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Kidnapped NBC journalist Richard Engel and crew freed after firefight in Syria

After five-day ordeal, US network’s chief foreign correspondent and his crew are unharmed Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for the US network NBC and members of his team, have been freed unharmed from their Syrian captors after a firefight. They had been held for five days. The group disappeared…

Tarantino film ‘Django Unchained’ latest to be pulled after school massacre

A Hollywood premiere of notoriously violent director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film “Django Unchained” was canceled Monday, the latest such response to the Connecticut school massacre. A string of movies and TV shows have been pulled or postponed since Friday’s shootings, while sporting events have held moments of silence and players…

Hacker jailed for leaking nude pictures of Scarlett Johansson

A US judge jailed a computer hacker for 10 years on Monday for breaking into the email accounts of stars, including Scarlett Johansson, naked pictures of whom were leaked online. A federal judge in Los Angeles also ordered 36-year-old Christopher Chaney, from Florida, to pay a total of $76,000 to…

Industry survey: Nearly all major publications have mobile web presence

Almost all major US newspapers and magazines have a mobile Web presence, and most of those without one will create one in the coming months, an industry survey showed Monday. The report by the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly known as the Audit Bureau of Circulations, said 90 percent of…

The Scream: Yemeni women make their voices heard in documentary

At the peak of the uprising against now ousted Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, Khadija al-Salami left her diplomatic post in Paris to film the mass participation by long-marginalised women in the revolt. In her documentary “The Scream,” screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, Salami — who was forced…

Police: Arrests possible for spreading false info on Facebook after shootings

Authorities investigating the deadly US school shooting warned Sunday of misinformation circulating on social media about the massacre. Those spreading such fake details could be subject to arrest, Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police told reporters in the wake of Friday’s attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School that…

Actor Gerard Depardieu ‘giving up French passport’ in tax controversy

France’s leading actor Gerard Depardieu said on Sunday he was giving up his French passport after being “insulted” by the prime minister calling him “pathetic” for becoming a tax exile in Belgium. In an open letter to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the 63-year-old “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Green Card” star…

Valerie Plame welcomes new breed of fictional female spy in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Former CIA agent exposed in 2003 praises emergence of heroine ‘whose most important weapon is her intellect’ The heroine of Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial new movie Zero Dark Thirty stands out for her weapon of choice when helping to run down Osama bin Laden – a quick and ruthless mind. Unlike…

News outlets to fight Romney campaign over food, travel expenses

While the election ended over a month ago, relations between news outlets and the Romney campaign may become even more fraught in the near future. Multiple organizations are preparing to file an official complaint regarding large charges billed to them by the campaign for meals and other events, reported BuzzFeed.…

American Muslims launch campaign to reclaim ‘jihad’

US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism. The campaign features Muslims describing their personal struggles — the meaning of jihad — on bus ads, Twitter, Facebook and a…

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