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Following is a summary of current people news briefs.

Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

PARIS (Reuters) - Film star Gerard Depardieu denied that he
was leaving his homeland for tax reasons on Monday, saying
that, although he now had a Russian passport, he was still very
much French. In an interview with sports channel L'Equipe 21 -
his first since a row broke out in December over his decision
to buy a house over the border in Belgium - Depardieu said that
if he had wanted to leave to avoid tax hikes he would have gone
earlier.

Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a
star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As he famously droned on-screen in
his signature "Terminator" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger is
back. A year after leaving the California governor's office and
becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's
housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the
65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three
Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.

French actor Depardieu meets Putin, picks up Russian
passport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu met
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea town of Sochi
and obtained his Russian passport, the Kremlin said on Sunday,
after he left his homeland to avoid a new tax rate for
millionaires. Putin signed a decree on Thursday granting
Russian citizenship to Depardieu, who objected to French
Socialist president Francois Hollande's plan to impose the 75
percent tax rate. His decision to quit France had prompted
accusations of national betrayal.

Mandela recovers from surgery, lung infection: official

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President
Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery
to remove gallstones that kept him in hospital for nearly three
weeks, the government said on Sunday. Mandela, 94, who has been
in frail health for several years, spent most of December in a
Pretoria hospital - his longest stay for medical care since his
release from prison in 1990.

Venezuela searches for fashion boss Missoni's plane

CARACAS/MILAN (Reuters) - Venezuelan air and sea rescue
services were searching on Saturday for a plane carrying
fashion executive Vittorio Missoni, his wife and four others
which went missing off the coast of Venezuela. The plane
carrying Missoni, 58, his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, another
couple and two Venezuelan crew members disappeared after taking
off from the resort of Los Roques, an archipelago off the
coast, the company said in a statement.

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