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Nick Vallelonga: Green Book writer sorry for Muslim 9/11 tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologised for a 2015 tweet in which he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he had seen “thousands and thousands” cheering – a claim that’s been widely discredited. Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was “100% correct”, but has now said sorry “for the hurt I have…

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Bob Einstein: Curb Your Enthusiasm actor and comedy writer dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comedian Bob Einstein, who appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and created the character Super Dave Osborne, has died Veteran comedy writer and actor Bob Einstein has died aged 76, his brother confirmed on Twitter. Albert Brooks, who is also a comedian, paid tribute to “a great brother, father and husband” and “brilliantly funny man”. “You will be missed forever,” he said. Einstein was most famous for the role of Marty Funkhouser in the HBO satirical comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he played from 2004…

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Bre Payton, US conservative news writer, dies at 26

Image caption Payton appeared on the BBC to debate President Trump calling the press “the enemies of the people” The conservative US writer and commentator Bre Payton has died at the age of 26 after falling ill. A friend, Morgan Murtaugh, found her unconscious on Thursday. She died in hospital where she was found to be suffering from H1N1 flu and meningitis. Online magazine The Federalist, which Payton wrote for, said she “brightened the lives of everyone around her”. Payton made several appearances for Fox News, and also appeared on…

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‘Look after my house for me’ letter writer tracked down

Image copyright Martin Johnstone When Martin Johnstone decided to redecorate his son’s childhood bedroom, he knew he would have some work to do. But one job was easier than he anticipated. When he ripped up the old carpet, he found a letter left by the room’s previous inhabitant. He decided to track the writer down. Just 18 hours after a picture of it was posted online, the writer had responded. Skip Twitter post by @charchar_94 It seems your post made its way to me. What a lovely suprise waking up…

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Jamal Khashoggi: Pompeo meets Erdogan over missing writer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia faces new claims the writer was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held talks with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The meeting in Ankara comes amid fresh allegations in the Turkish media that Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo met Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Riyadh. He said Saudi Arabia’s leaders “strongly denied” involvement in the writer’s disappearance. Turkey’s…

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Jamal Khashoggi case: ‘Credible’ probe needed over missing writer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance The UK, Germany and France have demanded a credible investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Their foreign ministers said that if anyone were found responsible they should be held accountable, and urged a detailed response from Riyadh. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that whatever happened now was “absolutely up to Saudi Arabia”. The Saudis deny Mr Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. A source quoted…

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Jamal Khashoggi case: Saudis defy ‘threats’ over missing writer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance Saudi Arabia rejects political and economic “threats” over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source quoted by state news agency SPA says. The country would respond to any punitive action “with a bigger one”, the unnamed senior source said. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. US President Donald Trump said he would “punish” Saudi Arabia if it were found responsible for killing…

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Ray Galton: Steptoe and Son writer dies aged 88

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Galton, left, is pictured here in 2014 with long-term collaborator Alan Simpson Ray Galton OBE, one of the “fathers and creators of British sitcom”, has died aged 88. In their 1950’s-70’s heyday he and co-writer Alan Simpson created classics such as Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son. In 2016, he and Mr Simpson were awarded Bafta’s highest honour, the Fellowship. The scriptwriter died on Friday night after a “long and heartbreaking battle with dementia”, his family said in a statement. “Ray passed away…

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The beat cop who became a crime writer

Image caption Denzil spent five years as a police officer in the 1980s Denzil Meyrick spent almost five years on the beat as a young constable in Glasgow. Thirty years on, he is about to release his seventh crime book. Denzil Meyrick knows more than most about crime. In the 1980s, he was pounding the streets of Glasgow as a beat cop. It was to prove invaluable when he launched his career as a crime writer six years ago. His books have focused on DCI Daley, a Glasgow detective who…

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IGN sacks writer amid YouTuber plagiarism controversy

Image copyright Motion Twin Image caption Motion Twin’s Dead Cells: The game at the centre of the controversy Prominent gaming news website IGN has apologised and sacked a writer who was alleged to have plagiarised a game review. The company was criticised after YouTuber Boomstick Gaming found similarities between his review of Motion Twin’s multiplatform title Dead Cells and IGN’s review of the same game. Although the IGN review has since been removed, it can temporarily still be accessed via Google’s webcache service. In response, IGN have removed the review…

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