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Critics rip Seth MacFarlane for ‘dull’ and ‘sexist’ jokes at the Oscars

Critics blasted Oscars host Seth MacFarlane on Monday for “crudely sexist antics” and peddling “offensive” Jewish stereotypes, as the Academy Awards post mortem got into full swing. Others said the “Family Guy” creator, brought in to appeal to younger viewers with edgy humor, was simply dull — while satirical website…

U.S. surprised by Afghanistan’s demand to withdraw special forces

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s demand that US special forces leave a flashpoint province came as a surprise to American commanders, who had no advance warning of the order, officials said Monday. It remained unclear what led Karzai to issue a blunt announcement that US special operations force would have two…

Anti-Defamation League slams Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Jews control Hollywood’ joke

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it “offensive and not remotely funny.” The anti-Semitism watchdog said the sketch, at the 85th Academy Awards hosted by “Family Guy” and “Ted” creator Seth MacFarlane on…

Nobel prize for discovering DNA is up for auction

The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with one of his lab coats, his books and other memorabilia. It is believed to be the first Nobel prize placed at auction in more…

German greenhouse gases rose in 2012

Germany saw increased emissions in greenhouse gases last year due to more coal and gas usage while the country seeks to develop its renewable energy sources, officials said Monday. Germany, which has committed to phase out nuclear power, emitted the equivalent of around 931 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in…

New York Times to rebrand International Herald Tribune

The New York Times said Monday it is rebranding the Paris-based International Herald Tribune in its own image a bid to boost its international presence. In a statement, it said the 125-year-old global newspaper — the last vestige of the New York Herald Tribune that ceased publication in 1966 —…

Google raises privacy fears as personal details are released to app developers

Campaigner says tech giant’s policies don’t make it clear that Google Play users who buy apps give over information Google could face a third privacy row in a two years, after a leading campaigner called for the US government to investigate the fact that the names, geographic region and email…

Obama urges governors to lobby congressional colleagues on sequester budget cuts

President urges governors to pressure congressional colleagues to reach a deal as across-the-board spending cuts edge closer Barack Obama delivered a grim warning to the nation’s governors at the White House on Monday about the impact of across-the-board spending cuts if Congress fails to find a deal by Friday’s deadline. Obama urged…

EU: Getting people to quit smoking is a ‘no-brainer, ethically and economically’

The cost and health benefits of getting people not to smoke and better still, not to start, more than outweigh the taxes the tobacco industry pays to governments, the European Commission said Monday. Irish Health Minister James Reilly, presenting the EU’s new draft tobacco law in the European parliament, said…

‘Cannibal cop’ trial begins in New York

Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women. Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed…

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