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2008-06-16 06:00:19

By Kevin J. O'Brien The last time News Corp. left the German media market in 2002, the exit was costly. The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch had been a shareholder in the media group controlled by the Munich entrepreneur Leo Kirch and had to take a $1.93 billion write- off when two Kirch companies filed for bankruptcy. The companies had buckled under the costs of operating Premiere, Kirch's unprofitable pay-TV service, which was supposed to become News Corp.'s long-sought...

2008-06-13 18:00:21

By Zoe Tyler I HAVE to just get this off my chest before I explode. Why as a nation do we have to turn people who are loud, obnoxious, foul-mouthed bullies into celebrities? I am talking about yet another series of Big Brother. Did we not learn from Celebrity Big Brother, when certain celebs ruined their careers for the sake of good TV. But what is good TV now? I just don't know. Where has having a talent gone? Years ago, you had a career in TV because you had something to...

2006-09-06 00:27:45

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Supreme Court has given three young Australians death sentences for heroin trafficking, after prosecutors appealed against an earlier cut in their life jail terms, a court official said on Wednesday. A fourth Australian man was also given a death sentence after appealing against his life term, Zarof Ricar, director of criminal justice at the Supreme Court, told reporters. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament in Canberra he had...

2006-09-06 00:18:06

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Supreme Court has given three young Australians death sentences for heroin trafficking, after prosecutors appealed against an earlier cut in their life jail terms, a court official said on Wednesday. A fourth Australian man was also given a death sentence after appealing against his life term, told reporters. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament in Canberra he had no confirmation of news reports of the death sentences. But...

2006-09-05 23:34:49

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Three young Australians appealing to Indonesia's Supreme Court against lengthy jail terms for heroin trafficking have lost their cases and been sentenced to death, court documents showed on Wednesday. The three were among the so-called "Bali Nine" arrested on the resort island last year while trying to smuggle more than 8.2 kg (18 lb) of heroin to Australia. The court handed down new death sentences to Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman, court...

2006-09-05 12:11:04

By Michael Perry SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - Fatally injured by a stingray, Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin pulled its serrated barb out of his chest before losing consciousness and dying, the world-famous naturalist's manager said on Tuesday. Video footage of the attack shows Irwin swimming above the stingray on the Great Barrier Reef on Monday when it lashed out and speared him in the heart with its barbed tail, manager John Stainton told reporters. "It shows that...

2006-09-05 12:36:08

By Paul Tait SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - Fatally injured "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin pulled a stingray's serrated barb from his chest before he lost consciousness and died, his manager said Tuesday as fans worldwide mourned the exuberant naturalist. Hundreds of fans placed flowers outside his Australia Zoo in Queensland state and wrote messages on khaki shirts, part of his trademark uniform, as Irwin's body was flown home after Monday's freak diving accident off Australia's...

2006-09-05 09:06:37

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fatally injured "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin pulled a stingray's serrated barb from his chest before he lost consciousness and died, his manager said on Tuesday as fans worldwide mourned the exuberant naturalist. Hundreds of fans placed flowers outside his Australia Zoo in Queensland state and wrote messages on khaki shirts, part of his trademark uniform, as Irwin's body was flown home after Monday's freak diving accident off Australia's northeast...

2006-08-25 18:10:17

ROME (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman will open Rome's first international film festival with her portrayal of U.S. photographer Diane Arbus, organizers said on Friday. Kidman plays Arbus in Steven Shainberg's "Fur," which premiers in Rome. "I love Italy and I feel great affinity with it," Kidman said in a statement issued by organizers of the Rome festival. "I am especially proud to be christening this important event." Kidman's presence in the capital will add to a...

2006-08-25 04:24:47

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Australian beauty therapist launched a final bid on Friday to overturn a 20-year sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling, offering to present new evidence to a Bali court to help clear her name. Schapelle Corby, found guilty last year of smuggling 4.1 kg (9 lb) of marijuana into Bali in a case that has transfixed Australia, was jostled by camera crews and journalists on arrival at Denpasar district court. Corby has maintained she is innocent,...


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bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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