Mar 5, 2015

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organization said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because ...

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

Mar 3, 2015

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the ...

Feb 26, 2015

China's top court rails against Western model of judicial independence

China’s top court has urged officials from the ruling Communist Party to shun Western-style judicial independence, state media said on Thursday, as controls over the media, dissent and the Internet are tightened. The comments by China’s Supreme Court, Beijing’s latest attack on Western ideology, ...

Feb 26, 2015

China convicts 81-year-old writer who criticized propaganda chief

A Chinese court sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail Wednesday on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said. The conviction of Huang Zerong, better known by ...

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Feb 21, 2015

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. “Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. ...

Feb 21, 2015

British press roiled by allegation of self-censorship to keep ads

One of Britain’s most storied newspapers has been accused of censoring itself for commercial gain, raising awkward questions about a centuries-old press culture that has prided itself on its no-holds-barred approach to telling the truth. The 160-year-old Daily Telegraph strongly denied accusations made in ...

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Feb 12, 2015

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace on Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo award, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in Russia, judges said. AFP’s Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News ...

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

Feb 12, 2015

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

A magazine run by the Islamic State militant organization has published an interview with the French widow of a Paris hostage taker, its first official claim that Hayat Boumeddiene is in their territory, which spans parts of Syria and Iraq. France launched a search ...