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Former “Game of Thrones” actor Richard Madden in talks to join Elton John biopic

ABC/Randy HolmesFormer Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is in talks to join the Elton John biopic Rocketman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor will reportedly play Elton’s former manager, John Reid, who worked with the pop-rock legend for over three decades beginning in the ’70s. He’ll join Taron Egerton, who is playing Elton.

It was previously reported that Billy Elliot‘s Jamie Bell was in negotiations to play John’s longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.

Madden previously played Robb Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and recently starred on Amazon’s Strange New Things.

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Members of The Doors, Monkees and Mamas & the Papas to appear at L.A.’s Love Street Festival this Sunday

Courtesy of Love Street FestivalA variety of music stars, including members of The Doors, The Monkees and The Mamas & the Papas, will be on hand for the sixth annual Love Street Festival, taking place this Sunday, July 22, in the Los Angeles community of Laurel Canyon.

This year’s event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Doors song “Love Street,” which appeared on the B-side of the band’s chart-topping single “Hello, I Love You.” Late singer Jim Morrison wrote the tune about Laurel Canyon’s Rothdell Trail, where he and his girlfriend Pamela Courson used to live.

Among the celebs who will attend the festival are Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, Monkees singer Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential ’60s band Love. Also appearing at the event will be Wilson Phillips, featuring Beach Boy Brian Wilson‘s daughters Carney and Wendy Wilson and Michelle’s daughter with the late John Phillips, Chynna; Stephen Stills‘ son Chris Stills; and another of John’s daughters, Bijou Phillips.

The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, will feature a special dedication ceremony, musical performances, food and beverages and pet adoption. Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz and album-cover artist Gary Burden will be honored during the festivities.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit We Are Laurel Canyon, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the preservation of the community’s open spaces and wildlife corridor.

Visit LoveStreetFestival.org for more information.

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2011 Pink Floyd best-of comp “A Foot in the Door” being reissued on vinyl in September

Legacy RecordingsThe 2011 Pink Floyd compilation A Foot in the Door — The Best of Pink Floyd will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28. The album, which originally was only available on CD, features a selection of tunes spanning from 1967 to 1994 chosen by the band’s members.

The new version of the retrospective will be issued as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with the tracks remastered by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. Among the well-known tunes featured on the album are “See Emily Play,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Have a Cigar,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” “Comfortably Numb,” “Hey You” and an edited version of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The vinyl edition will include a restored version of “Time,” with the ringing alarm clocks heard at the start of the track reinstated, after having been omitted from the song on the version that appeared on the CD release.

The album package features updated cover art and a gatefold outer sleeve.

Here’s the full original track list of A Foot in the Door — The Best of Pink Floyd:

“Hey You” (1979)
“See Emily Play” (1967)
“The Happiest Days of Our Lives” (1979)
“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” (1979)
“Have a Cigar” (1975)
“Wish You Were Here” (1975)
“Time” (1973)
“The Great Gig in the Sky” (1973)
“Money” (1973)
“Comfortably Numb” (1979)
“High Hopes” (Edited version) (1994)
“Learning to Fly” (1987)
“The Fletcher Memorial Home” (1983)
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Edited version of parts 1-5) (1975)
“Brain Damage” (1973)
“Eclipse” (1973)

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Trevor Noah responds to French ambassador who slammed him for saying “Africa won the World Cup”

Brad Barket/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — Daily Show host Trevor Noah had a quick and clever response to the U.S. French ambassador who slammed the comedian on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France‘s 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team.

Gerard Araud wrote a scathing letter, posted on Facebook and addressed to Noah, accusing him of “legitimizing” racist ideologies and denying the players’ “Frenchness” with his comments about their race and backgrounds.

“I get it, they have to say it’s the French team,” Noah had said on Monday. “But look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends.”

Araud said he was watching “with great attention” on Monday, but he wasn’t laughing.

