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Putin offers French tax row actor Depardieu a Russian
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin offered French
actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport on Thursday, saying
he would welcome the 63-year-old celebrity who is embroiled in
a bitter tax row with France's socialist government. Weighing
into a dispute over a hike in taxes, Putin heaped praise on
Depardieu, making the offer of citizenship in response to a
question during his annual televised press conference.
Thousands mourn U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners on Wednesday
packed a Los Angeles theater to pay their final respects to
Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera more than a week after her
death in a plane crash. Rivera, 43, best known for her work in
the Mexican folk Nortena and Banda genres, died after the small
jet she was traveling in crashed in northern Mexico on December