Six arrested over Euro coins racket

Berlin, April 01: German prosecutors have arrested six people on suspicion that they masterminded a move that saw discarded euro coins brought back into circulation in Germany. The suspects tried to cash the re-minted coins at Germany’s central bank. Prosecutors suspect that the coins were reassembled in China where European Union officials had earlier discarded the coins as scrap.

Italy bars TV cameras from Berlusconi’s ‘Ruby’ trial

Milan, April 01: Television crews will be barred from the courtroom where Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is due to be tried for paying for sex with an underage erotic dancer nicknamed ‘Ruby’, according to a Thursday ruling.

Italy’s attorney general Laura Bertole Viale and state prosecutor Manlio Minale signed the ordinance. It reversed an earlier ruling saying that only Italy’s public broadcaster RAI could film the trial, which begins April 6 at a court in the northern Italian city of Milan.

Bieber, Kutcher team up for new film

London, April 01: Singer Justin Bieber is set to make his movie debut alongside actor Ashton Kutcher with “Kenny”.

According to Los Angeles Times, the “buddy comedy” presented by Sony Films is about “a relationship between a 17-year-old and his thirtysomething self”.

The film is described as an R-rated comedy that was originally set to be produced by MGM/United Artists in 2008.

However, the new draft is “less raunchy” and involves Kutcher’s character jumping back in time to help his younger self, played by Bieber, reports


Schwarzenegger to star in ‘The Governator’

London, April 01: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen as part of an animated film “The Governator”.

Schwarzenegger, who served as governor of California, is returning with a superhero TV series, developed in collaboration with comic book artist Stan Lee – creator of “Spider-Man”, the “X-Men” and “The Hulk”.

“When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘The Governator’, I thought the word was so cool,” he told Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Oil soar on Libya violence

New York, April 01: Crude oil prices Thursday settled near $107 a barrel after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s troops recaptured the oil producing towns of Ras Lanuf and Brega from the rebels in eastern Libya.

Light, sweet crude for May delivery surged by $2.45, or 2. 35 percent to settle at $106.72 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its highest close since September 2008.

In London, Brent crude for May delivery also traded sharply higher around $117 a barrel.

Kerry Katona to relaunch singing career

London, April 01: Singer Kerry Katona is planning to relaunch her music career.

“Career-wise, because you get your hopes up and then get let down, you’re best off just taking it easy. But there’s definitely music in the pipeline and acting. But nothing I can confirm right now, quoted the former Atomic Kitten star as saying.

“Lots of offers have come in, I’m just deciding which one to do,” she added.


Oil prices to rise with demand from India and China: Obama

Washington, March 31: With rapid increase in demand from India and China, the prices of oil in the global market would continue to increase, the US President Barack Obama has said.

He said if one looks at the long-term trends, there are going to be more ups in gas prices than downs in gas prices.

DMK trying to bribe voters through freebies: Sushma

Tirupur (TN), March 31: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today accused Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK of trying to bribe the voters by promising freebies like grinders and laptops in its manifesto for April 13 Assembly polls.

Launching BJP’s election campaign at the country’s hosiery hub here, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha said DMK remembered the electorate only during election time.

“They could have given these items in the last five years.

Why (make the promise) only at the time of elections? They want to bribe and garner votes”, she alleged.