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Prince is promoted...

Britain's Prince Harry has been promoted to captain in the air corps after completing five years' service in the army, palace officials said Sunday.

The prince, a former lieutenant and trainee Apache helicopter pilot, would now be known as Capt. Harry Wales, St. James's Palace said in a statement.

He was also awarded his Apache Badge on Thursday, marking the completion of an eight-month course that included day and night flying and ground school training.

The 26-year-old prince is now qualified to fly the aircraft without an instructor, and he has progressed to a further weapons handling course to complete his training as an army air Corps pilot.

Harry became an army officer in April 2006 after a 44-week training course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, southwest of London. He had served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan during 2007 and 2008 as an air controller.

He will be best man at his brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in London on April 29.


Van is the man...

Newspapers have published evidence they say proves that singer Van Morrison fathered a child out of wedlock with one of his U.S. tour promoters.

Morrison flatly denied knowing the Texas mother, GiGi Lee, when his website published an announcement Dec. 29, 2009, of the birth of "little Van."

The 65-year-old singer instructed his Irish publicist to say he didn't even know the purported mother, identified incorrectly as "his wife GiGi." Then he won a court injunction barring two British newspapers that had identified her from publishing any of their evidence.

That injunction was overturned last week. The two Sunday newspapers, the Mail on Sunday and News of the World, published front-page exposes detailing Morrison's connections to Lee and the baby boy.


Smiley death protest...

Hundreds of protesters have marched through central London to call for a public inquiry into the death of British reggae star Smiley Culture.

The singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died of a single stab wound through the heart while police officers were executing a search warrant at his home.

His family has been told he stabbed himself while making a cup of tea despite the presence of officers in his home. They say the police explanation of his death is "bizarre."

About 600 protesters playing reggae music marched through London then rallied outside police headquarters Saturday.

Emmanuel, who was 48 when he died March 15, shot to fame in the 1980s with hits such as "Cockney Translation" and "Police Officer."


In the sci-fi loop...

After traveling to Japan for a dream-reading assignment in "Inception," Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken on another sci-fi picture that brings him to Asia -- the China-set action-thriller "Looper."

Promoting the movie in the eastern Chinese financial center of Shanghai on Sunday, the 30-year-old American actor said, "I feel now, doing 'Looper' is the result of what happened with 'Inception.' It is something I have been working for my whole life."

Directed by Rian Johnson, "Looper" also co-stars Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Chinese actress Xu Qing.

Xu said Sunday that "It is like nothing I have seen before. It has action. It has romance. It also deals with philosophy. I really like it."

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