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Ethiopian journalist jailed for 18 years

An Ethiopian court on Friday jailed a journalist for 18 years for “terrorism” and 23 others, reporters and activists, for between eight years and life, after a trial condemned by rights groups. Journalist Eskinder Nga was jailed for 18 years, while opposition member Andualem Arage got life because of “the…

‘Fat pride’ challenges supersize stereotypes

Cat Pause proudly describes herself as “fat”, can live with euphemisms like “curvy”, “chunky” or “chubby”, but baulks at what she believes are value-laden labels such as “overweight” or “obese”. The US-born academic is a pioneer in the emerging field of fat studies, organising New Zealand’s first conference on the…

Full episodes of ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’ vanish from the Internet

Full episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are no longer available on Comedy Central’s websites thanks to a fight between parent company Viacom and satellite TV provider DirectTV. The Los Angeles Times reported that Viacom has opted to cut back on the number of full television episodes…

Comic-Con fans flock to ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Twilight’ previews

Fans descend on San Diego Thursday for the annual Comic-Con festival of pop culture, with highlights including the long-awaited “Hobbit” and last “Twilight” films, in a four-day geekfest. Some 130,000 devotees of comic books, movies and TV shows — many dressed up in the costumes of their idols — will…

Klimt up close and personal on his 150th birthday

On his 150th birthday, Vienna’s museums offer an intimate look at Gustav Klimt, digging beneath the layers of paint and scratching away at the artist… but not without a good dose of kitsch. Over the past century, Klimt has gained worldwide recognition even beyond the art world, something Vienna has…

New reporter? Call him Al, for algorithm

WASHINGTON — The new reporter on the US media scene takes no coffee breaks, churns out articles at lightning speed, and has no pension plan. That’s because the reporter is not a person, but a computer algorithm, honed to translate raw data such as corporate earnings reports and previews or…

Irish actor Peter O’Toole ‘chucks in the sponge’

Colorful veteran Irish actor Peter O’Toole, famous for films including “Lawrence of Arabia”, has announced his retirement, saying it was time to “chuck in the sponge” aged 79. The acclaimed stage and screen star said he was taking his last bow “dry-eyed and profoundly grateful” for his half-century long career.…

Actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

LOS ANGELES — Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, the star of dozens of films and TV shows who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a shy butcher in love in “Marty,” died Sunday, his manager said. He was 95. “It’s a very sad day. The industry has lost someone great,…

Gabriel García Márquez’s writing career ended by dementia

Brother of Nobel prize-winning Colombian writer says side-effects of cancer treatment have accelerated his decline The Nobel prizewinning author Gabriel García Márquez is suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write, his brother has revealed. Jaime García Márquez told students in Cartagena, Colombia, that his older brother, affectionately know…

Master forger comes clean about tricks that fooled art world for four decades

Ken Perenyi’s memoir reveals how natural cracks and discoloured varnish would deceive even seasoned experts. An extraordinary memoir is to reveal how a moderately gifted artist managed to forge his way to riches by conning high-profile auctioneers, dealers and collectors over four decades. The book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life…

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