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Bulbul lashes Bangladesh, India, 12 dead

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At least 13 people have been killed in Bangladesh and India after cyclone Bulbul lashed coastal areas this weekend though prompt evacuations saved many lives and the worst is over, officials say.

Five of the six victims in Bangladesh were killed by falling trees, including a 52-year old woman who had spent the night in a shelter. She returned home on Sunday and was killed when a tree crashed on to her house.

Another victim, a 60-year old fisherman, had refused to evacuate.

About 30 people were injured and around 6000 homes were partially or fully damaged, Bangladeshi authorities said.

Two fishing boats have not yet returned and relatives have been unable to contact the roughly 36 men on board, added Anwar Uddin, a local public representative in the southern Bhola district.

No major damage was immediately reported in camps in southeast Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar are living.

In India’s state of West Bengal, seven people were killed, Javed Khan, the state’s minister for disaster management told reporters on Sunday evening.

India’s meteorological department said the cyclone was expected to weaken but warned fishermen not to venture out to sea for the next 12 hours.

Up to 2 million people from all of Bangladesh’s 13 coastal districts huddled in about 5558 shelters on Saturday night. Outside, wind speeds rose to between 100 and 120km per hour and some low-lying coastal areas were flooded.

Wind speeds have now come down to between 70 and 80km/h, authorities said.

“It may take a couple of days to get a normal situation,” Enamur Rahman, junior minister for disaster management and relief, told Reuters.

About 1200 predominantly domestic tourists were stuck on St Martin’s Island, part of the Cox’s Bazar district, Rahman said. “All of them will be rescued,” he said.

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Boy thrown from Tate Modern better: family

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A young boy who was violently thrown from the viewing platform of London’s Tate Modern gallery is regaining his health and control over his body, his family say in a statement on Sunday.

The boy, then 6, suffered broken bones in his arms, legs and spine as well as a cerebral haemorrhage on August 5 when he was thrown from the 10th floor by a 17-year-old boy he did not know.

“We can now bring him outside in a wheelchair to [breathe] fresh air,” the family said during a holiday in France, adding that the boy could smile and had begun moving his legs again. “And just since today, he manages to make real kisses. It warms our hearts so much…”

More than 140,000 euros ($A225,000) have been collected for the victim and his family on a fundraising website.

The accused teenager has since been been charged with attempted murder.

Hundreds of tourists and families visit the popular central London museum at weekends. The viewing platform, overlooking the river Thames, is a highlight for many visitors.

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Kyle Sandilands jets to Los Angeles with personal assistant Tegan Kynaston after Imogen split

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Kyle Sandilands flew to Los Angeles over the weekend following his split from longtime girlfriend Imogen Anthony.

The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning, with a source telling Daily Mail Australia he was joined by his personal assistant Tegan Kynaston on the flight, but the pair left the terminal separately. 

Kyle and Tegan had previously spent time in the U.S. together in late September, in the aftermath of his controversial Virgin Mary ‘joke’. 

Heading overseas: Kyle Sandilands flew to Los Angeles over the weekend following his split from longtime girlfriend Imogen Anthony. Pictured at LAX on Sunday

Heading overseas: Kyle Sandilands flew to Los Angeles over the weekend following his split from longtime girlfriend Imogen Anthony. Pictured at LAX on Sunday

Heading overseas: Kyle Sandilands flew to Los Angeles over the weekend following his split from longtime girlfriend Imogen Anthony. Pictured at LAX on Sunday

Kyle’s manager, Bruno Bouchet, refused to comment on the radio star’s whereabouts but confirmed he will continue host his Sydney breakfast show as normal until the end of the year.

‘As a security precaution, we don’t comment on Kyle’s specific location. I can, however, confirm that Kyle will continue to be on the air until the end of the radio ratings period in early December,’ said Mr Bouchet.

The shock jock appeared glum as he landed in California, and raced outside for a cigarette following the 17 hour flight, with Tegan nowhere to be seen. 

