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Russian deputy prime minister calls Madonna a moralizing ‘former slut’ for Pussy Riot support

A senior Russian official has implied that Madonna is a moralising “slut” after the singer used a Moscow concert to state her support for the jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot. “With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality,” Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, wrote on…

Olympics closing ceremony ‘camp and cheesy,’ says music director

The London Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday will be a “beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling” journey through British pop history, its musical director promised. David Arnold, composer of five James Bond scores, told the Daily Telegraph that predictions Paul McCartney and Adele would perform were “scarily accurate”, but…

New York Times says in talks to sell About.com

The New York Times Company has confirmed it is in talks to sell off its how-to website About.com, but insisted that no definitive deal had been reached. “The negotiations are ongoing and there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached or that a transaction will be completed,”…

Scandal-hit News Corp posts big loss

Rupert Murdoch’s embattled media giant News Corp posted a net loss of $1.51 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter Wednesday, as the firm prepared for a major restructuring. The company’s bottom line was hit by a $2.85 billion charge apparently related to a plan to split its entertainment division from…

San Diego investigating right-wing newspaper owner’s in-house car museum

The city of San Diego is investigating an auto museum the city’s largest newspaper is installing inside its offices, following a local reporter’s inquiry. Earlier this week, reporter Randy Dotinga asked U-T San Diego CEO and part-owner John Lynch via email about the city’s look into whether the museum, and…

Schlafly: Obama ‘trying to treat Christians like smokers’

In a radio segment released Tuesday, conservative anti-feminist writer Phyllis Schlafly claimed that President Barack Obama is “trying to treat Christians like smokers” by eradicating “all evidence of religion from public places.” She pinned her theory on a speech given by President Obama in 2010 in which he misquoted the…

DreamWorks plans $3.2 billion China tourist attraction

DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday said it plans to build a $3.2 billion “entertainment zone” in Shanghai, as the US film giant seeks to bolster its presence in the booming Chinese market. The studio’s newly-formed China joint venture, Oriental DreamWorks, is set to open the tourism attraction in 2016, the creator…

Arthur Conan Doyle and the mystery of the medical student’s Arctic adventure

Sherlock Holmes author’s journal of his runaway year away as a ship’s doctor on a whaler aged 22 to be published On Sunday 4 April 1880, a young medical student called Arthur Conan Doyle was wrestling with a two-iceberg rather than a two-pipe problem: he had yet again fallen overboard…

‘Fifty Shades’: sado-masochistic romance novel now a global hit

It’s a literary phenomenon: with nearly 40 million copies sold, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, an erotic romance spiced up with sado-masochism is well on its way to breaking all the records. What sets the book apart is that it is written for women by a woman — British author EL…

China pulls newspaper over flood story: human rights group

China has pulled a Beijing newspaper from the newsstands after it criticised the official handling of the July floods and said the government had underreported the death toll, a rights group said Tuesday. Authorities in China’s capital have faced strong public criticism over their response to the heaviest rains in…

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