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‘Out of the Furnace’ is a gripping and gritty drama about fate, circumstance, and justice. Oscar-winner Christian Bale stars as Russell, a steel worker whose brother – who has just returned from Iraq – gets lured into a crime ring and mysteriously disappears.At first, Bale had to turn down the role because of other projects but in the end, he came back to it: “I just kept on thinking about the film, for no particular reason, it was a gut instinct, really. I kept thinking about it. And I gave Scott (Cooper, the film’s director) a call just to see how he was doing, just to be supportive and say ‘How is the film going? Who did you cast,’ etc. He said ‘No, I didn’t cast anybody else, I said I was waiting for you and I did,’ so at that point I said ‘All right, well, let’s see if we can get it cracking’, and we had a very short window of time,” said Christian Bale.Director Scott Cooper shot to global fame with his last movie ‘Crazy Heart’, which won a number of awards, including two Oscars and two Golden Globes.“I write with people in mind. I wrote ‘Crazy Heart’ for Jeff Bridges and I didn’t know Jeff and I didn’t know Christian (Bale), but have long admired his work and I wanted to see something out of Christian that I had never seen from him. A kind of sense of vulnerability and kindness, and clearly we’ve seen him play courage and strength, but I wanted to see that balance,” said Cooper. As the police fail to crack the case, Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother, played by Casey Affleck.“I think he is incredibly unique in that he is really a pure actor. I think this is what he is meant to do and he is exceptionally good at it. He is not doing it because it’s fun to be an actor, or because he wants to be famous or rich, or he likes talking to lovely interviewers, he’s just doing it because he is drawn to it,” said Affleck when asked about Christian Bale. Packed with a number of A-listers including Woody Harrelson, William Dafoe and Zoe Saldana, the film was produced by Leo Di Caprio and Ridley Scott among others. While the actors have received unanimous praise for their performances, the film itself has received mixed reviews, with some critics deploring an uneven script that fails to hold the viewers’ attention and do the actors justice. ‘Out of the Furnace’ is out now in the US and from January across Europe.
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He’s not your average country music singer: with his laid-back attitude and sun-infused lyrics, former wake-border Jake Owen is making waves on the country music scene with his fourth album “Days of Gold”. For the title song, “Days of Gold”, which is all about good times spent with friends, the Florida-born artist enlisted the help of two big names in country music: Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason. “This is the first record where I haven’t written anything. I usually write most of my songs, but this time around, I was so lucky to have so many great songs being thrown my way that it was hard not to want to record them. I don’t think I really set out to say, ‘Well, this song is about a break up, this song is about a good time, this song is about…” I just thought it was really important to fill this record full of great songs,” said Jake Owen.After opening for established country music artists like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, Jake Owen says he learned a lot from being on the road with such talent. For “Days of Gold”, Owen pairs up once again with Joey Moi who successfully produced his breakthrough album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, back in 2011. The album has received mostly positive reviews by critics who praise its energy-infused pace and the singer’s contagious confidence.“Days of Gold” is out now.
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Heavy storms have caused flooding and damage to buildings in Madeira off the coast of Portugal.One person died after being swept out to sea.Schools have been shut and flights cancelled.Waves of up to seven metres high battered the coast and the island remains on red alert with more bad weather forecast.
