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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Lennon back in the USSR
Authorities in the Russian town of Chelyabinsk are honouring late Beatle John Lennon by naming a street after him.

First proposed by journalists and musicians in the Ural Mountains city, the proposal was backed overwhelmingly by the city council.

The idea was inspired by the town's "secret twin" of Lennon, local musician Valery Yarushin, who is said to be the spitting image of the late performer.

Fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney sent an e-mail message saying he was happy to hear news of the tribute, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

The Beatles were hugely popular in Russia during Soviet times, when fans braved official disapproval to collect records of Western rock groups.

The news comes days after fans around the world marked what would have been his 60th birthday.

Boxer turns Latino singing star

Mexican-American boxer Oscar de la Hoya has released his debut album, following in the footsteps of his mother.

The 27-year-old welterweight world champion's music, with songs in both Spanish and English, is said to sound similar to Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

The son of a professional singer, de la Hoya grew up singing but never performed in public until he appeared on a popular Hispanic television programme.

In no time, the Olympic medal-winner signed a recording contract with EMI's Latin division, but says he has no plans to abandon his boxing career.

"I see no reason why I can't embrace two careers simultaneously in this age," de la Hoya said.

Geri is breast

Geri Halliwell has the best breasts in showbusiness, according to a survey of women conducted by a breast cancer charity.

The former Spice Girl beat actress Jennifer Lopez, model Elle MacPherson and pop singer Britney Spears to win the title.

More than 300 women across the UK voted in the poll by Pink Ribbon magazine, published this month to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Also appearing in the top 10 were Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, Big Breakfast presenter Denise Van Outen, and model-turned-actress Liz Hurley.

Gere as top US diplomat

Hollywood heart-throb Richard Gere has revealed that he'd like to do US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's job - at least for a day.

The star, whose films include Pretty Woman and Internal Affairs, told ABC television's Good Morning America that given a choice of being any woman for a day he would choose Albright.

Gere is no stranger to politics. He has campaigned for the Democratic party and publicly supported the Tibetan independence movement.

Of Albright, who is presently engaged in shuttle diplomacy to help revive the Middle East peace process, he said:

"I think she is in the middle of doing really important things right now."

Starring opposite De Niro

Actor Ben Stiller admits he was a bit intimidated by his co-star in the comedy Meet the Parents - Robert De Niro.

Stiller, who starred in There's Something About Mary, was cast opposite one of his favourite actors, who plays a father-in-law from hell.

"The intimidation factor remained throughout the movie. I never got used to being in the same room, and that was a good thing," Stiller said.

The film, by director Jay Roach - who also made the Austin Powers movies - debuted as the top film last weekend raking in $28.6m (19.7m).

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