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Russia

A court in Moscow today found the oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, guilty of theft and money laundering in a politically tinged trial that is seen as a weathervane for Russia’s future course.

Viktor Danilkin, the trial judge, told the packed court that Khodorkovsky, 47, and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, 54, "carried out the embezzlement of property entrusted to the defendants".

Khodorkovsky, wearing a black jacket, and Lebedev, in a white tracksuit, whispered to each other inside the enclosed dock and ignored the judge as the verdict was announced.

- Monday 27 December 2010


United States

Blizzards have swept north along the eastern coast of the US, forcing the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights and disrupting rail and road traffic.

The winter storm closed New York airports, stranding thousands of people in a busy post-Christmas travel period.

The New York area was in the bull’s eye of the storm, receiving up to 46cm (18in) of snow on Sunday.

Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia declared emergencies.

The southern states of Georgia and South Carolina had their first white Christmas in more than a century.

- Monday 27 December 2010


United States

The Walt Disney Company has given a well-deserved holiday gift to the Chilean miners and their families.

The workers, who spent almost 70 days trapped in a mine in Chile, have been invited to spend a week vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort next month.

- Monday 27 December 2010


United States

Though people ages 18 to 33 outpace other adults in almost every category of Internet use, their elders are rapidly closing the gap in social networking, according to a Pew report.

Internet users from all age groups increased their use of social networking from December 2008 to May 2010, with use by people 18 to 33 rising to 83 percent, from 67 percent. But those in every generation 45 and older more than doubled their participation. Adults 74 and older who are online quadrupled their social networking presence, and that now stands at 16 percent.

- Monday 27 December 2010


United States

Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.

"Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body," said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. "I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

- Monday 27 December 2010


European Union

Professor Willem Buiter, the bank’s chief economist and a former UK rate-setter, said the eurozone is paralysed by a "game of chicken" between the European Central Bank and EMU governments in charge of fiscal policy.

Both sides are trying to shift responsibility onto the other for shoring up Southern Europe and Ireland, raising the risk of widening contagion. "The market is not going to wait until March for the EU authorities to get their act together. We could have several sovereign states and banks going under. They are being far too casual." he said.

- Wednesday 22 December 2010


International

Sci-fi epic Avatar was the most pirated film of 2010, according to data released by a file-sharing blog.

James Cameron’s blockbuster was downloaded 16.6m times on one file-sharing site alone, TorrentFreak said.

Second on the list was comic book action film Kick-Ass, with 11.4m downloads, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception with 9.7m.

Last year’s top-pirated film was JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, which was downloaded close to 11m times.

Cameron frequently touted 3D film making as the industry’s best hope for combating piracy, however, it did not stop millions from downloading it for free.

- Wednesday 22 December 2010


United States

A Mexican soap opera actress who is producing a movie on Jennifer Lopez’s early life has sued the singer, claiming she has tried to thwart the project over fears that it would contain footage from unflattering home movies including some sex scenes.

Claudia Vasquez, business partner and former girlfriend of Lopez’s ex-husband Ojani Noa, seeks $10 million in damages from Lopez for interfering with the production of the biopic, which has funding from NBC and Telemundo.

- Wednesday 22 December 2010


United States - Russia

The new nuclear arms control pact with Russia cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure.

The 67-28 vote indicated a near-certain win for President Barack Obama on one of his top foreign policy priorities as Democrats continued to push through a series of measures before the end of the lame-duck session of Congress.

Obama signed the treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April, and he made its ratification a major priority for current congressional session that ends in early January.

- Wednesday 22 December 2010


Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it had removed from its online store an iPhone and iPad app that let users view the content on the WikiLeaks site and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account.

Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company had removed the app “because it violated our developer guidelines.” Ms. Muller added: “Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”

- Wednesday 22 December 2010

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