Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Soldiers get comic relief
Baghdad, Iraq -- "Goooood morning Bagh-dad!"
With those words -- a play on his 1987 movie "Good Morning Vietnam" -- Robin Williams took the outdoor stage at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday and delivered a barrage of raunchy comedy.
Williams was the lead performer in a USO military show that also featured actress Shannon Tweed, wrestler Kurt Angle and stock car driver Mike Wallace. The show kicked off a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq with performances at the main airport in Baghdad.
"I'm looking at a group of heavily armed people here," Williams joked with the soldiers, most of them wearing helmets and body armor. "I'm telling myself, 'If you're not funny, it's a problem.'"
Manson inquiry dropped
Zurich, Switzerland -- Swiss authorities have dropped a criminal inquiry of Marilyn Manson, launched after a religious group complained about his stage act.
The Zurich district prosecutor's office said Monday it found no evidence to back allegations that the musician had incited violence and breached Swiss law protecting religion during a concert.
The Swiss-based group Christians for Truth had lodged a complaint about the singer. The Zurich prosecutor announced a formal investigation earlier this month.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is known for his macabre lyrics. Baptized as a satanist and an honorary priest in the Church of Satan, he has ripped a Bible during previous stage shows.
Connery battles hunger
Rome -- Adding his voice to a campaign against global hunger, Sean Connery is to appear in a holiday-season television ad to promote the work of a United Nations food agency.
In the commercial for the World Food Program, the Scottish-born actor delivers a message following footage that shows how the agency sends food to hungry people in remote areas around the world.
The food agency programs reach some 110 million people in 82 countries.
Supermodel expecting baby
Frankfurt, Germany -- German supermodel Heidi Klum is expecting her first child with Flavio Briatore, managing director of Renault's Formula One team, Klum said Tuesday.
Klum, 30, and Briatore, 53, have been together for about a year.
She declined to say when the baby was due or whether she already knew the sex of the child. "It doesn't matter as long as it's healthy," Klum said.