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April 8, 2006

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Speculation: Baby of Pitt, Jolie may be born in Africa

Windhoek, Namibia - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are staying at a secluded Namibian beach resort, surrounded by tight security, prompting speculation their baby will be born in Africa.

Namibian media reported that immigration officials confirmed the stars and five other people, including two children, arrived Monday morning in Walvis Bay on a chartered jet from Paris.

Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, said on Jan. 11 that Jolie, 30, is pregnant with the actor's child. It was unclear when the baby will be born. A call to Guagenti's office by The Associated Press on Friday wasn't immediately returned.

Pitt, 42, and Jolie, who co-starred in the 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," have rented all 14 rooms and suites at the Burning Shores resort, a luxury boutique hotel on Long Beach north of Walvis Bay and near the famous dunes of the Namibian desert.

A private security firm and local police officials cordoned off the area and threatened to confiscate any cameras, Namibian media reported Friday.

Keira Knightley donates Oscar dress to Oxfam

New York - Keira Knightley has donated the Vera Wang gown she wore to this year's Oscars to raise money for Oxfam's relief work in East Africa.

The burgundy silk-taffeta one-shoulder gown, which was custom-made for the 21-year-old actress, will be up for bid on the eBay auction Web site from April 21 to 30.

"This is such an amazing dress and I am really pleased to be able to donate it to Oxfam," said Knightley, nominated for a best actress Oscar for "Pride & Prejudice," in a statement Friday.

Wang said she's "thrilled this gown can support such an important cause." The dress will be displayed at her Manhattan flagship store from April 19 until the end of the auction.

Hatcher delivers tearful speech about being molested

Beverly Hills, Calif. - Teri Hatcher pressed her battle against violence toward women, delivering a tearful speech about being sexually molested by her uncle 35 years ago.

The 41-year-old star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" spoke to reporters Thursday at a news conference to announce plans for the third annual Women's World Awards.

"Recently I had the honor, really, of being able to come forward and help raise awareness of some violence against women," she said.

Hatcher was referring to a recent Vanity Fair interview in which she revealed being molested by her uncle when she was 5. When she learned in 2002 that a 14-year-old victim of her uncle had committed suicide, Hatcher approached Santa Clara County prosecutors.

After Hatcher came forward, her uncle, Richard Hayes Stone, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation in the case of the 14-year-old victim and received 14 years in prison.

Hatcher was seated next to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who will present the 2006 Women's World Awards on Oct. 14 in New York City. The event recognizes extraordinary women and their achievements.

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