Singers and composers from across the world have paid tribute to influential songwriter Burt Bacharach. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Burt Bacharach …While Bacharach continued to write and perform well into the 21st century, younger audiences were introduced to him through his multiple cameos in the Austin Powers trilogy. Bacharach first appeared in the closing scene of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery singing What The World Needs Now atop a double-decker bus. He then went on to cameo with fellow collaborator Elvis Costello in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, singing I'll Never Fall In Love Again. Finally, he made a brief appearance during the closing credits of 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember.
The Chinese Communist Party has unveiled its new, seven-member Politburo Standing Committee that is headed by leader Xi Jinping. Mr Xi abolished the presidential two-term limit in 2018, paving the way for him to govern indefinitely. He has consolidated power since becoming general secretary in 2012, partly through a wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign that brought down his political rivals. Wang HuningMr Xi's ideology tsar and existing Standing Committee member has been promoted to number four in the party line-up. Li Keqiang and Wang Yang, who were previously on the Standing Committee, have been removed.5 months ago NZCity
United Nations cultural and satellite agencies have joined forces to systematically track the impact of Russia's invasion on Ukraine's architecture, art, historic buildings and other cultural heritage. Geneva-based UNOSAT and UNESCO, the Paris-based educational, scientific and cultural agency, announced on Wednesday that they were finalising a database of cultural sites that compares before-and-after images bought from private-sector satellite companies. Among the sites listed was the Mariupol theatre, where Ukrainian authorities said about 1,000 people had sought shelter as Russian forces destroyed the city. Building on systems already used in places like Syria, UNESCO said it first tracked Ukrainian culture ministry alerts about damage to cultural sites. UNESCO experts have had no access to areas held by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, such as in Mariupol — whose battered remains fell into Russian control after a desperate holdout by Ukrainian forces earlier this year.5 months ago NZCity
Though thousands of kilometres away from the front-line in Ukraine, the consequences of Vladimir Putin's deadly war are being sharply felt in Kazakhstan. Russians flock to the church only to be turned awayPutin's war in Ukraine is having very real consequences for millions of people. Kazakhstan and Georgia both offer visa-free entry to Russian nationals, and are popular destinations for those fleeing the draft. The group, which includes Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, was set up after the collapse of the Soviet Union and is regarded by observers as a regional answer to NATO. "Countries [like Kazakhstan] are looking for new economic partners in dealing with Russia," Stronski said.5 months ago NZCity
Nearly 200 Rohingya were already feared dead or missing at sea this year. "We hope against hope that the 180 missing are still alive somewhere," UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said. "But they are now all gone … I'm totally devastated … we Rohingya are left to die … on the land, at sea. Some 57 other Rohingya reached Aceh on Sunday after nearly a month adrift. Two other boats carrying a total of 230 Rohingya landed on the shores of Aceh last month, while this month, Sri Lanka's navy rescued 104 people.3 months ago NZCity
Doctor Who fans have been thrown a surprise twist, with former Time Lord David Tennant reprising his role as the Doctor, after Jodie Whittaker's four-year stint as the first female Doctor comes to an end. Here's what you need to know about the feature-length episode, Tennant's surprise return and what comes next for the classic British sci-fi drama. Surprise cameos and a big twist in The Power of the DoctorThe Power of the Doctor saw Whittaker's Doctor take on her deadliest enemies: the Daleks, the Cybermen and her arch-nemesis, the Master. Instead of regenerating into her previously announced successor — Sex Education actor Ncuti Gatwa — Jodie Whittaker's Doctor returned as David Tennant, who played the Doctor between 2005 and 2010. Tennant told BBC News:"What a lovely, lovely thing to get to revisit something that was such a wonderful, happy, significant time in my life."5 months ago NZCity
Netflix has dropped a trailer for The Crown's controversial season 5 and it foreshadows the fate of Princess Diana as her love story with Prince Charles unravels. Here's what the trailer tells us about the season set to be released on November 9, 2022. The trailer shows snippets of military ceremonies in the rain, a Guy Fawkes day celebration, Princess Margaret at a ball and perhaps the most sought-after scenes — a look at how Princess Diana and Prince Charles' romance unfolded. And several iconic princess Diana moments are featured — from her 1994 revenge dress to her controversial 1995 Panorama interview. The preview doesn't give away how close season 5 will get to the story of Princess Diana's death.5 months ago NZCity
He appointed Sergei Surovikin, a notorious military veteran with a reputation for brutality, to be his new overall commander of operations in the war in Ukraine. General Surovikin himself has admitted the situation in Kherson is "tense" and called for residents to "evacuate". By March 2017, Surovikin was deployed as the fresh-faced commander to lead Russian forces in SyriaTheir task was to annihilate groups fighting Syrian government forces for control. Putin sends in his gold-star general to subdue UkraineWithin hours of taking the reins in Ukraine, Surovikin lived up to his nickname. On Telegram, he described him as "a real general and a warrior" and said he believed Russian forces were "now in safe hands".5 months ago NZCity