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Newcomers aim to knock ‘Mad Men’ off Emmy throne

Cult retro series “Mad Men” and comedy hit “Modern Family” are Emmys favorites again this weekend — but a bunch of newcomers could yet produce surprises at US television’s annual awards show. “Mad Men,” which has broken records by winning Best Drama every year since its 2007 premier, is vying…

James Murdoch set to run News Corp’s U.S. Fox TV business

James Murdoch is reportedly being lined up to run News Corporation’s Fox TV business in the US despite being sharply criticised by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday. The role being discussed would put him in charge of the Fox Networks Group, which includes the Fox terrestrial TV network as…

U.S. takes to TV and YouTube to quell Muslim anger

Frustrated the US government’s message denouncing an anti-Islam film is failing to be heard, the State Department is turning to social media and television ads to try to stem global protests. Leading the way, the US embassy in Islamabad has edited and produced a 30-second TV advertisement broadcast across seven…

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi calls for release of Pussy Riot

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, on a landmark visit to the United States, called on Thursday for the release of jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The opposition lawmaker, who spent 15 years under house arrest, said she “would like the whole group to be…

James Murdoch to oversee Fox Networks Group: report

LONDON — News Corp is planning to give James Murdoch responsibility for its US television businesses, the Fox Networks Group, the Financial Times reported in its Friday edition. Murdoch, who is already deputy chief operating officer of News Corp, will oversee the group which includes the national Fox network and…

Yoko Ono to give peace award to Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’

Yoko Ono, the artist and widow of Beatles musician and songwriter John Lennon, will bestow a peace award in the couple’s name to Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rockers, in New York on Friday. The biennial Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace will be given to Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of jailed…

Judge refuses to throw out Alec Baldwin stalking charges

A US judge declined Wednesday to throw out stalking charges that Alec Baldwin has filed against a Canadian actress, the woman’s attorney said. Attorney Maurice Sercarz had filed a motion on July 26 asking the judge to ditch the accusations on the grounds that they were vague, but Judge Mark…

Lindsay Lohan arrested in New York hit-and-run

NEW YORK — Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested early Wednesday after fleeing the scene of a Manhattan traffic accident involving a pedestrian, police said. “It was today at 2:30 am. She was arrested after leaving the scene of an accident,” a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said. “It…

Lady Gaga smokes marijuana on stage

U.S. pop singer Lady Gaga asked a crowd in Amsterdam on Tuesday night if anyone had any marijuana. After a nameless member of the audience obliged, she held a joint aloft, placed it in her mouth and happily puffed away. “Does anyone have any weed?” Gaga asked after a frenzied…

Early Christians believed Jesus wed: Harvard expert

Some early Christians believed Jesus was married, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, according to the Harvard Gazette. Professor Karen King, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of an ancient Coptic text on papyrus including the words: “Jesus said to them, my…

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