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Elton John fears son will face homophobia

LONDON — Elton John believes his son Zachary’s childhood is going to be “very difficult”, battling homophobia and the impact of his father’s fame, the pop icon said in an interview published Tuesday. The 65-year-old British star and his Canadian civil partner David Furnish, 49, became parents on December 25,…

Myanmar says it ends decades of media censorship

Myanmar said it had abolished media censorship on Monday in the latest in a series of rapid democratic reforms, delighting journalists who lived for decades under the shadow of the censors’ marker pen. Draconian pre-publication checks – applied in the past to everything from newspapers to song lyrics and even…

‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott commits suicide: report

Prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott, whose works included “Top Gun,” has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, California, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed Los Angeles police sources, the newspaper said Scott’s body was pulled out of the water near the Vincent…

Assange case a contrast to Ecuador’s embattled media

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found an unlikely ally in Ecuador President Rafael Correa, who defends the document-leaking website while cracking down on media in his own country, experts say. On Thursday Correa granted asylum to Assange, who has taken shelter at the Ecuadoran embassy in London to avoid extradition…

Russia faces international condemnation over Pussy Riot

Russia on Saturday faced a storm of international criticism for sentencing three members of the Pussy Riot punk band to two years in prison for a political protest in an Orthodox cathedral. Speculation mounted that the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, could have their sentences reduced on…

Officials from across the Americas to meet regarding Assange flap

The diplomatic row between Britain and Ecuador over the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be discussed by foreign ministers from across the Americas next week. The Organisation of American States (OAS) has voted to hold a meeting next Friday following Ecuador’s decision to grant political asylum to Assange, who…

Pussy Riot members found guilty of hooliganism

The three jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” According to the BBC, a Moscow judge has ruled that Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 “crudely undermined the social order” when they stormed the…

Richard Burton diary chronicles Liz Taylor infatuation

Previously unpublished extracts from the diary of iconic Welsh actor Richard Burton have revealed his “aching” love for screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married twice. Passages from the journal, which will be published in full in October, expose a sensitive side to the notoriously hard-drinking actor. “She has turned…

UGA student paper staff walk after faculty memo forbids ‘Liable’

The student editor-in-chief and most of the student staff of the University of Georgia’s The Red and Black newspaper resigned en masse on Wednesday, contending that control of the paper was being taken away from students and placed in the hands of non-students. In a statement published by Red and…

Study: News networks largely ignored climate change during hottest month ever

Even amid July’s record-breaking heat wave, America’s most-watched news networks largely ignored the subject of climate change, according to a study by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters. Media Matters found that ABC and CNN were the worst offenders, with just 2 percent and 4 percent of their extreme weather…

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