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James Murdoch steps down from News International amid hacking scandal

James Murdoch, son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned his post as the top executive in charge of News International, the British publishing arm of News Corporation, according to The Associated Press. Murdoch had been embroiled in an increasingly heated hacking scandal after several News International properties were…

Jon Stewart slams Fox News for basing talking points on RNC memo

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday night joked that Mitt Romney made his job “way too easy.” Romney has condemned his rival Rick Santorum for urging Democrats in Michigan to vote for him in the Republican primary, calling the move “dirty tactics” and “disgusting.” “What are the odds…

Two wounded journalists safely escape Syria

Wounded British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, who had been trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, were both safe in Lebanon on Tuesday, officials said, as Syrian forces pounded the city for a 25th straight day. “The information we have is that both arrived overnight…

Malaysia scraps Erykah Badu show over Allah body art

Malaysia on Tuesday cancelled a concert by American singer Erykah Badu after a local newspaper sparked outrage by running a photo of her with body art that included the Arabic word for “Allah.” Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a message on Twitter that the concert was cancelled because it breached government guidelines on “religious…

Murdoch’s ‘Sun’ newspaper found to be illegally paying sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Journalists at Britain’s Sun newspaper paid large sums of cash to corrupt public officials, aware the practice was criminal, an inquiry into press ethics heard on Monday, revelations that could prove damaging to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. The police officer heading three criminal inquires centered on Murdoch’s…

Iranians overjoyed at first Oscar win

Iranians took to the Internet and mobile phones on Monday to proclaim their pride and joy at their country’s first win at the Oscars– and at the speech by triumphant director Asghar Farhadi putting culture above politics. Messages flooded SMS servers and social networks moments after the movie, “A Separation,” was awarded the best…

Silent film ‘The Artist’ crowned with Oscar gold

Silent movie “The Artist” crowned its spectacular awards season success by winning five Oscars including the coveted Best Picture prize at the 84th Academy Awards. The French-directed black-and-white movie earned Oscars for best director for Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Jean Dujardin, who played a silent movie era star…

Lucy Lawless arrested protesting Arctic oil drilling

“Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless was arrested in New Zealand Monday after occupying an oil-drilling ship for three days to protest plans to search for oil off Alaska, Greenpeace said. Police climbed a 53-metre (175-foot) drilling derrick on the ship Noble Discoverer in the North Island port of Taranaki…

2012 TED talks to focus on shaping the future

Technology, art and magic will mix in perspective-bending ways this week as the prestigious TED conference continues transforming from an elite retreat to a global movement for a better world. The gathering kicks off Monday in the Southern California city of Long Beach with a roster of 1,350 attendees including…

Adam Sandler sets Razzies nominee record

SANTA MONICA, California — US actor Adam Sandler set a record for cinematic stinker nominations, as organizers of the Razzie awards unveiled their 32nd annual movie short lists of shame. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation nominees for worst films and performances, announced a day ahead of the Oscars, included no…

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