Winslet set for French 'Oscar'
British actress Kate Winslet is to receive an honorary award next month from organisers of the French equivalent of the Academy Awards.
The versatile 36-year-old, now on French screens in Roman Polanski's clashing-couples film Carnage, will receive the honorary Cesar at the ceremony on February 24.
France's Academy of Cinematic Arts and Techniques presented nominations for the 37th Cesar Awards ceremony on Friday.
Dutch closer to banning burqa
The Dutch cabinet moved a step closer to banning the burqa.
Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen said yesterday the cabinet agreed on plans to ban the head-to-toe Islamic gown along with other forms of face-covering clothing including ski masks.
The legislation must still be approved by both houses of the Dutch Parliament, a process that could take months.
Ricin recipe man jailed for 2 years
A man who had a recipe for a deadly poison and documents about how to make bombs has been jailed for two years and three months.
Asim Kausar (25), from Bolton, Greater Manchester, had the information on a computer memory stick which contained details about the toxin ricin, assassination and torture techniques, and how to construct improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Kausar, of Bardon Close, Halliwell, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court to four counts of collecting a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between January 1 2009 and June 4 2011.
Amnesty urges violence probe
An international rights group called on Romanian authorities to investigate allegations of police violence against demonstrators during two weeks of anti-government street protests.
Amnesty International said video footage showed police beating two people who were not behaving violently. It also claimed police hit and sprayed chemicals on a man lying on the ground.