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Myanmar rapper now a rising star in parliament

Once known as a rebel rapper with a penchant for electric guitars and dragon tattoos, Zayar Thaw now aims to be an agent of change as a parliamentarian in the stronghold of the Myanmar army that threw him in jail. The 31-year-old is a rising star in Aung San Suu…

Stage collapse in Toronto kills one ahead of Radiohead show

MONTREAL — A man in his 30s was killed when an outdoor stage raised in a Toronto park for a concert of the British group Radiohead collapsed, police said. “Shortly after 4 pm, a partial piece of stage at Downsview Park collapsed,” a Toronto police spokesman said. “There is one…

Bloomsday fans celebrate as James Joyce scholars do battle

Expiry of copyright allows for public performances of Ulysses and other works without fear of reprisals from author’s estate From a musical version of Finnegans Wake to the release of a tranche of manuscripts online by the National Library of Ireland, the expiration of copyright in James Joyce’s works this…

Mexican president a disaster, says Oliver Stone

US filmmaker Oliver Stone blasted outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon as a “disaster”, saying he had plunged his country into a “nightmare” by declaring war on drug cartels. Speaking in Beverly Hills as he presented his latest film “Savages” — which tells the story of the deadly struggle between Californian…

Fox News co-host calls for mass deportations

The night before President Barack Obama announced that he would grant immunity to younger undocumented immigrants, “The Five” co-host (and former host of Fox Business Network’s ‘Follow The Money’) Eric Bolling took to the airwaves to suggest that federal officials should conduct a mass deportation campaign, all in the name…

German ‘forest boy’ is Dutch: report

A boy who turned to German officials nine months ago saying he had lived in the woods for years and didn’t know his identity is Dutch, the ANP news agency said, Friday quoting police sources. The teenager at the centre of a tale that last year captured the world’s imagination…

HBO apologizes for depicting George W. Bush’s head impaled on a pike

U.S. cable network HBO apologized this week after Internet users spotted a replica of former President George W. Bush’s head in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, shown severed and impaled on a pike. The former president’s likeness was first spotted by commenters on Reddit.com, who noted that the…

British PM says politicians and press ‘too close’

British Prime Minister David Cameron said ties between politicians and the media had become “too close” as he began giving evidence on Thursday to a public inquiry into press ethics. “It has been too close and I think we need to try and get it on a better footing,” Cameron…

Fox News contributor calls Scooter Libby’s perjury charges ‘nothing’

In the United States, a single count of perjury is a serious crime — a felony, to be precise, carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years under federal law. But not according to Fox News contributor Monica Crowley. Appearing on a June 12 broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor,…

Yahoo! and CNBC team up for finance news

Internet pioneer Yahoo! and US cable news network CNBC on Wednesday launched a new drive to provide more original content both on the Yahoo! Finance website and on the air. CNBC will dramatically expand its presence on the site, which has a monthly audience of some 40 million users, by providing news articles,…

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