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New York Times to launch Chinese news website

NEW YORK — The New York Times said Wednesday it was launching a Chinese-language news website to deliver “high-quality coverage of world affairs, business and culture” to readers in China. A statement from the prestigious US daily said it was “launching a beta version of a new online Chinese-language edition…

Author Erica Jong rips Arianna Huffington for not paying writers

Novelist says what she thinks of media chiefs Erica Jong, author of the best-selling 1973 novel Fear of Flying (and many books since), has often courted controversy by saying in public just what she thinks. Now 70, she is still happy to speak out, as a US-based website called The…

Monet’s garden replanted in the Bronx

Past a walkway cutting through roses and delphiniums, visitors see a small bridge arching over some water lilies. Not in France, but in the Bronx, at an extraordinary five-month exhibit recreating Monet’s gardens at Giverny in this down-at-heel New York borough. The American take on Claude Monet’s garden has already…

Post-Nazi art therapy comes to Kabul

An art exhibition that began as an attempt to heal Germany after the horrors of Nazi rule and World War II is now being replicated in Afghanistan. “Documenta” arose from the ruins of the bombed-out German city of Kassel as artists sought to reconnect West Germany, as it then was,…

French, New Orleans musicians revive colonial-era language

With furrowed brows and fervent nods, the French and native American musicians were introducing a new form of jazz to New Orleans centered on a colonial trade language used by their ancestors. There were no furs or beads on the table. Instead, the musicians were exchanging traditions to create a…

Screenwriter Nora Ephron dies aged 71: reports

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron who penned such romantic comedies as “When Harry met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” has died, US media said. She was 71. A noted American journalist, essayist, writer as well as producer and director, Ephron wrote and directed her last film “Julia…

News Corp mulls media, entertainment unit split

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said Tuesday it was considering a “restructuring” that would split off its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses. The New York-based company confirmed reports earlier in the day and said the move would “separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies.” The statement followed…

News Corp considers splitting into two: report

Australian stock in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. jumped 2.41 percent Tuesday after a report that the company may be split in half, separating its publishing assets from its bigger entertainment arm. Its Australian-listed shares closed 49 cents higher at Aus$20.79, having risen as high as Aus$21.00 on the Wall Street…

Top editors quit Australian papers after parent company announces layoffs, paywalls

Top editors at Australian newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald resigned Monday, after parent company Fairfax last week announced an overhaul designed to embrace the digital era. Peter Fray, publisher and editor-in-chief at the 180-year-old Sydney paper, and its first female editor Amanda Wilson, said they were leaving,…

800,000 at ‘sensational’ Vienna open-air music fest

Around 800,000 people visited Vienna’s Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival) on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, hoping that the sunny weather will attract even more on the second day. “It was sensational,” said a spokeswoman for the 29th annual open-air music festival, one of the biggest in Europe of its…

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