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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, the child actor who danced with Judy Garland, married Ava Gardner and made more than 250 movies, died Sunday at his home in North Hollywood. He was 93. Celebrity website TMZ said Rooney had been ill for some time and died of natural causes. Police in Los Angeles said members of his large family were at his side. "It is with sadness that I say my father has passed today," his son, choreographer Michael Rooney, said on Twitter. "I loved him and so did the world. He inspired so many. RIP dad."

Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93

Beloved US child star and comic actor Mickey Rooney, one of Hollywood's most enduring denizens whose career began in the silent film era, died on Sunday. He was 93. Rooney's son Michael Joseph Rooney confirmed the actor's death to the New York Times. The celebrity website TMZ said that Rooney had been ill for some time and died of natural causes. Rooney rose to fame alongside Judy Garland as the plucky diminutive lad -- he was 1.6 meters tall -- was in the successful "Andy Hardy" film series of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93: US media

Mickey Rooney, whose long Hollywood career began as a child star in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93, US media reported late Sunday. Rooney had been ill for some time, US entertainment media reported. The celebrity website TMZ said that Rooney died of natural causes. Rooney rose to fame as the plucky diminutive lad in the successful "Andy Hardy" film series of the late 1930s and early 1940s. He also had notable turns as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935) and in "National Velvet" (1944), opposite Elizabeth Taylor.

Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93: US media

Mickey Rooney, whose long Hollywood career began as a child star in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93, US media reported late Sunday. Rooney had been ill for some time, US entertainment media reported. The celebrity website TMZ, without mentioning a source, said that Rooney died of natural causes. ch/gk

Ted Turner rushed to clinic in Argentina with appendicitis: media

By Walter Bianchi and Jorge Otaola BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to hospital on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region before flying to Buenos Aires for appendicitis surgery, local media said. After being seen by doctors at the San Carlos clinic in the lakeside city of Bariloche, near an area where Turner owns property, the 75-year-old founder of cable TV network CNN was flown to the Argentine capital for treatment.

South Sudan hands most rebel detainees to Kenya

South Sudan released seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged coup bid last month, Kenya's presidency said Wednesday as Nairobi accepted to host the group. The seven men appeared at a press conference hosted by Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta in the capital Nairobi. Four leaders remain in custody in South Sudan, facing trial for attempting to topple the government. pjm/lc

South Sudan hands most rebel detainees to Kenya

South Sudan released seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged coup bid last month, Kenya's presidency said Wednesday as Nairobi accepted to host the group. The seven men appeared at a press conference hosted by Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta in the capital Nairobi. Four leaders remain in custody in South Sudan, facing trial for attempting to topple the government. pjm/lc

Bob Dylan guitar sells for nearly $1mln in New York

An electric guitar on which Bob Dylan performed a legendary set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at an auction in New York on Friday, Christie's announced. The price for the 1964 Fender Stratocaster smashed its pre-sale estimate of $300,000-$500,000 and made it the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction, Christie's said. The identity of the private buyer was not revealed.

Communist China restores Chiang Kai-shek's house, and image

China's Communist authorities have reverently restored an 80-year-old house once used by Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as changing relations with Taiwan transform an arch enemy into a recognised historical figure. Political differences were plastered over as Nanjing city -- once China's capital under the Nationalist party, also known as the Kuomintang -- spent $4.9 million to renovate the three-storey house at the base of a hill.

Dylan puts interactive video spin on 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Bob Dylan put a 21st-century interactive spin on a 48-year-old song that many consider his greatest composition when he released an official video for "Like a Rolling Stone." Posted on bobdylan.com, it invites viewers to channel-surf between mock TV shows where the song is lip-synched by newscasters, reality TV stars, tennis players, fashionistas, game show hosts and a levitating cartoon cat, among others. Dylan himself appears on a "Music 1 Classics" channel in vintage footage, performing the song in concert in 1966 alongside his background band The Hawks.
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