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Europe is the world’s most popular tourism destination. And 40% of that activity is associated with cultural and historic heritage, thanks partly to several European Cultural Routes. But how do you turn culture and history into a thriving business?In September 1944, the Netherlands was the site of Operation Market Garden – the biggest parachute drop in history.Seventy years on and it has become a prominent feature on the Liberation Route – a tourist route that traces the path the allies took to liberate Europe during World War II.Several months ago entrepreneur, Bert Eikelenboom invested 11,000 Euros in a 1944 Dodge to ferry visitors on guided tours through the Second World War’s battle fields. “For 2014, I expect a turn over about 30 to 40,000 Euros,” he says, “And when the business develops I will also get a new car, and a new employee with me, to make the tours.”To better develop his client base, Bert hooked up with local hotels like Hotel Erica, in front of which is one
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Security is tight near the United Nations building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The UN closed its offices after reports of potential car bombs in the city.Police troops in Yemeni capital Sanaa have been on high alert since an attack last week on the Yemeni Defence Ministry compound. Disturbing CCTV footage has been released of the assault in which 52 people were killed and 167 injured. The dramatic images show a suicide bomber and gunmen attacking a hospital inside the compound on the morning of December 5 as ministry staff were arriving for work.The suicide bomber can be seen driving a car packed with explosives into the gate of the compound, followed by a huge burst of flames. Gunmen in another vehicle sped in and opened fire on soldiers, doctors and nurses working at the hospital.The footage also shows an attacker arming a grenade’s fuse then lobbing it into a group of workers before running away. The grenade can be seen exploding. The US military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes. Yemen is home to what Washington has called the main stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).Meanwhile, 15 people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an AQAP convoy, according to local security officials.One security official said: “An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital.” Yemen is among a handful of countries where the US acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment on the practice.Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report in August that US missile strikes, including armed drone attacks, had killed dozens of civilians in Yemen.
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North Koreans have expressed outrage at the behaviour of leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle and advisor, Jang Song-taek, who has been executed.Jang had been considered the second most powerful man in the North. State media said he was immediately executed after a military tribunal found him guilty of treason for attempting to overthrow the state.In Pyongyang, many locals said he deserved to be executed for challenging the country’s leadership.Pak Chang Gi spoke of Jang: “He’s like an enemy who dares to be crazy enough to take over power from our party and our leader. And look how much harm he did to the people’s lives. He got what he deserved,” he said.Local resident Ri Chol Ho said: “For this group of traitors who were going to destroy our single-hearted unity, execution is too lenient. They should be torn up and thrown into the rubbish bin of history.”Jang’s execution came almost two weeks after South Korea’s spy agency reported that two of his closest assistants had been executed for corruption.South Korea’s presidential office said it had held a ministerial meeting to review the developments, although the government in Seoul said it had not detected any unusual military activity in the North.The United States said it was following the developments in North Korea and consulting with allies in the region. “If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime,” said White House National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell.Japan said the move could herald a period of radical upheaval.
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‘12 Years A Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ have taken front runner positions in the Golden Globe Awards nominations.Each film has seven nods. Both are in the running for the ‘Best Director’ award, among others.Historical drama “12 Years A Slave” tells the story of a man who was born free then forced to live as a slave. Lead Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for ‘Best actor in a film drama’ for his performance.Brit, Idris Elba will take on Chiwetel Ejiofor for the ‘Best actor’ title for his role as Nelson Mandela in “Long Walk to Freedom”.“American Hustle”, the tale of a New Jersey conman who inadvertently becomes involved with the Mafia, is shortlisted in the ‘Best film comedy or musical’ category.
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Previously considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, Jang Song-thaek, uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, has been executed.North Korea’s news agency KCNA said he was executed immediately after a military tribunal found him guilty of treason for seeking to overthrow the state.“The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as trying to overthrow the state, by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.” said KCNA in a statement.Days before, armed guards had removed Jang, the former vice Chairman of the National Defence Commission, from a Communist Party meeting. He was then stripped of all official responsibilities.Jang was viewed as a major player in North Korean politics, and had mentored Kim Jong-un during his early leadership of the state.The execution is considered the biggest upheaval in North Korean politics since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father in 2011.
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UN investigators have concluded that chemical weapons were probably used in five out of seven attacks they examined in Syria.The UN says the deadly nerve agent sarin is likely to have been used on four occasions. One such incident was reportedly “on a large scale.” A two and a half year civil war in the country has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the final report of a UN inquiry.
