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Lady Gaga smokes marijuana on stage

U.S. pop singer Lady Gaga asked a crowd in Amsterdam on Tuesday night if anyone had any marijuana. After a nameless member of the audience obliged, she held a joint aloft, placed it in her mouth and happily puffed away. “Does anyone have any weed?” Gaga asked after a frenzied…

Early Christians believed Jesus wed: Harvard expert

Some early Christians believed Jesus was married, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, according to the Harvard Gazette. Professor Karen King, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of an ancient Coptic text on papyrus including the words: “Jesus said to them, my…

Salman Rushdie releases ‘Joseph Anton’ autobiography as anti-Islam film protests rage on

As violent protests over a US-made film rock the Muslim world, Salman Rushdie publishes his account Tuesday of the decade he spent in hiding while under a fatwa for his book “The Satanic Verses”. With at least 19 people killed in a week of furious protests over the film, Rushdie’s…

Newsweek ‘Muslim Rage’ cover sparks wave of scorn

Newsweek’s front page about the deadly protests currently sweeping the Muslim world has sparked a storm of controversy and derision on Twitter as internet users mock the magazine’s headline “Muslim Rage.” “Lost nephew at the airport but can’t yell for him because his name is Jihad. #MuslimRage,” one Twitter user…

Google blocks anti-Islam film in Malaysia

Google has begun barring access in Malaysia to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked fury across the Muslim world after the country’s Internet regulator lodged an official complaint. The low-budget movie, entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, has angered followers of Islam for its mocking of the Prophet Mohammed, and for portraying…

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ tops North American box office

Science fiction thriller “Resident Evil: Retribution” topped the North American box office at the weekend, holding off the 3D version of “Finding Nemo,” estimates showed Sunday. Both films were making their debut but the former, starring Milla Jovovich, took $20.6 million in receipts, ahead of “Finding Nemo,” which earned $17.5…

Iran foundation boosts bounty to kill Rushdie: media

An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made. Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,…

British royals to lodge criminal complaint over Kate Middleton topless photos

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are to lodge a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publishing of topless photographs which appeared in a French magazine, a palace spokeswoman said Sunday. “We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French…

SNL debuts with actual African-American ‘Obama,’ whose secret election weapon is Mitt Romney

The 38th season of Saturday Night Live premiered this week with an opening segment featuring new cast member Jay Pharoah portraying President Barack Obama. “Obama” had been previously impersonated by white guy Fred Armisen. During the segment, Pharoah’s “Obama” expressed confidence in re-election, using a clueless, gaffe-prone “Mitt Romney” and…

Jack Kerouac’s ex-girlfriend lifts lid on beat novelist’s rise and fall

Joyce Johnson’s new book reveals details of their relationship and how fame blighted On the Road author The former girlfriend of the leading novelist of the beat generation Jack Kerouac has revealed details of their affair and his descent into bizarre behaviour on finding fame, in a new book to…

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