Monday 19 March 2018

Musical Jesus may be woman

Musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber says would-be singing stars are flying in from around the world in a bid to play the lead role in the new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

He said thousands of people had auditioned and that there was a chance he could cast a woman in the role.

He said: "We had a boy in from New Zealand; a boy from Israel; we had somebody come in from Lithuania. It's extraordinary where people are coming from and we've had 3,000 people in to audition, including a few girls -- one girl who was terrific."

Killer 'won't go to prison'

Anders Behring Breivik has been indicted on terror and murder charges for slaying 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, but prosecutors said the confessed killer likely won't go to prison for Norway's worst peacetime massacre.

Prosecutors said they considered the 33-year-old right-wing extremist psychotic and would seek a sentence of involuntary psychiatric care instead. They charged him under a paragraph in Norway's anti-terror law that refers to violent acts intended to disrupt key government functions or spread fears in the population.

Olympus boss on scam charge

Japanese prosecutors have charged the former chairman of Olympus Corp and five others in a high-profile scandal involving a cover-up of massive investment losses.

Tokyo prosecutors said they formally pressed charges against Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and five other former top officials at the Tokyo-based medical equipment maker. Olympus has said it hid 117.7 billion yen (¤950,000) in investment losses since the 1990s.

Bike scheme hit by swindle

Two fraudsters have admitted swindling ¤55,000 from the "Boris bike" scheme -- the London equivalent of the Dublin bike scheme.

Nana Boateng of Kingsway, Enfield, and Jose Dias, of Chatsworth Road, Clapton (both 26), admitted making dozens of bogus refund payments from the London cycle hire scheme to their friends.

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