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Despite the arrival of 1,600 French troops, and patrols by the FOMAC African peacekeepers, the situation in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) has yet to be fully stabilised.Many people are taking refuge in Bangui airport where Doctors Without Borders, the only humanitarian aid organisation in the area, is struggling to cope with the influx of people.“It’s really a big mess because there’s nobody else here and we really hope that the other organisations will start to do anything there,” explained Tessy Fautsch, emergency medical coordinator at the airport. “As you can see, there are a lot of people everywhere, no toilets, not a lot of water and yeah, it’s just a mess,” Fautsch said.Reports suggest between ten and forty thousand people have flocked to the airport, in a desperate attempt to seek shelter from the violence.The CAR has been gripped by chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels took control of the country in March.France recently boosted its military presence in the capital following a wave of massacres that has killed over 500 people.Two French soldiers have died in action since troop numbers were reinforced.
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The EU has held out a promise of more financial aid for Ukraine, if it signs a trade pact. Serhiy Arbuzov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, has been to Brussels to seek assistance for the troubled nation.Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, told a press conference he had offered a road map allowing Kyiv to work towards signing a deal. “We have agreed today that on the basis of a clear commitment of Ukraine to sign the association agreement, we will prepare a road map for implementation of the association agreement,” he said.After the press conference finished, Arbuzov spoke exclusively to euronews’ Brussels correspondent Andrei Beketov.Arbuzov said his country wants to be closer to the EU, and isn’t looking for a deal with Russia“Our strategic task today is integrating with the EU,” he confirmed. “I am here for everybody to understand this position. I am not working on integrating with other organisations and unions”Andrei Beketov then moved on to the economic problems
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Thousands have arrived in Pretoria hoping to say a personal farewell to the man they called the father of their nation. But hundreds of mourners at the lying in state of Nelson Mandela have been left frustrated and failed to say their goodbyes.Some were stranded due to transport problems while there were organisational issues with the lines of queues.“This is a waste of time all these poor people who are standing here thinking they are going to see Madiba, in the meantime while they are standing there others are just going in. Hundreds of people are left just standing and the time is getting wasted,” explained one mourner while another was more positive.“In a way we are happy that we are in the surroundings and we are doing it for Tata. He had a lot of humility. He was very patient so we can’t do otherwise but to honour him and continue his legacy of humility,” explained Sipwo Ngobeni.There were reports of a lack of drinking water and toilets and claims some mourners defied the wishes of the government and family and took pictures of Mandela’s body lying in state.For others though it was a chance to say their goodbyes in a traditional way with singing and dancing while they queued.
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Ventimiglia on the Italian-French border is the latest place to be hit by the so called “pitchfork “ anti-government protests which have spread across Italy. Police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators on what was the fourth day of rallies. The Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned parliament the unrest could “lead to a spiral of rebellion against national and European institutions.” In Rome hundreds of students took to the streets outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference. “Our university isn’t a catwalk for those who peddle austerity” read a banner. Marches, sit-ins and demos took place in other cities including Milan and Turin. Fourteen policemen have been injured in the spate of protests with shops and other property damaged. The “pitchfork” movement began as a loosely organised group of farmers from Sicily and their aims remain vague beyond demanding the government be replaced and parliament dissolved. Larger demonstrations are planned in the capital next week.
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A European financial watchdog said the Vatican has made significant progress in banking reforms.Moneyval, a Council of Europe monitoring committee, suggests the Vatican’s bank would benefit from even stronger controls, which would reduce the bank’s risk of being used for money laundering.Pope Francis has made cleaning up the Vatican’s financial image a priority. He has greatly increased the powers of the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) and has not ruled out closing the bank altogether, if it cannot be reformed.
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A 36-hour rail strike is continuing to affect train services in France. Unions claim the state run rail company, SNCF, is trying to impose reforms before they are discussed in parliament. The strike is scheduled to continue until 8 a.m. on Friday 13 December.70 percent of long-distance trains should still run. Eurostar services are not affected by the strike.
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Portuguese airline TAP is suspending flights to Guinea-Bissau after 74 Syrian refugees travelled to Portugal using fake passports to board a TAP flight.The crew was reportedly forced by Guinean authorities to carry the group, including children and pregnant women. The refugees have claimed asylum in Portugal.