“They were educated in France, they learned to play soccer in France, and they are French citizens,” Araud said. “They are proud of their country, France.”

After Araud’s letter became viral, Noah was quick to respond.

“When I’m saying ‘African,’ I’m not saying it to exclude them from their French-ness — I’m saying it to include them in my African-ness. I’m saying, ‘I see you, my French brother of African descent,” Noah said, later captured on video.

“I will continue to praise them for being African because I believe they are of Africa — their parents are from Africa — and they can be French, because I believe they can both at the same time,” Noah explained. “And if French people are saying they can’t be, then I think they have a problem and not me.”

“America’s not a perfect place,” he added, “but what I love about this country is that people can still celebrate their identity in their American-ness.”

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Standing in again for Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’ star Zachary Quinto goes ‘In Search Of’

Photo: An Rong Xu/HISTORY(NEW YORK) — Actor Zachary Quinto became “dear” friends with the late Leonard Nimoy when the former succeeded the latter in the role of Mr. Spock in the big-screen reboot of Star Trek.

“We were really close, really good friends in the last decade of his life,” Quinto told Good Morning America recently, adding his relationship with the actor and director is one of the reasons he wanted to step into Nimoy’s shoes once again.

Starting Friday, Quinto can be seen hosting HISTORY’s documentary-style show In Search Of, which Nimoy hosted decades ago. Now, as then, the show purports to shed light on some of the world’s most enduring mysteries and memorable spectacles.

“When they approached me about doing the show, I was really interested in carrying on his legacy as I always am,” Quinto said, noting, “I wanted to be more involved in the show. When Leonard did the original, he was the host in a traditional way with a turtleneck and blazer and studio introducing segments pre-taped in the field.” 

Quinto explained to ABC Radio that he got his wish.  “Part of that for me was about actually being on the ground and conducting these interviews and traveling around and exploring some of these things myself…So when they approached me about it, I said, ‘Yeah, you know, I’m interested in the idea of this, but if I’m going to do it, I want to be on the ground.” 

And that Quinto did — though he was in the air, too, skydiving for one segment, and below the ground, exploring massive sinkholes in another.  The latter phenomenon proved to be the most surprising for the actor, he tells us, thanks to the human toll sinkholes leave in their wake. 

In Search Of debuts Friday, at 10 p.m. on HISTORY.

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Roseanne Barr screams on YouTube regarding racist tweet, “I thought the b**** was white!”

Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Roseanne Barr promised to tell her side of the story regarding the racist tweet about President Obama’s longtime confidante Valerie Jarrett that got Barr fired from her then red-hot Roseanne reboot, and now she has. Sort of.

In a short video on her YouTube page, the entry, described as “Roseanne, like always, cuts through the bulls*** and gets to the heart of the matter,” a disheveled-looking Barr does just that. While an off-camera voice complains about multiple wardrobe changes she apparently went through during the shoot, Barr nervously drags on a cigarette, and tousles her hair.

“I’m trying to talk about Iran, I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett running the Iran deal!” Barr suddenly screams, impatiently. “That’s what my tweet was about!”

The unseen voice says, “I know, you’ve told me 300 times already…” before Barr looks into camera and screams even louder about Jarrett, “I thought the b**** was white! G**dammit!,” then repeats, “I thought the b**** was white!” before dropping the “F-bomb.”

It doesn’t appear that she’s joking at all, it must be said, though voices off-camera can be heard laughing as the bizarre video abruptly ends.

In a wide-ranging interview with spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach [SCHMOO-lee boh-TAY-ack] released in June — and recorded after ABC’s cancellation of the Roseanne reboot nearly a month before —  Barr gave an emotional apology for the remark, which compared Iranian-born, African American Jarrett’s appearance to a character in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes reboot.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Search continues for Iowa college student who went missing while jogging

Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office(BROOKLYN, Iowa) — Authorities have very few answers after a college student from Iowa went missing on Wednesday night while going out for an evening jog.

