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Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
'Kylie's hotpants' dropped from sale
Organisers of a charity auction have been forced to withdraw a pair of hotpants from the sale after earlier saying they had belonged to Kylie Minogue and worn in one of her videos.

The item was taken out of the sale after the organisers admitted they were not certain the pants had ever been worn by the singer.

A spokeswoman said: "We can't verify whether these pants are authentic or not so unfortunately we have had to pull them from the auction."

She said the organisers were now unsure who had donated the hotpants to the auction, which was being held on Thursday at London's Alexandra Palace.


Three tenors perform final football show

Classical tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti are to stage a concert in Yokohama, Japan in June to mark the World Cup soccer finals.

The Three Tenors have become a fixture at football's top tournament, having performed at the last three finals in Rome, Los Angeles and Paris.

But they have decided this will be the last time they perform together at the World Cup.

The concert will be held on 27 June at the 10,000-seat Yokohama Arena and will also feature three singers each from the World Cup host countries, South Korea and Japan.


Baby boy for Depp and Paradis

Actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis are celebrating the birth of their second child, a baby boy.

Paradis gave birth to Jack John Christopher Depp III in Paris, on 9 April.

A spokeswoman for the couple said: "Mother and son are doing great."

Depp and Paradis are also parents of a two-year-old girl, Lily-Rose.


Cruise returns for MI:3

Tom Cruise is to star in a third installment of action movie Mission Impossible.

He will return as Ethan Hunt in the film, which is based on the 1960s TV series about a special undercover unit.

The first movie was shot by Brian de Palma, with John Woo handling the sequel.

Mission Impossible III will be made by Cruise's own C/W Productions for Paramount with Seven and Panic Room director David Fincher in negotiations to direct the film.

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