie-goers gathered early at London’s Leicester Square ahead of the film’s premiere in the British capital later on Wednesday.

“I love (that) they could gather all the stars from the original movies together because that brings us a sense that they are staying true to the story and I hope they can achieve that,” Louis, a Brazilian exchange student, said.

“The Force Awakens” opens in most countries this week.

(Reporting By Sophie Kinloch in Paris; Anastasia Gorelova and Marie-Louise Gumuchian in London and Jill Gralow in Sydney; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


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