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US media ramps up royal wedding coverage

WASHINGTON — While the British are already overwhelmed by the media frenzy surrounding Prince William’s wedding, coverage in the United States is just now heating up and will reach fever pitch in the week before the April 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey. “It’s catching on pretty quickly in the US.…

Ten dead on second day of Afghan Koran burning protests

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – At least 10 people have been killed and 83 wounded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said on Saturday, on a second day of violent protests over the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist Christian in the United States. A suicide attack…

Arianna: The Huffington Post is not a ‘lefty’ publication anymore

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Arianna Huffington revealed a bit of news that’s not likely to show up on The Huffington Post’s front page any time soon: the site is no longer “lefty” in its political bent. That will likely come as a surprise to the…

Angry Birds topple Middle East leaders

WASHINGTON – A cartoon video which recounts the unrest in the Middle East using the characters in the popular Angry Birds game and the children’s story Three Little Pigs is racking up the views on YouTube. The video, which has been posted on the YouTube channel of a Russian named…

James Murdoch promoted at News Corp.

WASHINGTON – James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, was named News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer on Wednesday in a move that puts him a step closer to potentially taking over from his father. James Murdoch, 38, will also serve as chairman and chief executive of the news…

Sudan’s cyber-defenders take on Facebook protesters

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Medical student Ahmed Widaa was content to support Sudan’s ruling party from the sidelines for years, until the uprisings in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt made him worry that Sudan could be next. With revolutionary zeal, the 21-year-old now lobbies online to defend the status quo — one of many pro-government youth taking to the…

Most Americans think Obama does not deserve re-election, according to new poll

President Barack Obama was dealt the worst poll numbers of his career Wednesday as a new survey by Quinnipac University found that most Americans think he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012. The numbers come amid several other findings, by Quinnipiac and others, that seem to indicate the…

Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is considering building an artificial island with sea and air ports off blockaded Gaza, as a long-term solution to shipping goods into the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, the transport minister said. Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Wednesday he wants an international force to control the island for…

Author fights back in Gandhi ‘gay lover’ row

NEW DELHI – An American author on Tuesday angrily dismissed claims his new book on Mahatma Gandhi alleged that India’s independence leader was a racist bisexual who left his wife for a body-builder. Indian newspapers were outraged by reviews in the United States and Britain of Joseph Lelyveld’s biography that…

Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

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