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A Minute With: Singer/songwriter Eileen Rose on Nashville's revival

By Claire Milhench LONDON (Reuters) - Boston-born Eileen Rose has a string of Americana albums under her belt, but her new record "Be Many Gone" has a more classic country feel, inspired by years of honing her craft in Nashville's honky-tonks with her side-project band, The Silver Threads. "Nashville is just screaming hot right now," Rose said, speaking to Reuters on the phone from country music's spiritual home. "Everything's booming - it's on all the top 10 lists of the hottest cities in the U.S."

Chile's "Gloria" wins for best picture at inaugural Platino Prizes

Panama City, Apr 6 (EFE).- Twenty-two Ibero-American countries have begun tearing down the walls separating its filmmakers at the first edition of the Platino Prizes, where Chilean film "Gloria," directed by Sebastian Lelio, emerged as the big winner. Panama City's Anayansi Theater was the venue for the award ceremony on Saturday, an event organized by the Spanish producers belonging to EGEDA and the Ibero-American FIPCA federation with the aim of consolidating the Ibero-American film brand and improving the distribution of the region's films.

Saskatchewan social services minister says she'll repay $3,600 car service cost

REGINA - A Saskatchewan cabinet minister says she will repay taxpayers for using a pricey car service on a trip to London and the top bureaucrat who made the booking and went along is on probation. Social Services Minister June Draude came under fire in the legislature again on Thursday for using a car service that cost $3,600 over four days.

Saskatchewan minister's travel costs raising red flag for Opposition NDP

REGINA - Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude is facing criticism for spending more than $3,600 on a car service during a four-day trip to London. The Opposition NDP has released freedom of information documents detailing Draude's trip to England, as well as to Ghana in June 2013. "We think this amount for transportation is really high, excessively high and we think this shows a growing sense of entitlement. We're concerned about this," New Democrat David Forbes said Wednesday.

Kazakh president appoints new PM as economy under pressure

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday brought business-friendly Karim Masimov back as prime minister as the Central Asian country's economy comes under pressure. Serik Akhmetov, in office since September 2012, stepped down just weeks after the energy-rich nation was forced to devalue its currency, the tenge, by 19 percent against the dollar, prompting rare street protests.

Uganda MPs in controversial pay rise demand

Members of Uganda's parliament caused a storm on Wednesday after it emerged they had demanded a massive raise in their salaries, already sixty times higher than most state employees. The request also came as the country's chief auditor reportedly complained that senior government officials and MPs had failed to account for millions of dollars in expenses.

Private jobs data signal 3 percent U.S. GDP growth: Moody's Zandi

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Solid company hiring in March signaled the U.S. economy is back on track to expand at a 3 percent clip in 2014 after a slow start hampered by harsh winter weather, Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi said on Wednesday. Private employers added 191,000 workers last month, slightly below economists' expectations, but gains for February were revised higher by almost 40,000, the ADP National Employment Report released earlier showed. The report is jointly developed with Moody's Analytics.

US private hiring picks up in March

US businesses added 191,000 jobs in March, returning to the level of job growth seen in December before bad winter weather hit the economy, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday. March job growth in the private sector was slightly above the 12-month average, but came in well below the consensus forecast of 215,000 net new jobs. The February number was revised up by 39,000 to 178,000 jobs.

Cameroon releases minister suspected of embezzling public funds

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A Cameroon minister has been release from jail a day after he was arrested and remanded in custody on suspected embezzlement of public funds, the Central African Nation's government spokesman said on Tuesday. Louis Bapes Bapes, minister for secondary education, was arrested on Monday on instructions from a judge of the country's Special Criminal Tribunal. The court was created in 2012 to try officials suspected of embezzling sums equal or above 50 million CFA francs ($105,100).

Mike Harcourt quits B.C. New Democrats after party 'blunders' and mistakes

VANCOUVER - Former British Columbia New Democrat premier Mike Harcourt has given up his party membership in a split he says was more in sorrow than in anger. Harcourt said Tuesday that the decision not to renew his membership came after a combination of mistakes made by the party and its leaders.
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