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International Herald Tribune celebrates 125 years

First delivered by horse-drawn carriages to Paris newsstands and hotels, the International Herald Tribune marks its 125th anniversary on Thursday amid troubling times for the newspaper industry. But the pioneer of global journalism — a dependable presence for international travellers whether in Paris, Kuwait or Tokyo — is confident it…

Psy brings ‘Gangnam Style’ home to Korea with free concert in Seoul

South Korean rapper Psy will give a free concert in Seoul Thursday, capping a stunning month in which his hit “Gangnam Style” has stormed global charts and made the chubby 34-year-old a national hero. Around 50,000 fans were expected to turn out for the show in front of the capital’s…

Wisconsin TV anchor’s bully responds: Slim down, for the kids

A man who wrote to a Wisconsin TV news anchor last week calling her “obese” — which sparked a response that went viral — now says he was merely concerned that her appearance might be influencing children. A statement being attributed to one Kenneth W. Krause, a former prosecutor who…

Mike Tyson barred from entering New Zealand

WELLINGTON — The New Zealand government on Wednesday blocked former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson from entering the country. Tyson had originally been granted a visa, despite opposition from Prime Minister John Key, to visit in November for a charity event. But associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson…

Mobile devices reshaping the news industry: study

WASHINGTON — Half of American adults own a smartphone or tablet computer, and most of them use these devices to access news, a study released Monday showed. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism with The Economist Group concluded that the move to mobile devices…

Republican Congressional aide arrested for assault on Lindsay Lohan

Christian LaBella, who is listed as a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and who staff confirmed “has worked” for the Congressman, was arrested Sunday morning on charges that he assaulted actress Lindsay Lohan after a night of partying. The charges were dropped and the arrest…

Iran jury finds Reuters news agency guilty of ‘propaganda against the regime’ over ninja report

A Tehran jury on Sunday found the international news agency Reuters guilty of the crime of “propaganda against the regime” for a report mischaracterising female ninja students as assassins, Iranian media said. Reuters was also found guilty of “publishing false information in an effort to disturb public opinion” over the…

Gunter Grass hails Israeli nuclear whistleblower in new poem

Nobel prize-winning German author Gunter Grass, declared persona non-grata by Israel over a poem saying it threatened world peace, has published another work critical of the Jewish state. In one of a collection of 87 new pieces, Grass hails whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in jail for leaking…

‘Meet The Press’ host caught misquoting Obama

Meet The Press host David Gregory apparently misquoted President Barack Obama while setting up a question to a guest, Think Progress reported Sunday. “The President has said as recently as May of this year that al Qaeda has not had a chance to rebuild, that al Qaeda has been defeated,”…

Al-Jazeera’s political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention

Al-Jazeera’s editorial independence has been called into question after its director of news stepped in to ensure a speech made by Qatar’s emir to the UN led its English channel’s coverage of the debate on Syrian intervention. Journalists had produced a package of the UN debate, topped with excerpts of…

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