He dressed in an all black ensemble, and looked displeased to be photographed as he made his way to Sixt car hire. 

Cig break: The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning

Cig break: The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning

Cig break: The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning

Cig break: The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning

Cig break: The KIIS FM host, 48, was pictured arriving in LAX on Sunday morning

Work trip: A source told Daily Mail Australia that he was joined by his personal assistant Tegan Kynaston on the flight, but she left the terminal separately

Work trip: A source told Daily Mail Australia that he was joined by his personal assistant Tegan Kynaston on the flight, but she left the terminal separately

Work trip: A source told Daily Mail Australia that he was joined by his personal assistant Tegan Kynaston on the flight, but she left the terminal separately

Overseas: Kyle and personal assistant Tegan (left) were photographed in LA together in September, during the aftermath of his Virgin Mary 'joke'. Pictured on September 26

Overseas: Kyle and personal assistant Tegan (left) were photographed in LA together in September, during the aftermath of his Virgin Mary 'joke'. Pictured on September 26

Overseas: Kyle and personal assistant Tegan (left) were photographed in LA together in September, during the aftermath of his Virgin Mary ‘joke’. Pictured on September 26

Kyle last returned from LA on October 7 following an initial trip with assistant Tegan Kynaston, with it currently unclear how long the pair are overseas for this time. 

Last Tuesday, Kyle stunned listeners of The Kyle & Jackie O Show by announcing his split from longterm girlfriend, Imogen Anthony. 

On Monday, New Idea magazine claimed their split came due to Kyle’s apparent ‘reluctance to make a commitment’ to Imogen. 

‘Imogen has desperately wanted to get married and have kids for quite some time now, but unfortunately Kyle wasn’t ready,’ a source told the magazine.  

Fresh air: The shock jock appeared glum as he landed in California, and raced outside for a cigarette following the 17 hour flight, with Tegan nowhere to be seen 

‘A lot of people have been hitting us up on social media, a few phone calls, some media inquiries about my relationship status,’ Kyle said on the radio.

‘We [Imogen and I] haven’t been living with each other for quite a few months now. Unfortunately it’s just run its course.’

On Friday afternoon, Imogen Anthony, 28, broke her silence about their split in an emotional video filmed on the couple’s $2.9 million farm in the Southern Highlands.  

‘We have a lot to deal with separately,’ Imogen, who was dressed in a huge fur coat with nothing on underneath, said.

‘Unfortunately it’s just run its course’: Last Tuesday, Kyle stunned listeners by announcing his split from longterm girlfriend, Imogen Anthony. Pictured: Kyle on Friday in Sydney

Imogen added: ‘It’s probably been one of the hardest years of our lives, separately.

‘I’ve got so much family stuff, and there’s so much health stuff involved between us.

‘We just kind of want to… get each other, get ourselves into the best form of ourselves we can be, without kind of just p**ing in each other’s pockets.

‘We still love each other very much, we speak every day. We still see each other, we deal with things with each other.’ 

The blonde is currently being supported by family and friends at the farm.  

''It's probably been one of the hardest years of our lives, separately': On Friday afternoon, Imogen Anthony (pictured), 28, broke her silence about their split in an emotional video

''It's probably been one of the hardest years of our lives, separately': On Friday afternoon, Imogen Anthony (pictured), 28, broke her silence about their split in an emotional video

”It’s probably been one of the hardest years of our lives, separately’: On Friday afternoon, Imogen Anthony (pictured), 28, broke her silence about their split in an emotional video

'We still love each other very much, we speak every day. We still see each other, we deal with things with each other,' said Imogen on Friday

'We still love each other very much, we speak every day. We still see each other, we deal with things with each other,' said Imogen on Friday

‘We still love each other very much, we speak every day. We still see each other, we deal with things with each other,’ said Imogen on Friday 

Low profile: Imogen is staying at the couple’s $2.9m farm (pictured) in the Southern Highlands

Low profile: Imogen is staying at the couple’s $2.9m farm (pictured) in the Southern Highlands

Low profile: Imogen is staying at the couple’s $2.9m farm (pictured) in the Southern Highlands

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Roman Polanski considers suing French newspaper for publishing rape accusation

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Roman Polanski is considering suing the French newspaper that published accusations that he raped a former actress in the 1970s.