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, left for an evening run from a house where she was dog-sitting with her boyfriend in Brooklyn, Iowa, at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, and has not been seen since.

“She might have a FitBit on and she might have her cellphone, but obviously we’ve tried just calling her. But it’s either off or dead, so it would go straight to voicemail,” said her boyfriend, Dalton Jack.

Jack told ABC News that Tibbetts, who attends the University of Iowa, sent him a routine photo over Snapchat the night she disappeared.

The area is largely farmland, and hundreds of volunteers searched acres of barns, dirt roads and cornfields on Friday and Saturday in a bid to find the missing woman. Officials also used a helicopter to help search the area.

“This is not like her at all,” her aunt Kim Calderwood told Des Moines ABC affiliate WOI-TV. “She’s a very responsible and conscientious young woman.”

Authorities told Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate KCRG-TV that they did not need any more volunteer searchers.

Tibbetts was last seen wearing running shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, authorities said. She is about 5 feet 2 inches and 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Brooklyn is located in eastern Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines.

“We miss you. We’re looking for you, and we will never stop,” Calderwood said.

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More heavy rain expected in eastern US for week ahead

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A coastal storm that developed late Saturday brought an onslaught of rain and wind to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast overnight. Unfortunately, the rain shows little sign of slowing down heading into the week.

Doppler radar indicated that 4 to 7 inches of rain fell in parts of Virginia and Maryland. Flash flooding and road closures have been reported in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas. The Jersey shore also received heavy rain, including 4.55 inches of rain in Brick Township as of Saturday night. The final total will likely be higher. Wind gusts over 50 mph have been reported along the shoreline of New Jersey, as well.

The winds will become calmer along the shoreline during the morning hours on Sunday. Much of the rain has pushed inland into Pennsylvania and New York.

The weather pattern becomes somewhat stalled over the next few days. As a result, moisture off the ocean will continue to flow into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for the next several days. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected across the entire region, with heavy downpours at times. An additional 1 to 4 inches of rain is possible in the eastern U.S. through early Tuesday due to numerous thunderstorms. It will also feel quite muggy.

Due to the persistent heavy rain, localized flash flooding will remain a concern through much of the rest of the week.

Meanwhile, in the South, the next round of severe weather is possible. A slight risk for severe weather exists across much of northern Florida, southern Georgia and southern Alabama on Sunday. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are possible.

Heat grips South, West

Heat is gripping the South, while a dangerous heat wave is building across the West this week. Heat alerts now stretch from the Florida Panhandle to Oregon.

Dallas reached 109 degrees on Saturday, the hottest recorded temperature since Aug. 3, 2011.

Excessive heat is expected for much of the upcoming week across the West. High temperatures in southeast California, parts of Arizona and parts of Nevada will range from 110 to 120 degrees during parts of the week. Across Southern California, many areas will be in the 90s to almost 100 degrees.

Triple-digit temperatures will move in for the work week with 100- to 105-degree readings expected from Redding, California, to Sacramento. Temperatures will be over 105 degrees in this region.

In Oregon, temperatures will be in the 100s in parts of southern Oregon and 90s for parts of Portland.

Although a bit of relief should arrive later in the week for both the western and southern U.S., the heat is sticking around for much of the upcoming week across both regions.

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Three people drown in rip currents at North Carolina beaches

TongRo Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Dangerous rip currents proved deadly on Saturday as three people drowned at beaches in North Carolina.

Two of the deaths happened at different beaches in Brunswick County, while a third happened just miles north in New Hanover County. Brunswick County is located in southern North Carolina on the border with South Carolina and just across the state line from popular tourist spot Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

A 20-year-old man died after being swept away by a rip current off Sunset Beach at about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Raleigh ABC affiliate WTVD-TV. Beachgoers had already begun performing CPR on the man before emergency responders arrived.

He was taken to Novant Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia, where he was pronounced dead.

