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Bob Dylan songs ‘not censored’ by China

BEIJING — In a rare and strongly worded message to his fans, Bob Dylan has denied claims his songs were censored by government authorities when he made his much-publicised China debut last month. The music legend, who played in Beijing and Shanghai on April 6 and 8, missed out some…

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered. As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation…

Iowa professor to Republicans: F*** you!

A professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa has found herself in hot water after responding to an email sent out by a campus Republican group with the simple inflammatory message, “F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS.” The response was prompted by an email promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that was sent…

U.S. combat troops may stay in Iraq beyond 2011, Gates admits

CAMP MAREZ, Iraq (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that American forces were prepared to stay in any role beyond a scheduled pullout late this year, but time was running out for Iraq to ask. Gates, who arrived in Baghdad late Wednesday on an unannounced visit, met…

After Maine’s governor removes labor mural, feds demand their money back

Whoops: The governor of Maine’s decision to remove a pro-labor mural from the state’s Department of Labor may cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, all because he wanted to “send a message.” Apparently unknown to Maine’s recently elected Republican governor, the mural targeted by his ire was initially paid…

In ‘message’ to big business, Maine governor LePage orders labor mural removed

Exclusive update: Artist ‘disappointed’ by decision The Republican governor of Maine has a wild idea: displace history to make the state appear more friendly to wealth. That’s precisely what Gov. Paul LePage has ordered. In the state’s Department of Labor building, a 36-foot mural depicting the history of labor movements…

Apple called on to pull ‘gay cure’ app from iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called “gay cure” application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. More than 110,000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International…

US host Beck blasted for Japan quake comments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US celebrities and media blasted right-wing radio host and television presenter Glenn Beck for calling the monster quake that rocked Japan last week a message from God. Actress, author and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg said Beck should “check the mirror” if he thought Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake…

Glenn Beck blasted for Japan quake comments

WASHINGTON – US celebrities and media Tuesday blasted right-wing radio host and television presenter Glenn Beck for calling the monster quake that rocked Japan last week a message from God. Actress, author and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg said Beck should “check the mirror” if he thought Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake…

No Twitter revolt for Central Asia’s closed regimes

MOSCOW – High fees, spying, and outright blockage — Central Asia’s regimes are not short of ways to control Internet blogs and social networks which have mobilised the recent protests in the Middle East. Strategies vary across the former Soviet republics of the region, whose regimes are largely authoritarian and…

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