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French version of Huffington Post online on Monday

The French version of the US socialite blogger Arianna Huffington’s news website, the Huffington Post, will go online Monday, hoping to repeat the success that made her an Internet multimillionaire. The team behind the French language ”HuffPo” will put the site on the web on Monday shortly before an 0830 GMT press conference, it said.…

Colbert polling at 13 percent nationally

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert has quickly gained traction with voters across the United States after he announced he was exploring a possible presidential run. A recent survey (PDF) by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) firm found that in a hypothetical race against Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican…

Newspapers in Japan defy West’s media malaise

Printed newspapers may be in crisis in the West but circulations remain enormous in high-tech Japan – and its media will even resort to medieval methods to get copies to readers. When the March 2011 tsunami struck a great swathe of the northeast coast, leaving 19,000 people dead or missing and triggering…

On MLK day, O’Reilly declares himself ‘a brother’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday said that he knew the difference between black musicians because he’s a “brother.” During a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day segment criticizing a New York Times columnist for pointing out that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be more popular among racists than…

Colbert Super PAC urges South Carolina to vote for Herman Cain

The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC has released a new TV ad in South Carolina that urges people to vote for Herman Cain in the upcoming Republican primary. The 30-second ad states that the people of South Carolina are frustrated with the current selection of Republican candidates.…

Daily Mirror editor says hacking may have happened there

LONDON — The editor of the Daily Mirror, the main tabloid rival to Rupert Murdoch’s market-leading Sun, told an inquiry Monday that phone hacking might have also happened at his paper. Richard Wallace told the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press that any hacking at…

Fox News portrays MLK as ‘conservative’ abortion opponent

As festivities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were just getting underway in the nation’s capital on Monday morning, the conservative Fox News Channel hosted Alveda King, the civil rights leader’s niece, for a segment that attempted to portray Dr. King as a Republican-leaning anti-abortion activist. “You know, my uncle…

AP becomes first Western news bureau in North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Associated Press said on Sunday it has formally opened a news bureau in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, becoming the first major Western news organisation to operate a fully-staffed bureau in the communist country. AP President and CEO Tom Curley said the opening followed months…

Iranian movie wins best foreign film at Globes

Iranian movie “A Separation” won the best foreign language filmaward at the Golden Globes, beating rivals from China, Spain and Belgium, as well as Angelina Jolie’s debut as a director. The movie by writer/director Asghar Farhadi tells the story of a married couple facing the dilemma of whether to leave Iran for the sake of their family. It…

Silent film ‘The Artist’ wins Globes, eyes Oscars

Silent movie “The Artist” topped the winners at the Golden Globesawards late Sunday, adding three gongs to its growing haul of prizes in the run-up to the all-important Oscars next month. The French-directed movie won best musical/comedy, best musical/comedy actor and best musical score, one more than family drama ”The Descendants” which won…

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