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Uzbekistan bans Valentine's Day

Authorities in Uzbekistan are, apparently, unwilling to give love a chance, with news reports claiming that concerts and other events for Valentine's Day have been cancelled in the country.

Last year, the 'Turkiston' newspaper described Valentine's Day as the work of "forces with evil goals bent on putting an end to national values".

The landmark clock tower containing Big Ben at Britain's Palace of Westminster is tilting, while the parliament building is slipping into the River Thames, raising fears over its future.

The House of Commons commission is due to discuss a surveyor's report, which recommends repairs costing up to £1bn.

Broadcaster Kirsty Young says she cannot get fired up by complaints that TV bosses discriminate against older women.

The 43-year-old, who hosts 'Desert Island Discs' on BBC Radio 4, said: "I know I didn't get the job because of my looks, which are average, but because they thought I could do the job."

This year's Olivier Awards will include a live link-up to New York featuring British stars who are performing on Broadway.

The theatrical awards will be held at the Royal Opera House in central London on Sunday April 15.

Playboy playmate Karissa Shannon has threatened to sue 'Celebrity Big Brother' after actress Denise Welch pulled down her pyjama bottoms.

The incident occurred as the pair were dancing on a sofa during a boozy party on the Channel 5 show. Ms Shannon was outraged at having her bottom exposed, and she stormed into the Diary Room to warn that she would take legal action.

FOR Daniel Radcliffe, it's time to forget Harry Potter. The 22-year-old actor takes on his first adult movie role in Victorian-era horror film 'The Woman in Black'.

Hitting cinemas in Ireland and Britain on February 10, the movie is a step into the unknown for an actor who grew up on the set of one of Hollywood's most successful series.

Irish Independent