Clinton lauded by Elton John
Elton John has honored former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV/AIDS at an annual event for his foundation. Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Tuesday night in New York City. She told the crowd at Cipriani’s restaurant that “we still have so far to go” when it comes to helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Rock and Roll greats listed
Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees yesterday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. Yes, Link Wray and The Zombies also received their first nominations. More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held in April next year in New York. Nirvana is nominated in its first year of eligibility. If selected for induction, the band would enter the hall of fame almost exactly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain’s suicide at age 27.
Dalai Lama speaks on weed
The Dalai Lama weighed in on the nation’s marijuana legalization debate on Tuesday, telling an audience that he backs the drug’s use for medicinal purposes. The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former president Vicente Fox, said that “the exception” for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues. “But otherwise if it’s just an issue of somebody [using the drug to have] a crazy mind, that’s not good,” he said after being asked his position on legalization at the outdoor event at the ex-president’s Fox Center in the central state of Guanajuato.
Nazi funeral canceled
The funeral of a Nazi war criminal was canceled in Italy late on Tuesday after clashes broke out between protesters and far-right activists on the eve of a major Holocaust ceremony. Catholic breakaway traditionalists from the ultra-conservative Society of St Pius X had agreed to hold the funeral of former SS officer Erich Priebke at their seminary in Albano, a town near Rome. However, mayor Nicola Marini and hundreds of local residents turned out to complain about the last-minute decision, following Priebke’s death on Friday in Rome, where he had been under house arrest. “Assassin,” protesters shouted as the hearse drove into the religious compound for the start of the ceremony, which was quickly suspended by a police order when neo-Nazis broke into the area.
Protesters clash with police
Protesters clad in black fought police on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo at the close of a march by striking teachers, damaging buildings until they were dispersed with tear gas. The demonstrators belong to an anti-capitalist group calling itself the Black Bloc. The newspaper Folha said 120 people were arrested in Rio and 56 in Sao Paulo, although police gave no official number. The clashes in Rio came after a march by 7,000 people as part of a two-month-old strike by teachers seeking salary hikes. Protesters hurled homemade explosive devices and tore metal shutters from buildings to use as shields against police firing tear gas.