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Newsweek ‘Muslim Rage’ cover sparks wave of scorn

Newsweek’s front page about the deadly protests currently sweeping the Muslim world has sparked a storm of controversy and derision on Twitter as internet users mock the magazine’s headline “Muslim Rage.” “Lost nephew at the airport but can’t yell for him because his name is Jihad. #MuslimRage,” one Twitter user…

Google blocks anti-Islam film in Malaysia

Google has begun barring access in Malaysia to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked fury across the Muslim world after the country’s Internet regulator lodged an official complaint. The low-budget movie, entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, has angered followers of Islam for its mocking of the Prophet Mohammed, and for portraying…

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ tops North American box office

Science fiction thriller “Resident Evil: Retribution” topped the North American box office at the weekend, holding off the 3D version of “Finding Nemo,” estimates showed Sunday. Both films were making their debut but the former, starring Milla Jovovich, took $20.6 million in receipts, ahead of “Finding Nemo,” which earned $17.5…

Iran foundation boosts bounty to kill Rushdie: media

An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made. Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,…

British royals to lodge criminal complaint over Kate Middleton topless photos

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are to lodge a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publishing of topless photographs which appeared in a French magazine, a palace spokeswoman said Sunday. “We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French…

SNL debuts with actual African-American ‘Obama,’ whose secret election weapon is Mitt Romney

The 38th season of Saturday Night Live premiered this week with an opening segment featuring new cast member Jay Pharoah portraying President Barack Obama. “Obama” had been previously impersonated by white guy Fred Armisen. During the segment, Pharoah’s “Obama” expressed confidence in re-election, using a clueless, gaffe-prone “Mitt Romney” and…

Jack Kerouac’s ex-girlfriend lifts lid on beat novelist’s rise and fall

Joyce Johnson’s new book reveals details of their relationship and how fame blighted On the Road author The former girlfriend of the leading novelist of the beat generation Jack Kerouac has revealed details of their affair and his descent into bizarre behaviour on finding fame, in a new book to…

Minnie Mouse and Americana hit London Fashion Week

British designer Jasper Conran brought a taste of 1970s Americana to London Fashion Week on Saturday, while some of his colleagues paid tribute to an unlikely style icon — Minnie Mouse. On the second day of London Fashion Week, barefoot models trampled a grassy catwalk as they showed off Conran’s…

Irish tabloid prints topless Kate photos

Britain’s royal family on Saturday condemned the “greed” of an Irish newspaper that published topless photographs of Prince William’s wife Catherine, and warned an Italian magazine not to follow suit. The grainy images of Catherine sunbathing in her bikini bottoms appeared in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star, a fresh blow to…

Online rights groups fear backlash amid video protests

Internet rights champions on Friday were fearful that free speech online may be among the victims of violence spurred by an anti-Islam video posted to YouTube. A decision by YouTube parent Google to deny access to the video in Libya and Egypt even though the film’s hateful message isn’t aimed…

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