- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Dual citizen

Angelina Jolie received a Cambodian passport after being made a citizen of the impoverished Southeast Asian country, an associate said yesterday.

Miss Jolie will use the passport when she visits the home country of her adopted son, Maddox, Associated Press reports, citing a statement by Stephan Bognar, executive director of the Maddox Jolie project in Cambodia.

The project, managed by San Francisco-based WildAid, promotes wildlife conservation and community development in a former Khmer Rouge guerrilla stronghold in northwestern Cambodia.

Mr. Bognar said the actress was “ecstatic and thrilled” last month when he handed her the passport and an official copy of a royal decree giving her Cambodian citizenship.

Glitter’s denial

British rocker Gary Glitter denied child molestation charges in Vietnam, telling police he was merely teaching English to young girls, state media reported yesterday.

“When they met me, they all told me that they were older than 20,” the official Thanh Nien newspaper quoted the 61-year-old rocker (real name Paul Francis Gadd) as saying.

Mr. Glitter, who said he came to the southern resort town of Vung Tau looking for tourism investment opportunities, said he was helping girls with their English, the Vietnamese-language paper reported.

The newspaper said police had identified five girls who had admitted to having had sex with Mr. Glitter. One of the girls was 12 years old.

Vung Tau police told Reuters news agency they were keeping Mr. Glitter in custody for questioning.

Stressful life

Lionel Richie says the stress of his daughter’s career is most likely the reason for her shrinking waistline.

“I know what’s happening with her right now; she’s a nervous wreck,” Mr. Richie says of Nicole Richie, who has shed weight since co-starring with Paris Hilton on “The Simple Life.”

“She’s like her father; you can either blow up, or you can shrink away,” the singer told “Access Hollywood” in an interview. “And right now, she’s just feeling a little bit of the pressures of her new business. So in this case… she will be all right.”

“Dad is on the case,” he says.

Smokin’ Dylan poetry

A collection of poems written by a young Bob Dylan fetched $78,000 at Christie’s auction house.

The 16-page collection, which includes poems from his time at the University of Minnesota in 1959 through 1960, was snatched up by an unidentified European buyer, Agence France-Presse reports.

The title page was inscribed in blue ink with “Poems Without Titles,” while the poems were written in pencil and signed “Dylan” or “Dylanism.”

In one poem, Mr. Dylan kept a comic eye on his health: “I have to quit smoking/But I can’t quit smoking/I love to smoke/Almost as much/As I love to love.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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