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Psy brings some ‘Gangnam Style’ to Oxford University

LONDON — South Korean pop sensation Psy was mobbed by screaming fans as he arrived in Britain on Wednesday to bring a touch of his “Gangnam Style” to the prestigious Oxford University debating society. Wearing his trademark dapper suit and sunglasses, the rapper attracted a horde of fans and photographers…

Obama victory a victory for number-crunching statistical modeling geek Nate Silver

It was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, it was validation for the number-crunchers and statistical model geeks, including a New York Times blogger who became a target for conservatives. Tuesday’s election made a star out of Nate Silver, whose FiveThirtyEight blog for the US daily tracked the…

News Corp. publishing profits down by nearly half after phone-hacking scandal

Home to titles including the Times, Sun and Wall Street Journal hit by $67m charge relating to phone-hacking scandal.  Profits almost halved at News Corporation’s publishing division, home to titles including the Times, Sun and Wall Street Journal, in the three months to the end of September, during which the…

Pulitzer prize-winning avant-garde composer Elliott Carter dead at 103

Avant-garde composer Elliott Carter, who won the Pulitzer Prize twice in a career spanning nearly eight decades, has died in New York at the age of 103, a music publisher said. Carter had composed 158 works, from early pieces like Symphony No. 1 (1942) and Holiday Overture (1944) to this…

First film on Osama bin Laden raid pulls 2.7 million viewers

WASHINGTON — About 2.7 million viewers watched Sunday’s television premiere of the first movie about the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the National Geographic Channel said. “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” caused a stir when it was announced in October that it would…

Gandalf actor Ian McKellan chides New Zealand PM over gay ‘joke’

WELLINGTON — British actor Ian McKellan has criticised New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for using the word “gay” to mock a radio host’s attire, saying the term should not be casually used as an insult. In a radio interview last week, Key said told talkback host Jamie Mackay he…

John Cusack contemplates playing Rush Limbaugh in biopic

Left-leaning actor may take starring and producing roles in ‘non-partisan’ film about America’s controversial radio host John Cusack is being lined up to play the controversial US conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in a new biopic, according to Deadline. Though it is said to be in the early stages,…

Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy after finding out she carries ‘breast cancer gene’

Sharon Osbourne has had a double mastectomy after finding out she carries a gene which increases the risk of getting breast cancer, the British television personality said in an interview published on Monday. Osbourne, 60, a former judge on America’s Got Talent who is married to rock legend Ozzy Osbourne,…

Former Police frontman Sting to ‘move on’ as world tour hits final stretch

Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time “Police” frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December. “I’m not a very nostalgic person. It’s just not in my nature,” the singer said…

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar signs manifesto against Catalan independence

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, writer Mario Vargas Llosa and a long list of Spanish intellectuals published a manifesto Sunday against independence for Catalonia in northeast Spain. “Several hundred intellectuals and professionals have signed a call in favour of federalism and the left to respond to the growing secessionism being pushed by……

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