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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…

Jon Stewart calls out Judy Miller for hypocrisy on national security leaks

The irony of former NY Times reporter Judith Miller using her perch at Fox News to castigate the Obama administration for recent national security leaks was not lost on The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who used his Monday night broadcast to call her out. Miller –a Pulitzer-Prize winner– became infamous…

Candid Marilyn Monroe photos go public in Poland

WARSAW — As fans worldwide mark 50 years since her untimely death, a collection of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs immortalising the American blonde bombshell went on display in Warsaw Monday. Poland’s State Treasury obtained the candid shots of Monroe by a friend. Milton Green, in a collection of nearly 4,000…

Hackers hit Reuters, post fake blog on Syria

Hackers took over the blogging platform of the Reuters news agency and posted “fabricated” stories said to include an interview with a Syrian rebel leader, the company said Friday. “Reuters.com was a target of a hack on Friday,” said a statement from parent firm Thomson Reuters. “Our blogging platform was…

Marilyns from around the world meet for Monroe tributes

When a faux Hugh Hefner, clad in his trademark smoking jacket, finishes his karaoke song, he turns to Marilyn Monroe and asks: “Do you want to marry me?” The Marilyn look-alike — Canadian Nadine Banville — was part of a recent tribute to the iconic movie star, who died 50…

Queen kept princes in dark about Bond role

Princes William and Harry say their grandmother the Queen kept them in the dark about her role as a James Bond girl in the Olympics opening ceremony. William, second in line to the throne, and his younger brother joked that the 86-year-old monarch has now been asked to star in…

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