People: Cicciolina in tug-of-love battle with Jeff Koons

THE porn-star-turned-parliamentarian, Ilona Staller, aka Cicciolina, is playing quite a different role these days.

She has fled from the United States with her 18- month-old son after the breakdown of her marriage to the US pop artist, Jeff Koons. Ms Staller is wanted by US police after Mr Koons, who has custody of the boy, accused her of abducting their son. 'I only did what my heart told me to do,' she said. Mr Koons, who has become known for the sexually explicit works he has produced, using Cicciolina as a model, is filing for divorce.

FINALLY the big evening has arrived. Bill and Hillary Clinton, who've made a fetish out of informality at the White House, hosted the first state dinner of their 17 months as First Couple last night in honour of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.

The 150 guests were seated in an open tent in the Rose Garden, whose turf had been taken up to make room. Thousands of tiny lights glittering in the trees and borders illuminated the scene. Just in case though, an air conditioning unit was on hand to cope with the first steamy heatwave of the Washington summer.

Not only was it a first for the Clintons: it was also the state banquet debut of the White House's new American chef, Walter S Scheib III. The usual French cuisine was replaced by all-American cuisine decreed by Mrs Clinton. 'Very simple and very fresh' is the watchword of the new culinary regime. But the evening ended with a fanfare by the old: a 25- minute recital by Mstislav Rostropovich, the retiring director of the National Symphony Orchestra, based in Washington,and perhaps the finest cellist of his generation.

ISRAEL made a mistake in executing Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi death camps, and should have kept him alive in a glass cage to witness Israel's achievements, according to an Israeli official.

David Zucker, the head of the parliamentary law commission, said during a debate on Israeli military radio: 'With hindsight I think this execution has somewhat concealed the horrors of the Shoah (Holcaust).'

'We should have kept him in a glass cage so that he could see what has been achieved here in Israel. That would have been a much harder sentence on him.'

Eichmann recommended ways to improve the efficiency of the gas chambers used to kill Jews after he visited Auschwitz.

THE North Korean leadership may not be flavour of the month in the international community, but the Pyongyang post office loves them. It has issued stamps to commemorate the work of Kim Jong-Il, heir-apparent to his father, President Kim Il-Sung, or 'the supreme leader'.

The stamps are apparently to commemorate Kim junior's 30 years on the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. The stamps show Kim Jong-Il 'wisely organising and leading the work of the party, the state and the army as a whole with his tireless and energetic activities', according to the state-controlled media.

(Photograph omitted)

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
News
Robert De Niro has walked off the set of Edge of Darkness
news The Godfather Part II actor has an estimated wealth of over $200m
Arts and Entertainment
Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1 after a decade
radio The popular DJ is leaving for 'family and new adventures'
Sport
Robbie Savage will not face a driving ban
football'Mr Marmite' faced the possibility of a 28-day ban
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Voices
voices
Life and Style
Nearly half of all young people in middle and high income countries were putting themselves at risk of tinnitus and, in extreme cases, irreversible hearing loss
health
News
It was only when he left his post Tony Blair's director of communications that Alastair Campbell has published books
people The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Life and Style
fashion
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in ‘I Am Michael’
filmJustin Kelly's latest film tells the story of a man who 'healed' his homosexuality and turned to God
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Public Service Broadcasting are going it alone
music
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Sauce Recruitment: Retail Planning Manager - Home Entertainment UK

salary equal to £40K pro-rata: Sauce Recruitment: Are you available to start a...

Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - London - up to £40,000

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Creative Front-End Developer - Claph...

Recruitment Genius: Product Quality Assurance Technologist - Hardline & Electric

£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The role in this successful eco...

Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000 QA Tes...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower