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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Previously unpublished extracts from the diary of iconic Welsh actor Richard Burton have revealed his “aching” love for screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married twice.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…

U.K. Foreign Office: We would refuse Assange safe passage out of London

Britain has told Ecuador that it would refuse to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage out of the country even if Quito grants him asylum, official notes showed Thursday. Police and protesters gathered outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on Thursday ahead of a statement from Quito on whether or…

Foodies celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday

Foodies paid tribute Wednesday to celebrity chef Julia Child, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman who introduced Americans to exotic French delicacies like boeuf bourguignon. Across the United States, 100 restaurants celebrated with Child-inspired menus during the Julia Child Restaurant Week, which runs August 7-15. “Happy…

Unification Church founder –and Washington Times and UPI owner– Sun Myung Moon in critical condition

The founder of the controversial Unification Church is in a South Korean hospital in critical condition due to complications from pneumonia, his spokesman said on Thursday. Sun Myung Moon, 92, was admitted to Seoul’s St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday and has been unconscious since then, Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP, describing…

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