Another man, about 40 years old, drowned at Holden Beach — about 25 miles up the shore — while trying to help someone get free from a rip current, officials told WTVD-TV. The other person was safely brought to shore.

A third swimmer died at Wrightsville Beach in neighboring New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Wilmington Star News. Lifeguards pulled the man out of the ocean, but he was already not breathing, Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Glen Rogers told the paper.

There was a moderate rip-current warning in place for most of the coast of North Carolina over the weekend.

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SPORTS NEWS

Scoreboard roundup — 7/21/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 7, N.Y. Mets 6
Miami 3, Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 4, San Francisco 3, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Baltimore 1
Detroit 5, Boston 0
Kansas City, 4 Minnesota 2
Houston 7, L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 16, Texas 3
Chicago White Sox 5, Seattle 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 7, St. Louis 2
Milwaukee 4, L.A. Dodgers 2
Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 2
St. Louis 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Colorado 6, Arizona 5
Atlanta at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponed
San Diego at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m., postponed

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 95, N.Y. Liberty 78
Minnesota 80, Phoenix 75

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Tiger Woods’ strong third round keeps him in contention at British Open

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CARNOUSTIE, Scotland) — A five-under-par third round at The British Open has Tiger Woods in contention at a major for the first time in years.

Woods shot a 66 on Saturday, and briefly saw his name sit atop the leaderboard following six birdies in his first 14 holes. He shot his only bogey of the day on 16, falling behind Kevin Kisner at that point.

He hadn’t played in an Open Championship since 2015, and hadn’t led at any point in a major tournament since 2012. Still, after four back surgeries in the last two years, Woods showed glimpses of his old self.

Woods sat in a tie for sixth place as the round came to a close, just four shots off the lead. Speaking to reporters Saturday, Woods said he’s happy with how he’s playing.

“I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year,” Woods said. “Given what happened [the] last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship.”

“It’s going to be fun,” Woods added.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/20/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 7, N.Y. Yankees 5
Miami 6, Tampa Bay 5
San Francisco 5, Oakland 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 8, Baltimore 7, 10 Innings
Boston 1, Detroit 0
Cleveland 9, Texas 8, 11 Innings
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 5
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 1
Seattle 3, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 18, Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 11, San Diego 5
Atlanta 8, Washington 5
Pittsburgh 12, Cincinnati 1
L.A. Dodgers 6, Milwaukee 4
Colorado 11, Arizona 10

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Seattle 78, Connecticut 65
Chicago 114, Dallas 99
Indiana 78, L.A. Sparks 76

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WORLD NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Under World Cup spotlight, Qataris crack down on LGBT news coverage

Photo by Nadine Rupp/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Times’ recent coverage of gay and transgender rights has been censored in Qatar, stoking dual concerns about press freedoms and human rights in the tiny Arab nation as it prepares to host millions of visitors for the 2022 World Cup.

In several pictures shared with ABC News, entire articles published from April to July were excised from the Doha edition of the New York Times International Edition, leaving in their places large swaths of empty newspaper and a small note explaining that the offending pieces had been “exceptionally removed.”

Among the nine pieces that appear to have been fully censored, all of which can be viewed below, eight of them pertained to issues affecting the LGBT community, suggesting that the Qatari government or, at least, those loathe to run afoul of it, are attempting to suppress discourse around sex and gender.

According to Minky Worden, the director of global initiatives for Human Rights Watch, that censorship could put Qatar in violation of its agreement with FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, to uphold certain minimum human rights standards — including press freedom and zero tolerance for discrimination based on sexual orientation — as a condition of hosting the upcoming World Cup.

“As the next host of the World Cup, Qatar should be responsible for implementing FIFA’s human rights policies as an example to the participating countries,” wrote Worden, whose May 29 column in the Times arguing that anti-gay laws “clash with FIFA statutes” was among those censored, in a formal complaint filed earlier this month through FIFA’s human rights reporting mechanism. “The censorship of the media has also been noticed by the LGBTQ community as a sign that they are not welcome in Qatar.”

