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Last Updated: Friday, 21 May, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Baby girl for newsreader Raworth
BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth has given birth to a baby girl called Ella Rose Winter.

The baby, who was born at 3am on Thursday at London's Westminster Hospital, weighed 9lb 4oz.

The Six O'Clock News frontwoman and her husband, Richard Winter, said it was "the best day of our lives".

She said they were "really grateful to everyone" at the hospital, adding: "We're excited about getting to know our beautiful new daughter."


EastEnders' star Kasey Ainsworth has given birth to her first child, a girl named Blossom.

The 6lb 12oz baby was born on Thursday, at the same hospital in St John's Wood where Gwyneth Paltrow had her baby daughter last week.

A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actress, who plays Little Mo in the soap, said she and her fiance Darren Hales were "thrilled".

Ainsworth is currently taking a break from the show.


Rocker slams Europe over Burma

U2 frontman Bono has said he is "ashamed" by the lack of European support for sanctions against Burma.

Speaking at a US congressional hearing, he said Europe should "pay attention" to Burma, where democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest.

"I think we have a particular evil to deal with that needs a different and stronger response," he said of the country's military regime.

The U2 single Walk On By was dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi.


Billy Joel pens children's book

Singer Billy Joel will publish a children's book based on a 1993 song dedicated to his daughter.

Goodnight My Angel, the first of two book he will write, is based on a song he wrote for Alexa Ray while divorcing her mother, Christie Brinkley.

US firm Scholastic is expected to publish the book in the autumn of 2005.

"Reassuring children that they are not alone or could be abandoned is very important for their well-being," the singer said in a statement.


Toy firm sued by Schwarzenegger

Actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is suing a toy firm that sells "bobblehead" dolls of him wearing a suit and holding a large rifle.

His film company Oak Productions Inc claims the $19.95 (11.25) dolls illegally exploit the actor's image.

But Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc says the dolls are a political parody and are therefore protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

The film company said damages in the case could exceed $1m (564,000).


Actor Tony Randall dies at 84

Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Randall, best-known for his role as the uptight Felix in the US TV series The Odd Couple, has died aged 84.

"Mr Randall passed away on Monday evening at a hospital after battling with a long-term illness since January," said his spokesman.

The actor underwent triple bypass surgery last year but developed pneumonia after the operation.

Randall, a father of two, only became a parent for the first time at age 77.


Twins for Hollywood actress Davis

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has given birth to twin boys in Los Angeles, her spokesman has said.

The boys, named Kian William and Kaiis Steven, were born on 6 May and are "doing beautifully," the publicist said.

Davis, 48, and her husband, surgeon Dr Reza Jarrahy, already have a two-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar.

The actress won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1989 for her role as an eccentric dog trainer in The Accidental Tourist.


Actor Murray's lifetime honour

Actor Bill Murray has received a lifetime achievement award at a US film festival.

Murray, 53, who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his role in Lost in Translation, was honoured at the event in Jacksonville, Florida.

Kissing the glass-and-wood award, he said: "It smells like the ocean. It's the only award I have that does."

Murray's latest film, Coffee and Cigarettes, is a compilation of vignettes featuring actors and musicians playing versions of themselves as they indulge in banter.






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