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Grammy winner Fun named UN champions

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Members of Fun., from left, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. AP

Some nights may be for belting their tunes, but now they are playing the melody of advocacy.

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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian children in Lebanon

Angelina Jolie AP FILE PHOTO

Actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria’s three-year conflict has created, officials said Monday.

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Katy Perry is newest UNICEF ambassador, may visit PH

Singer Katy Perry laughs in reaction to a comment before she is appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at UNICEF headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. AP

Pop star Katy Perry said Tuesday that becoming a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency has made her realize there’s more to happiness than material possessions and social status.

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Sharon Stone in musical hailing Gorbachev’s Green Cross

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Sharon Stone and Cat Stevens will take part in a musical in September honouring an environmental group founded by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, organizers said Wednesday.

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Ricky Martin wishes he could come out again

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MARTIN essays Che with a wry grin and a twinkle in his eye. He carries himself with abundant charm and stage presence. (photo credit:evitaonbroadway.com)

Latin superstar Ricky Martin is telling a U.N. conference on homophobia that he wishes he could come out again so he could tell people struggling with their identities that “it’s just beautiful — you find love.”

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Beyoncé’s UN video prompts humanitarian outpouring

Beyonce Knowles. AP FILE PHOTO

A music video by pop singer Beyoncé helped inspire one billion messages for World Humanitarian Day on Sunday, which the United Nations said was a social media record.

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Angelina Jolie reaches out to refugees in Ecuador

In this undated photo released on Sunday, April 22, 2012 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (center) meets with 71-year-old Gerardina (right) in the village of Barranca Bermeja.  After a decade of promoting refugee causes around the world, the United Nations refugee agency has elevated the Hollywood star from being a goodwill ambassador to a special envoy, a role that will see her represent the organization to governments and diplomats. AP PHOTO/ JASON TANNER, UNHCR VIA PA

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has visited with displaced Colombians forced to seek refuge across the border in Ecuador as a special envoy of High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, the UNHCR announced Sunday.

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Spanish star Javier Bardem urges UN treaty for actors’ rights

Spanish actor Javier Bardem attends a news conference to discuss the evolution of the film industry in the digital environment and address the challenges of copyright at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Bardem appeared to call for a new international treaty to protect actors' rights across the globe. AP

Spanish film star Javier Bardem on Tuesday urged governments to hammer out a treaty that would protect the livelihoods of performers by safeguarding their works from piracy.

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Lea Salonga unplugged, unstoppable

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Lea Salonga. PHOTO BY IVAN ROQUE

At 40, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga is now a wife, parent, and a decidedly accomplished singer-performer. To our surprise, she’s a lot of fun too, and quite politically opinionated. Consider the controversies she dove into when we asked: Where do you stand on the issue of Ferdinand Marcos’ burial? “Whatever is considered should not [...]

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