Following publication of this report, the Government Communications Office for the State of Qatar issued a statement pledging to investigate the matter.

The New York Times International is printed by a local distributer in Doha. The government will examine the issues around the local distributor and take corrective action if needed,” the statement reads. “Qatar is a welcoming and hospitable country. We view the 2022 World Cup as a precious opportunity to bridge cultural divides and to serve as a unique platform for bringing people together. We look forward to people from all over the globe converging on Qatari soil – of different ethnicities, languages, religions, and cultures – uniting through a shared passion for football.”

In FIFA’s formal response to Worden’s complaint, a copy of which can be read here, FIFA human rights manager Andreas Graf tells Worden the governing body is already investigating claims of censorship but notes that “Qatar as a host country is not subject to FIFA’s Statutes, nor is it bound by FIFA’s Human Rights Policy and related FIFA regulations.”

In response to questions from ABC News, FIFA issued a statement affirming its commitment to press freedom as a “cornerstone of FIFA’s human rights efforts” and noting that FIFA has “launched an assessment of the processes” that led to the censorship.

“FIFA is aware and closely following up on the two recent opinion pieces discussing LGBTI issues linked to the FIFA World Cup that were not printed in the Doha edition of the New York Times,” a FIFA spokesperson said. “As part of our ongoing activities in Qatar, we have already in early June 2018 launched an assessment of the processes that led to that. We will decide on appropriate further measures based on the results of this assessment and the engagement with our Qatari counterparts.”

The censorship also raises interesting questions for the New York Times, Worden said, which began publishing in Qatar in 2007, about the balance between profits and principles: Would pushing back against the censorship jeopardize the Times’ ability to continue publish in a region where critical coverage is already scarce? Or does quietly acquiescing to the censorship send a troubling message that authoritarian governments can bully even the world’s most powerful publication into silence?

“If you let the Qataris pick and choose what will be printed, don’t be surprised if you have an ever narrower field of what can be published,” Worden said. “The Times has taken of strong stance on press freedom around the world, but this could set a troubling precedent.”

In response to questions from ABC News, the Times acknowledged that about a dozen pieces have been “altered or exceptionally removed” since April due to references to alcohol, sexuality, and even (in an advertisement) a Delacroix artwork. The decision to censor, the Times said, was made not by the Times but by either the government or the independent printing and distribution vendor in the region, and in those cases the Times requires the publisher to include a citation referencing the uncensored title of the piece and a reference to its availability online.

It is a decision, a spokesperson said, the Times “fundamentally disagree[s] with.”

“While we understand that our publishing partners are sometimes faced with local pressures, we deeply regret and object to any censorship of our journalism and are in regular discussions with our distributors about this practice,” a spokesperson for The New York Times told ABC News.

The fully censored stories cover a range of topics around a common theme, including a discussion of L.G.B.T. rights in Africa, criticism of the U.S. military’s transgender ban and, most recently, a retrospective on a 1973 fire that killed 32 people at a New Orleans gay bar, which referenced a recent ABC News documentary about the event.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, and the government closely monitors and regulates printed publications under the terms of its 1979 “Press and Publications Law,” which permits the government to revoke a publication’s license if its policies are perceived to be “not in the national interest.”

It is unclear precisely when the censorship started and exactly who might be responsible for it. According to Justin Martin, a local subscriber and professor of journalism at Northwestern University’s Qatar campus, this development is a relatively recent one.

“For years, they’ve been censoring ‘sensitive’ images, like Kim Kardashian’s neckline, though more recently they started deleting words (usually ‘sex’), and very recently whole articles,” Martin told ABC News. “I’ve never seen this kind of censorship before.”

Sherif Mansour, who has served as the Middle East and North Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists for the last five years, told ABC News that he wasn’t surprised to learn Qatar could be stepping up its censorship of foreign journalists.

