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Silverman swears she'll behave playing 'little tough girl' in Disney cartoon

Silverman swears she'll behave playing 'little tough girl' in Disney cartoon

The usually potty-mouthed Sarah Silverman has taken on the role of Vanellope Von Schweetz in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. Has the animation giant got it wrong? asks Roger Moore.

400-plus pages of finger-wagging strips novel of weight

Strange things are happening in Appalachia. The natural world as we know it is coming to an end, overheated by human greed.

Swift turns to big pop

Swift turns to big pop

Taylor Swift makes a grown-up move on Red, writes Randy Lewis, of the Los Angeles Times.

Eternal laws fall by wayside

We really do live in a universe without purpose, writes Lawrence M. Krauss.

Thatcher film stirs updeep-rooted sentiments

Thatcher film stirs updeep-rooted sentiments

She may be 86 and suffering from dementia, but former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is still having a divisive effect on Britain, thanks to a new film about her life, as Henry Chu reports.

Tough-guy stance about showing who's on top

Tough-guy stance about showing who's on top

The all-male Republican presidential campaign has a professor of neuroscience at Stanford University, Robert M. Sapolsky, hot on the trail of some "monkey business" not usually associated with the hotbed of politics.

Forces of war assemble

Forces of war assemble

The first 10 minutes or so of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones are spent celebrating the glories of cable television - bloody violence (beheadings, hacked off body parts, eviscerated guts steaming in the snow) and sex (female semi-frontal nudity, non-missionary position intercourse and unnecessarily graphic sound effects.)

Despite all, US still 'greatest country'

Amid all the talk of gloom and doom in the United States, with the stock market's near crash and the renewed threat of a double-dip recession, it is worth pausing to remember the US remains the greatest country on Earth. It is also the country with the most promising future.

Murdoch meltdown US wake-up call

The only sort of power a news organisation can wield safely is the power to persuade.

Iran callously killing dissident

Why are the citizens of Iran strangely quiet? Mark D. Wallace, president of United Against Nuclear Iran and a former US ambassador to the United Nations, puts it down to a brutal campaign of terror which included a rash of public executions.
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