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Bus blown up on London bridge for Jackie Chan film

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A double-decker bus was blown up on a London bridge on Sunday as part of a stunt for an action thriller movie, but the blast surprised some residents.

The explosion, on the city’s Lambeth Bridge, was for “The Foreigner”, which stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

Members of the London Fire Brigade were on standby and later shared a video of the blast.

A notice was put out before the stunt was carried out however some locals were taken by surprise and took to Twitter to say so.

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Director hopes Oscar-nominated film will help end Pakistan honor killings

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honor killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year.

The film, which follows the story of a young woman who survived attempted murder by her father and uncle after marrying a man without their approval, was nominated for an Oscar in January, prompting Pakistan’s prime minister to pledge to take a firm stand against the “evil” practice.

More than 500 men and women died in honor killings in 2015, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Many of these crimes, carried out by relatives who say their mostly female victims have brought shame on the family, are never prosecuted, observers say.

“People need to realize that it is a very serious crime,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy told Reuters in an interview in the southern city of Karachi.

“It’s not something that is part of our religion or culture. This is something that should be treated as pre-meditated murder and people should go to jail for it.”

Obaid-Chinoy’s film “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, scheduled to air on HBO in March, tells the story of 19-year-old Saba from Pakistan’s Punjab province.

After marrying a man without the agreement of her family, Saba’s father and uncle beat her, shot her in the face, put her in a bag and threw her in a river, leaving her for dead.

Saba survived, and set out to ensure that her attackers were brought to justice.

Her father and uncle were arrested and went to jail, but Saba was pressured to “forgive” her attackers. That option under Pakistani law can effectively waive a complainant’s right to seek punishment against the accused, even in the case of attempted murder.

Altering the law to remove the possibility of “forgiveness” could help reduce the number of honor killings in Pakistan, advocates of such a change say.

An act that would amend the law across Pakistan was passed by one house of parliament last year, but did not clear the other chamber due to delays, said Sughra Imam, who introduced the bill when she was a lawmaker.

Both she and Obaid-Chinoy hope the attention the film has received abroad and at home, including from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, might help push the amendments through.

“The greatest win of ‘A Girl in the River’ would be if the prime minister does take the lead, brings the stakeholders on board and they pass the (act),” Obaid-Chinoy said.

After the film was nominated in the short documentary category, Sharif issued a statement congratulating the filmmaker and pledging his government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of the “evil” of honor killings by “bringing in appropriate legislation.”

Obaid-Chinoy has already won an Oscar in the same category for “Saving Face”, a film about acid attacks in Pakistan.

Sharif invited the director to screen the new film at his residence to an audience of prominent Pakistanis.

Although it is not clear exactly how Sharif proposes to change existing legislation, Obaid-Chinoy said his reaction was a pleasant surprise.

“This could be (Sharif’s) legacy … that no woman in this country should be killed in the name of honor, and if she is, people should go to jail for it,” she said.

“The world is watching.”

(Editing by Mike Collett-White)


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Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show

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Sports | Mon Feb 8, 2016 7:56am IST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. |

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Coldplay was the headline act at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle for a lively, upbeat performance that paid homage to previous halftime show headliners.

While known mainly for mellow hits, British alt-rockers Coldplay amped up the energy with their upbeat hit “Viva La Vida,” surrounded by dancing violinists and standing on a colorfully illuminated stage floor.

The band then performed its hits “Paradise” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” before a black-leather-clad Mars, who headlined the halftime show in 2014, bounced in, singing and dancing through his hit “Uptown Funk!,” with producer Mark Ronson on DJ decks on stage.

But all eyes were on Beyonce, who sang and gyrated her way through her latest single “Formation” – a power anthem to race and feminism that debuted Saturday.

Her Bruno Mars-partnered version of “Formation” was considerably lighter in tone than the video and single. The ad immediately following the show announced her “Formation” tour.

Beyonce and Mars joined Coldplay frontman Chris Martin for a quick re-visit to “Uptown Funk!,” ending on Coldplay’s uplifting ballad “Fix You,” with images of past halftime performers including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Black Eyed Peas.

Even for music’s biggest stars, the Super Bowl halftime show is the largest stage of their careers, drawing more than 100 million viewers to the live event.

(Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Sara Catania and Mary Milliken)

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