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Talks about a trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU resumed today in Brussels.Europe’s Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle sat down with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov.That’s despite Ukraine refusing to sign the deal last month.But Füle says the EU is ready to move ahead.“The offer is still on the table. (The) European Union remains ready to sign it as soon as (the) Ukranian authorities are ready.”The decision not to come to an agreement with the EU led to massive demonstrations in Ukraine.It’s now four weeks since a protest camp was set up in Independence Square in the capital Kyiv.Demonstrators have strengthened barricades following police action. Despite the bitter cold, the protesters remain.
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Unemployment in Greece remains stuck near record highs, but even many of those with a job are struggling financially. Newly released figures show nearly 30 percent of workers in the private sector are earning less that 600 euros a month.Theodoros Anastasopoulos left university three years ago, but the only job he can get is as a public opinion pollster: He told euronews: “Two years after I completed my studies, I found this part-time job which pays me 250 to 300 euros a month. Obviously, I cannot afford to rent anywhere to live, I stay with my mother and my sister and the money we make covers only the food, utility bills and taxes.” The Greek Labour Ministry says there are 1,371,450 people employed by private companies in the country. Twenty percent of them – 274,000 – earn less that 500 euros a month, mostly working part time. Another eight percent – that’s 100,000 people – have a monthly income of 500 to 600 euros. Most of the rest earn between 1,000 and 2,000 euros. Labour costs have fallen as unemployment has been rising. Anna Hatzioannidou told us: “I finished my architecture studies a year ago. I have sent out over 100 CVs, I have only had a couple of job interviews. Now, I work as a part time photographer, taking pictures at night clubs and bars, for 240 euros per month.”Dramatically lower wages have not meant more people in work. In September unemployment inched up to 27.4 percent of the workforce from 27.3 percent in the previous two months. Almost 52 percent of young people are without a job.Euronews reporter in Athens Symela Touchtidou said: “Even when people are poorly paid, often it takes a long time for them to get their money. Research by the Greek Confederation of Trade Unions shows nearly half of all companies are paying wages at least one month late.”
Barcelona, the capital of the region of Catalonia, has become the focus of a legal battle with the Spanish government.Separatist parties have agreed a date and two questions to put to Catalonians on independence for the region.The poll is scheduled for November 9 next year when voters will be asked if they want Catalonia to be a state and if they want it to be independent.“There will come a time for the institutions of the state of Spain to negotiate with Catalan institutions how to carry out this referendum within the existing legal frameworks, which are many,” explained Artur Mas, President of Catalonia.The Spanish government is emphatic and says the referendum is illegal and will not take place. The ruling People’s Party and the main opposition Socialists have slammed independence talk.“The government guarantees there won’t be any illegal action in Spain. The realisation of a referendum of this nature will be against the constitution, against the statute of autonomy of Catalonia. The president of the Catalonian government is the state representative in Catalonia and therefore he is bound to comply with the law,” stressed Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon.Supporters of independence formed a 400 kilometre human chain round Catalonia in September. It is the richest and most highly industrialised region in Spain.Independence demands have been fuelled in part by the recent economic crisis. Opinion polls suggest Catalonians are evenly split on the subject.
Syria’s western backed opposition says it understands the decision by the US and UK to stop aid shipments. Earlier this week, a rebel group raided warehouses belonging to the anti-government Syrian National Coalition (SNC), leading to fears the aid could fall into the wrong hands.But the SNC is not angry at the move by Britain and America.Spokesman Kahled Saleh told euronews: “This is very understandable. They, and other countries as well, will only deal with the SNC representative General Selim Idris as well. So we are waiting for that situation to be resolved. There are talks taking place right now. There is lots of strategy and planning taking place in order to prevent the situation taking place again in the future,” he said.Western countries are trying to unify all the rebel groups under the SNC banner, to have a more effective voice both inside and outside the country.And leaders of all the factions fighting the government in Syria have been discussing how to restructure the SNC into a more organised body. But there are hundreds of rebel groups to be consulted, so progress has been slow.