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After Pope’s surprise retirement, a shocked media speculates on successor

The world’s media speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict said on Monday that he would step down at the end of this month because of health reasons, becoming…

Doctor Who goes 3D for 50th birthday

Time Lord’s half-centenary will be celebrated with special screenings in 3D in cinemas and on BBC HD channel The Time Lord is accustomed to travelling through space and time, but BBC1′s Doctor Who will have an added dimension for its 50th-anniversary special, which will be filmed in 3D and shown…

DC Comics hires anti-LGBT writer for Superman series

Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of…

Sarah Silverman’s sister among 10 arrested for wearing men’s prayer shawls, praying at Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israeli police on Monday took 10 women for questioning after they wrapped themselves in men’s prayer shawls and prayed at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, in the Old City of Jerusalem. “Around a hundred women gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning, they wrapped themselves in…

Esquire reporter: Man who killed bin Laden faced life ‘like a mafia snitch’ after leaving Navy

While an Esquire magazine contributor said on Monday that the U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden doesn’t have access to health care after leaving the service, military guidelines indicate that the operative would still be eligible for government benefits. “What they offered when he came out,…

Radio DJ behind fatal royal hoax back on the air

One of the Australian radio hosts at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy in which a nurse was found hanged returned to the airwaves Monday. Michael Christian, with Mel Greig, made the phone call to London’s King Edward VII Hospital in December pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and…

‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ wins Grammy for Record Of The Year

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra won the coveted Record of the Year award at the 55th Grammy Awards. The song beat “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson, “We Are Young” by fun., “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank…

Rupert Murdoch hints at ending UK paper’s topless photos

Topless models have featured in the Sun for 40 years but the media mogul tweeted that they may belong in the past For more than 40 years, campaigners have tried to kill off the Sun’s practice of printing photographs of topless women on Page 3 – but to no avail.…

‘Ferlinghetti’ explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist

'Ferlinghetti' explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the founder of San Francisco’s legendary City Lights Bookstore.(Henny Ray Abrams/AP) The poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the subject of a wide-ranging knockabout jamboree of a documentary about his life, appropriately titled “Ferlinghetti.” Director Christopher…  …

‘Lincoln’ screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error pointed out by Connecticut representative

The screenwriter of “Lincoln,” which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for “15 seconds,” after a lawmaker complained. Democratic Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut said a key scene the film was wrong to suggest that two congressmen from his state…

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