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RT reporter quits over MH17 coverage: ‘We’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it’

A London-based reporter for Russia Today resigned Friday in protest over the network’s coverage of the recent Malaysia Airlines plane crash. Sara Firth, who has worked for RT since 2009, announced her resignation via Twitter, writing: “I resigned today from RT. I have huge respect for many in the team,…

Supreme Court will not hear copyright plea from ‘Sherlock Holmes’ author’s heirs

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court refused Thursday to hear a plea filed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s heirs, although the final outcome of the dispute remains a mystery likely to land Sherlock Holmes before the high court again. Justice Elena Kagan dismissed a plea by the Scottish author’s…

Bill Maher compares Hamas to ‘crazy woman’ who ‘you have to slap’

Real Time host Bill Maher was criticized online Thursday night for a post on Twitter comparing the Palestinian militant group Hamas to a “crazy woman” that needed to be slapped, amid the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza. “Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to…

Singapore bans ‘Archie’ comics featuring married gay characters

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Singapore has banned a volume of the long-running Archie comic series because its depiction of same-sex marriage was deemed to breach local “social norms”, the city-state’s media watchdog said Wednesday. Archie: The Married Life Book Three was banned in March after a complaint from a member of…

Report: Rupert Murdoch still ‘determined to buy Time Warner’

New York (AFP) – Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate said Wednesday it made an unsuccessful bid for rival Time Warner which could shake up the media-entertainment world. The bid by 21st Century Fox, which would merge two of the world’s biggest media-entertainment empires if allowed to proceed, was for $80 billion, a…

CA lawmakers call for Fox News’ Bob Beckel to resign over anti-Asian slur

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) – Two California politicians have called for a host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” program to resign, saying Bob Beckel’s use of the term “Chinamen” was racist. The pundit is facing criticism for using the word on air last week as well as…

Angelina Jolie to visit island of Nauru to check refugee facilities

Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday. Jolie, a UN goodwill ambassador, was invited by the Pacific island nation’s President Baron Waqa when they met at…

From ancient graffiti to modern street art, Roman walls tell the story of the city

Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word “graffiti” was first used for markings found in the ruins of Pompeii. The modern version could be the scrawls seen in maternity wards in the Italian capital: “Get a move on,…

YouTube goes Hollywood: Online video service to produce original premium content

By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort that has had mixed…

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies aged 76

Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76. Haden also joined pianist Keith Jarrett’s ensemble in the 1960s and was considered as revolutionizing double bass playing in jazz music. He won three…

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