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Musk’s mother says stop the ‘hate’

Elon Musk’s mother has urged the billionair­e’s critics to “stop being mean to him” and says that because of his massive success her son “gets a lot of hate”. Maye Musk defended the new Twitter owner in a BBC documentar­y in which she described the world’s richest person as a “genius”. Mr Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has come under a withering

barrage of criticism since his chaotic $44bn (£37bn) purchase of Twitter.

Slovenia elects first woman president

Liberal rights advocate Natasa Pirc Musar won a runoff yesterday to become Slovenia’s first female head of state, and said she will seek to bridge the deep left-right divide in the Alpine nation of 2 million. With nearly all of the votes counted in the small European Union nation, Pirc Musar led Slovenia's conservati­ve former foreign minister Anze Logar by 54 per cent to 46 per cent. Her victory boosts the country's liberal bloc following the center-left coalition victory in Slovenia's parliament­ary election in April.

“My first task will be to open a dialogue among all Slovenians,” she said as her election team celebrated. “In the democratic election, Slovenians have shown what kind of a country they want. All my life I've advocated the same values: democracy, human rights, tolerance. It's time to stop dealing with the past. Many things have to be done in the future,” she declared. Logar conceded defeat, saying he hopes Pirc Musar “will carry out all the promises” that she made during the campaign. AP

Joni Mitchell says her music ‘upset’ male singers

Joni Mitchell has said she “took a lot of flak” over her music in the 1970s in a rare interview with Elton John. Mitchell sat down with Elton for his Rocket Hour radio show on Apple Music on Saturday. “It was almost like Dylan going electric. I think it upset the male singer-songwriter­s,” the 79-year-old said, adding: “They’d go, ‘Oh no. Do we have to bare our souls like this now?’” She also noted that the younger generation “seem to be able to face those emotions more easily than my generation”.

Six killed after mid-air collision at Dallas airshow

Six people were killed after a Second World War heavy bomber and fighter plane were involved in a mid-air collision during a Dallas airshow. The accident occurred during the Commemorat­ive Air Force Wings Over Dallas event at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas on Saturday afternoon. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed around 1320 local time [1920 GMT], according to the Federal Aviation Administra­tion. Leah Block, a spokespers­on for Commemorat­ive Air Force, told ABC News that she believed there were five crew members on the B-17 and one aboard the P63. The B-17, a huge four-engine bomber, was a mainstay of US air power during the Second World War while the Kingcobra was used mostly by Soviet forces during the conflict.

Aaron Carter memoir release delayed

The release date of Aaron Carter’s posthumous, unfinished memoir has been pushed back, following criticism from the late singer’s friends and family. Carter was found dead at his California home on 5 November, aged 34. The book, titled Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life, was written by journalist Andy Symonds and scheduled to be released on 15 November by Ballast Books. Shortly after the release was announced, Hilary Duff criticised the move as a “heartless money grab”. Carter’s management thanked Duff for her statement and requested that nothing be released “without approval from his family, friends, and associates”.

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 ?? (AFP) ?? Maye Musk with her son Elon at the Met Gala in New York earlier this year
(AFP) Maye Musk with her son Elon at the Met Gala in New York earlier this year
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