He called Qatar’s press laws “draconian” and noted that it has one of several governments across the region that enforces “redlines” on the media, topics that cannot be discussed without risk of arrest or imprisonment. The policy has resulted in what he calls “self-censorship,” in which publishers or printers preemptively remove potentially controversial content rather than risk drawing the ire of a watchful government.

The consequences of censorship, Mansour said, can be serious and far-reaching.

“Any form of censorship is limiting not just exposure for citizens in Qatar to different perspective, but it’s also limiting their ability to influence their own government on different issues,” Mansour said. “And that is precisely what is so dangerous about censorship. People start censoring themselves based on what the government thinks.”

Worden echoed that sentiment.

“This violates the right of people in Qatar,” she said. “No one there has the right to know about LGBT rights?”

For one local reader, these empty spaces speak volumes.

“For years, I grabbed my New York Times early in the morning, and I flipped through to see what was in it,” Martin said. “Now I flip through it to see what’s not.”

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Pentagon announces $200 million in aid to Ukraine

PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Defense announced $200 million in security cooperation funds to be sent to Ukraine less than one week after President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The funds are to be used for “additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces,” the DOD says. That funds are part of a long-standing relationship between the U.S. and Ukraine, including more than $1 billion in assistance over the last four years.

The U.S. has condemned Russia’s aggressive action in occupying the Crimean peninsula.

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Rare video shows last surviving member of Amazonian tribe

Ildo Frazao/iStock/Thinkstock(TANARU, Brazil) — Rare video released from a government agency in Brazil shows footage of a lone survivor of an Amazonian tribe who has been living alone for 22 years.

The Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front has been monitoring the man and, without ever speaking to him, has been helping to ensure that he is protected from all external threats, according to Fundação Nacional do Índio, or FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests and culture of natives to the country.

The video, taken from afar, shows a shaky image of the man hacking at a tree with an ax in Tanaru, an indigenous territory surrounded by private farms and deforested clearings in the Brazilian state of Rondonia.

The man appears to be nearly naked in photos released by the agency. He appears to wear a mustache in a close-up frame of his face, a third of which is hidden behind some leaves.

Another image shows a hut where the tribe apparently lived, with a thatched roof made with local vegetation.

In the 1980s, the establishment of farms and illegal logging in Rondonia led to repeated attacks on the indigenous people living there, according to FUNAI.

The man in the video is thought to be the only survivor after farmers attacked a group of six in 1995, FUNAI said. The agency has been monitoring the man since 1996, but attempts to contact him — the last of which was made in 2005 — were not successful, the agency said.

He has made it clear that he does not want to be contacted, the BBC reported, adding that the agency has a policy of avoiding contact with isolated groups.

A Brazilian law allows protection actions to be carried out on land outside the boundaries of indigenous lands when isolated indigenous peoples roam them, FUNAI said. The people who assist him leave only a few tools and seeds for him to plant in places he passes often, FUNAI said.

The video was shot to prove that he is alive in order to renew the restriction order, according to the BBC.

In 2012, FUNAI registered crops of maize, potatoes, bananas and papayas planted by indigenous people, who live off the food and animals they hunt.

The man is in his 50s but not much else is known about him, the BBC reported. In Brazil, he has been dubbed “the hole Indian” or the “Indian of the hole” because he usually leaves behind large holes or ditches, possibly to trap animals.

The man’s existence proves that, even when alone in the middle of the Amazon, it’s possible to survive and resist allying with society, according to FUNAI.

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The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by a former soldier who was learning how to be a telephone lineman when he met the character who inspired the song. They were at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The guy stayed there about a week, and one evening he turned around and said he was really fed up and tired. He went AWOL and then returned a short while later to pick up his Army paycheck. They put handcuffs on him and took him away. Our featured artist went on to say, “Just to listen to him talk and see how ‘bad’ he was, I knew someday I was gonna write a song about him.” That song reached number one in America this week in July, 1973 for Jim Croce — “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”

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