Yeo donates Malala portrait for auction

NEW YORK - A portrait of a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education is being sold by its British artist to help further her cause.

Jonathan Yeo, a leading British portraitist, painted Malala Yousafzai in 2013 shortly after she started attending a school in Birmingham, England, where she now lives.

The painting hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London last year for an exhibition of Yeo's portraits of well-known figures including Sienna Miller, Kevin Spacey and Rupert Murdoch.

Christie's auction house is offering the Malala portrait, which shows the teenager doing her homework, on Wednesday. It has a presale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.

Yeo's said he will donate all the proceeds to The Malala Fund.

McCartney cancels Japan tour due to virus

TOKYO - Paul McCartney is canceling his entire Japan tour because of illness.

The former Beatle got a virus last week and canceled several concerts, apologizing online to fans.

Now, his organizers say he is not well enough to do any of the concerts in Japan, including the one set for Wednesday at Nippon Budokan hall, where the Beatles performed during their first Japan tour in 1966.

The official site of McCartney's "Out There Japan Tour 2014" said his doctors are ordering him "complete rest."

McCartney, 71, is still scheduled for a concert in Seoul, South Korea, on May 28 at Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium, followed by 19 U.S. performances.

In Japan, two weekend concerts in Tokyo, a makeup concert scheduled for Monday and another in Osaka on Saturday were all canceled.

Representatives for McCartney declined further comment Wednesday about his illness.

BET to air discussion about kidnapping

NEW YORK - The BET television network is airing a special discussion this week on the sexual exploitation of children, an idea set in motion by the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamic extremists.

The town hall-style discussion is called "Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters Are Our Daughters." It airs Friday night on BET and will be repeated Saturday on the Centric network. It was taped Saturday in Atlanta.

Participants include activist-actors Nicole Ari Parker and Tasha Smith, along with singer India.Arie and minister Dr. Bernice King.

BET says the special will discuss the problem of human trafficking throughout the world and its impact on communities.

It will also include an update from Nigeria on the latest about the missing girls.

Associated Press