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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…

Anderson Cooper claims he read his mother’s erotic novel

ABC broadcast a rather awkward interview on Thursday night, featuring CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper describing how his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, likes to dish on her sexcapades with comedian Kathy Griffin, and how he’s even read his mom’s erotic novel. “My mom wrote, has written a bunch of books, one…

WikiLeaks founder denounces Australia, Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at Australia and Sweden on Friday as he spoke for the first time since turning up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. The former computer hacker told Australia’s ABC radio of his fears that he would end up in the hands…

Critics turned off by ‘West Wing’ creator’s TV news show

Oscar-winning writer and “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin has made headlines with his new show, set in a TV news station, even before its weekend debut — but unfortunately not in a good way. “The Newsroom,” which portrays the stormy behind-the-scenes life at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN), has…

Supreme Court overrules FCC on TV swearing ban

So it turns out you can curse on television – sort of. According to MSNBC, a ruling by the Supreme Court Thursday waived fines and sanctions against ABC and Fox, saying the Federal Communications Commission did not give them fair notice before punishing them over brief instances of curse words…

YouTube piano sensation makes London debut

LONDON — A pianist who launched her career by posting videos of herself on YouTube translated her online success into reality with a solo performance at one of the world’s most famous music venues on Tuesday. Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa dazzled a crowd of thousands at London’s Royal Albert Hall, her…

Author Elie Wiesel returns Hungary’s Order Of Merit after Nazi ‘whitewash’

Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel has returned Hungary’s highest honour in protest at the “whitewashing” of its Nazi past, according to a letter published Tuesday. Wiesel said “it has become increasingly clear that Hungarian authorities are encouraging the whitewashing of tragic and criminal episodes in Hungary’s past,”…

Mike Tyson to take one-man show to Broadway

NEW YORK — From the boxing ring to Broadway — Mike Tyson said he’s teaming up with director Spike Lee to take his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” to the New York stage. Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion and self-styled “baddest man on the planet”, debuted the show…

Paul McCartney looks back on his life as he turns 70

His ballad “Yesterday” is one of the most covered songs in history — but as he turns 70 on Monday, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney shows no signs of settling back to reflect on his extraordinary past. Fresh from wowing huge crowds at Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee concert and with another…

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