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January 13, 2009

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British P.M. condemns prince’s racial slur

London — Prime Minister Gordon Brown says a racial slur used by Prince Harry to describe a fellow soldier is unacceptable and has no part in British life.

Lawmakers, Muslim groups and the family of the soldier criticized the 24-year-old prince after video clips obtained by a newspaper showed him using derogatory terms including “Paki” to describe his colleagues.

The videos were made in 2006 while Harry was a cadet at Sandhurst military academy. Brown told GMTV television Monday that the comments were unacceptable and have “no part in our life.”

Prince Harry issued an apology for any offense that might have been caused. A statement from his London office said he had used the term without any malice and that he didn’t mean to insult his colleague.

Lawyer: Winehouse’s husband wants divorce

London — A lawyer for the husband of Amy Winehouse says he is seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva’s infidelity.

Attorney Henri Brandman says he has been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil “to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy’s adultery.”

Winehouse and Fielder-Civil married in Miami in May 2007, but he was arrested six months later and jailed over an assault. He was released into a drug rehab center in November but sent back to prison weeks later for breaching his bail conditions.

Winehouse shot to stardom with the multi-Grammy-winning album “Back to Black” in 2006. But her music has been overshadowed by reports of drug use, run-ins with the law and her tempestuous marriage.

Winehouse’s spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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