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William Boyd to pen new Bond adventure

Author William Boyd is to follow in the footsteps of fellow novelists Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks by penning a new adventure for 007 superspy James Bond, it was revealed on Thursday. Bond-creator Ian Fleming died in 1964 after writing 14 novels in the series, but other authors have since…

DOJ sues Apple, publishers on e-book pricing

The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers…

Connecticut death penalty repeal passes hurdle

Connecticut’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to ban the death penalty that was passed by the state Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. The proposed law — which passed by an 86-62 vote late Wednesday — would replace the death…

Axl Rose snubs rockers’ Hall of Fame honor

Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose will not attend a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend to be inducted into the prestigious music pantheon, he said in an open letter to The Los Angeles Times’ music blog. Rose wrote explaining why he is refusing the honor from…

‘You don’t do theater for money’ says Malkovich

US actor John Malkovich said it made little sense to do theater for money as he presented his latest play/opera, in which he plays a writer and serial assassin, in Mexico City. “I don’t care if I get paid at all. You don’t really do theater for money, it doesn’t…

Arctic oil rush will ruin ecosystem, warns Lloyd’s of London

Insurance market joins environmentalists in highlighting risks of drilling in fragile region as $100bn investment is predicted Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market, has become the first major business organisation to raise its voice about huge potential environmental damage from oil drilling in the Arctic. The City institution…

U.S. media want access to USS Cole testimony

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US news organizations made an unprecedented request Wednesday for a Guantanamo military court to make public testimony from the accused mastermind of the USS Cole bombing. But the judge in the case, Colonel James Pohl, averted a fight over freedom of the press by issuing a…

Police close probe into Whitney Houston death

LOS ANGELES — Police in Beverly Hills have closed the investigation into the death of Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston, concluding there was no sign of foul play. “Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the coroner’s report, we have determined that this is not a criminal…

Mitt Romney enjoys some security as vice-presidential contenders shy away

While a decision on a running-mate could be months away, Republicans are lining up to publicly count themselves out Florida senator Marco Rubio and Virginia governor Bob McDonnell have participated in the long-established ritual of ruling themselves out as running-mates for Mitt Romney, who on Wednesday enjoyed his first full…

Britain to boost Syria opposition support if no ceasefire

WASHINGTON — Britain will boost support for Syria’s opposition and seek tougher sanctions if government forces do not adhere to a ceasefire, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Wednesday. Hague spoke at a meeting of the Group of Eight powers in Washington as Syria said that it would cease operations against…

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