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Mexico’s drug cartels target journalists in brutal killing spree

Scores of journalists have died in a country gripped by violence that has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives since 2006 He shakes as he speaks and at moments his eyes fill. “It’s certain that the people who killed my colleague were criminals,” he says. “The killing had the modus operandi…

Painting in Eric Clapton’s collection fetches record price for living artist at auction

German artist’s Abstraktes Bild (809-4), part of Eric Clapton’s art collection, sold by Sotheby’s in London for £21.3m An abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21.3m, setting a new record for the price paid at auction for the work of a living artist. Abstraktes Bild…

From book to screen, filmmakers discuss challenges

Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, most of whose films have been based on well-known books, believes novelists now more readily embrace the adaptation of their works onto the big screen. Daldry was among the movers and shakers from international film, publishing and multimedia industries to share their insight into storytelling at…

Reddit blocks Gawker in controversy over ‘creepshot’ photos

Free speech row after journalist sought to reveal identity of man running forums featuring extreme adult content Blog network Gawker has found itself engaged in a vicious exchange with users of content sharing and recommendations website Reddit’s sleazier sub-forums after a journalist began investigating extreme adult content on the site.…

Affleck film ‘Argo’ recounts Hollywood role in Iran crisis

AFP - Actor-director Ben Affleck’s latest movie tells the incredible story of Hollywood’s role in an attempt to get a group of US diplomats out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. “Argo,” Affleck’s third film behind the camera, is set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution and the international…

Indian state drops cartoonist’s sedition charge

AFP - Indian prosecutors dropped sedition charges Friday against a cartoonist whose arrest over his anti-corruption drawings outraged freedom of speech campaigners, his lawyer said. Aseem Trivedi, whose online cartoons include the national parliament depicted as a huge toilet bowl, was detained in Mumbai early last month before being released four…

Pussy Riot ruling sows division says Russia media

AFP - The court ruling that saw one member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot walk free from court has generated new tensions in a case that is far from over, Russian media reported on Thursday. A Russian appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly ordered the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich, but…

Rolling stones release new song on greatest hits album

A new song by the Rolling Stones, one of two included in their forthcoming “Grrr!” greatest hits album, will be released on Thursday, the group’s Universal record label said. “Doom and Gloom”, recorded in Paris over the summer, will be broadcast by radio stations and available as a digital download…

Lady Gaga and Julian Assange meet in London

LONDON — US pop star Lady Gaga has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where he is currently seeking refuge, photos published on her website showed Tuesday. Gaga met with the former hacker for dinner at the embassy on Monday after launching her new perfume at the…

Study: French online classifieds now outnumber print

French online classified advertisements exceeded ads in print publications for the first in 2011, the Xerfi-Percepta market research firm said on Tuesday, but warned of a slowdown of spectacular growth. “While online classifieds jumped by 17 percent last year, print classifieds fell by 2.6 percent from 2010,” a Xerfi-Percepta study…

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