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Banned books hot property in censored Vietnam

From irreverent cartoons to “depraved” short stories, Vietnam’s pop culture is attracting the attention of print censors who experts say are struggling to accept an increasingly brash literary scene. After years spent keeping political texts off the printing presses, authorities are setting their sights on the growing market of publishing…

Mexican actor hopes Oscar nod will help undocumented immigrants

Mexican actor Demian Bichir hopes his surprise Oscar nod for “A Better Life” will raise awareness about the 11 million undocumented migrants in the United States. Though little-known north of the border, the Mexican star beat out Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling for the nomination, placing him in competition with…

Coldplay, Stephen Colbert to star in Amnesty gala

NEW YORK — Coldplay, US comedian Stephen Colbert and veteran British comedian John Cleese will join a star-studded line-up in March for Amnesty International’s “Secret Policeman’s Ball” benefit gala, organizers announced Wednesday. The event on March 4 at Radio City Hall in New York will benefit human rights causes, Amnesty…

Oscars to introduce electronic voting

LOS ANGELES — Oscars organizers said Wednesday they would introduce electronic voting to select Hollywood’s top films and stars from next year, in the latest reform of the elite awards show system. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struck a deal on the voting system with a…

Irishman builds ‘billion-euro’ home out of shredded currency

DUBLIN (Reuters) – An unemployed Irish artist has built a home from the shredded remains of 1.4 billion euros ($1.82 billion), a monument to the “madness” he says has been wrought on Ireland by the single currency, from a spectacular construction boom to a wrenching bust. Frank Buckley built the apartment in the…

‘Russia Today’ to air WikiLeaks talk show

A Russian state television channel said Wednesday that it would exclusively air a television chat show hosted by WikiLeaks founderJulian Assange. RT, formerly known as Russia Today, an English language channel funded by the Russian government, said in a statement that Assange “is launching his own talkshow, to be broadcast exclusively on RT.” Assange…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to launch political talk show

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will host a new political talk show that focuses on power brokers, revolutionaries and where the world goes next, the anti-secrecy website announced on Monday. The half-hour show will see an initial run of 10 once-weekly episodes, beginning in March. “Assange will draw together controversial voices…

Limbaugh: Ron Paul ‘sounds like an Islamic terrorist’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reacted to news that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) might have been detained by the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) by saying that it would have made more sense if they detained his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been detained by…

Celebrity, scandal merge at French HuffPost launch

Celebrity, scandal and new media converged in Paris Monday as shamed IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s wife returned to the spotlight to launch Le Huffington Post, a French take on the US news website. Anne Sinclair insisted her private life would not in any way affect news coverage in the first…

Fox News host: Gingrich will ‘take the head off’ Obama

Fox News host Steve Doocy used some violent imagery on Monday to describe how President Barack Obama would fair in a debate against Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. “Newt was really able to make hay, and some analyst say, you know, it was his performance in the first and second…

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