The Oscar-winning director’s lawyer made the announcement Sunday as Polanski faces renewed fire over the latest claim of sexual assault. 

Valentine Monnier, a photographer and former actress, recounted an ‘extremely violent’ assault and rape by Polanski at his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad in 1975, when she was 18.

France‘s author and director guild could meet soon on whether to exclude the French-Polish star, its vice-president told Le Parisien newspaper, which published the allegations Friday.  

Responding to the claims, a lawyer for the director said: ‘Roman Polanski firmly denies all accusations of rape’

Responding to the claims, a lawyer for the director said: ‘Roman Polanski firmly denies all accusations of rape’

In a detailed victim statement released through the Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier said she now wanted to accuse Polanski (pictured on Monday in Paris) of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975

In a detailed victim statement released through the Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier said she now wanted to accuse Polanski (pictured on Monday in Paris) of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975

In a detailed victim statement released through Le Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier (right, in her acting days) said she now wanted to accuse Polanski (pictured left last month) of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy

Monnier said he tried to make her swallow a pill during the attack, and later made a tearful apology while demanding a promise that she never tell anyone. 

‘I thought I was going to die,’ she said in an open letter published by Le Parisien, which also interviewed her and said it had contacted witnesses who confirmed the account.

Monnier is the first Frenchwoman to level charges of sexual assault against Polanski, whose new film, ‘An Officer and a Spy’, comes out in France under the title ‘J’accuse’ on Wednesday.

‘Mr Polanski disputes in the strongest terms this rape accusation,’ his lawyer Herve Temime said in a statement.

‘We are working on the legal action to bring against this publication,’ he added. 

Monnier’s claims have rocked a French film industry already reeling after a top actress last week accused the director of her first film of sexually harassing her when she was just 12.

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days) said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days) said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days) said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him'

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him'

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him’

Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis

Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis

Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis 

Adele Haenel, whose account has garnered an outpouring of support, on Saturday urged others to speak out in support of Monnier and ‘take notice of her story’.

The allegations may prove a turning point for French cinema, where the #MeToo movement against rape and sexual assault that rocked Hollywood has not prompted as deep a reckoning of abuses in the industry.

Broadcaster TF1 confirmed Sunday that the star of Polanski’s new film, Jean Dujardin, had cancelled a prime-time interview set for Sunday night.

The Dutch-Belgian actress Sand Van Roy, who has accused French director Luc Besson of rape in a case under investigation, tweeted that she believed Monnier’s graphic account.

Monnier wrote that Polanski ‘pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things’.

She had previously written to France’s first lady Brigitte Macron, who forwarded them to France’s equality minister Marlene Schiappa, who has pushed for new measures to combat sexual abuse.

Schiappa wrote to Monnier in March last year and hailed her courage ‘in daring to break the silence,’ while reiterating that the alleged attack was beyond France’s statutes of limitations for prosecution.

In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen above in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time

In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen above in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time

Samantha Geimer is seen above in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski

Samantha Geimer is seen above in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski

In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen left in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time. Geimer is seen right in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski

Monnier, who acted in a few films in the 1980s, said the release of Polanski’s film, about one of the most notorious errors of justice in French history, the Dreyfus affair, had prompted her to speak out.

‘How could he benefit from public funds to instrumentalise history, and in doing so rewrite his own to cover up his criminal past,’ she wrote.

Polanski was first accused of rape by the mother of American Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when she was drugged at the home of film star Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles in 1977.

