Russia's rock-music-loving president hosted Bono , the frontman of the Irish band U2, at his resplendent residence near the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, and praised him for writing music "that unites generations."
Dmitry Medvedev, a well-known fan of the classic rock acts Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, complimented the 50-year-old singer for highlighting problems in Africa, such as poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
"You are doing important things, because taking care of people is not only a job for politicians," Medvedev said.
Bono's band will play its first-ever concert in Russia today as part of its "360" world tour.
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Douglas, ex-wife spar over earnings
Michael Douglas' starring role in a sequel to "Wall Street" has gotten him an unwanted part in a legal sequel to his 2000 divorce.
Lawyers for the Academy Award-winning actor and for ex-wife Diandra Douglas argued Tuesday in a New York court over her claim that she's entitled to half his earnings from "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." It's set to open Sept. 24.
She says their divorce deal gives her rights to share in proceeds from spin-offs from work he did while the couple was married, including the 1987 hit "Wall Street."
Michael Douglas' lawyers say his ex is misinterpreting the agreement. They also say the case belongs in California, where the couple divorced.
Lautner sues RV dealer
Taylor Lautner is suing an RV dealership he claims didn't deliver a customized coach in time for use on his current movie shoot.
The star of the "Twilight" series sued the Irvine, Calif., dealership of McMahon's RV in Los Angeles on Monday. The lawsuit claims McMahon's missed a June deadline to deliver a $300,000 customized 2006 Affinity Country Coach RV.
The lawsuit doesn't specify what special features the 18-year-old wanted for the RV, which would serve as his dressing room. He is currently filming the action-thriller "Abduction" and is reprising his role as Jacob Black in the two-part "Twilight finale, "Breaking Dawn."
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Game show host Monty Hall , 89... actor Sean Connery , 80... talk show/game show host Regis Philbin , 79 ... actor Tom Skerritt , 77... rock singer-actor Gene Simmons , 61... rock singer Elvis Costello , 56... movie director Tim Burton , 52... country singer Billy Ray Cyrus , 49... actor Blair Underwood , 46... television chef Rachael Ray , 42 ... country singer Jo Dee Messina , 40... model Claudia Schiffer , 40... actress Rachel Bilson , 29... actress Blake Lively , 23.