In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis accused him of ‘sexually abusing’ her in 1983 when she was 16.

Another woman, identified only as Robin, accused him in August 2017 of sexual assault when she was 16 in 1973.

Polanski (pictured with Sharon Tate) was struck by tragedy in 1969 when his then pregnant wife was murdered along with four friends by members of the Manson family at the couple's Hollywood home

Polanski (pictured with Sharon Tate) was struck by tragedy in 1969 when his then pregnant wife was murdered along with four friends by members of the Manson family at the couple's Hollywood home

Polanski (pictured with Sharon Tate) was struck by tragedy in 1969 when his then pregnant wife was murdered along with four friends by members of the Manson family at the couple’s Hollywood home 

The murders have recently been made into a film set to be released later this month, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, by director Quentin Tarantino (pictured, Polanski with Sharon Tate)

The murders have recently been made into a film set to be released later this month, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, by director Quentin Tarantino (pictured, Polanski with Sharon Tate)

The murders have recently been made into a film set to be released later this month, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, by director Quentin Tarantino (pictured, Polanski with Sharon Tate) 

The next month, former actress Renate Langer filed a new complaint alleging she was raped by Polanski in 1972 when she was 15.

And then in October 2017, California artist Marianne Barnard accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1975 after asking her to pose naked when she was just 10 years old.

The claims, all denied by Polanski, nevertheless forced him to abandon the presidency of the 2017 Cesars, the French equivalent of the Oscars.

Although awarded the 2003 Best Director Oscar for ‘The Pianist’, Polanski was expelled from the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018. 

From sexual assault accusations to the murder of his wife: Who is Roman Polanski? 

Roman Polanski, a French-Polish director whose films have won eight Oscars, has been a fugitive from the US since 1978. 

He was arrested and charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. 

He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor before undergoing 42 days of psychiatric evaluation in prison while awaiting sentencing. 

Once he learned the judge planned to give him a prison term, he fled to Paris and has been avoiding extradition ever since. 

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 1974 film, Chinatown

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 1974 film, Chinatown

Pictured is a scene from Polanski’s 1974 film, Chinatown 

Polanski was born in Paris in 1933 but moved back to Poland with his parents in 1936. 

Three years later the family were trapped in Krakow as Nazis invaded Poland. 

His parents were taken during raids, leaving Polanski to be brought up by the foster care system while using a different identity to evade Nazi capture.

In 1965 he directed his first feature-length film, Knife in the Water, before directing three more films in the UK. 

He moved to the US in 1968 where he directed psychological horror film Rosemary’s Baby and gained status. 

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2005 film, Oliver Twist

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2005 film, Oliver Twist

Pictured is a scene from Polanski’s 2005 film, Oliver Twist

In 1969 he was struck by tragedy when his then pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered along with four friends by the Manson family. 

He has been married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner since 1989.  

After Sharon Tate’s death Polanski returned to Europe and carried on his career until 1974 when he went back to America to direct Chinatown. 

Although he was known as a convicted rapist, Polanski’s career continued to blossom after he fled America in 1978. 

He returned once more to Europe where he became famous for directing films such as The Pianist (2002), a film about a Polish Jew who was trying to avoid Nazi capture, and Oliver Twist (2005).

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2002 film, The Pianist

Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2002 film, The Pianist

Pictured is a scene from Polanski’s 2002 film, The Pianist

In 2009 he was arrested by Swiss officials when he went to the Zurich Film Festival. 

His arrest sparked a backlash from Hollywood stars and Harvey Weinstein, who 80 women have accused of sexual assault, started a petition demanding Polanski’s immediate release. 

The ‘We demand the immediate release of Roman’ petition was signed by the likes of Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese and Tilda Swinton.  

In 2017 two women came forward to accuse Polanski of sexual assault, Renate Langer claimed he raped her when she was 16 in 1972. 

And Marianne Barnard claimed he molested her and photographed her naked when she was 10 years old in 1975.

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