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Clooney hopeful Europe will give panned movie fresh start

Hollywood star George Clooney said Saturday that he is hopeful European audiences will respond to his light-touch wartime drama "The Monuments Men" after it got a mauling from US critics. Clooney presented the picture at the 64th Berlin film festival about a real-life corps of middle-aged art experts who go behind enemy lines to rescue precious works from the Nazis, one day after it opened in US cinemas.

Clooney hopeful Europe will give panned movie fresh start

Hollywood star George Clooney said Saturday that he is hopeful European audiences will respond to his light-touch wartime drama "The Monuments Men" after it got a mauling from US critics. Clooney presented the picture at the 64th Berlin film festival about a real-life corps of middle-aged art experts who go behind enemy lines to rescue precious works from the Nazis, one day after it opened in US cinemas.

State TV delays scheduled address by Iran's Rouhani

A scheduled television address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was aired nearly an hour late on Wednesday after what the official IRNA news agency said was a block by the state broadcasting chief. No explanation was given for the unexpected disruption, but Rouhani's twitter feed pointed the finger at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) chief Ezatollah Zarghami.

State TV delays scheduled address by Iran's Rouhani

A scheduled television address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was aired nearly an hour late on Wednesday after what the official IRNA news agency said was a block by the state broadcasting chief. The news agency gave no explanation for the unexpected disruption by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) chief Ezatollah Zarghami, even after "all elements of this live address had been fixed." State television instead continued with its regular programming for nearly an hour until the live broadcast finally went ahead. It did not provide any explanation.

Diplomacy underway to get Seoul added to Obama's trip to Asia: PM

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is making diplomatic efforts to get Seoul added to the itinerary of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned trip to Asia, Seoul's prime minister said Thursday. The White House said earlier that Obama would visit Asia in April. With his full itinerary yet to be announced, he reportedly is expected to visit Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia. According to sources here, he may travel to Seoul and Beijing for bilateral summits, but Seoul's foreign ministry has simply said "nothing has been determined yet."

Home shopping firms' mobile sales soar last year

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- Sales of local home shopping companies through mobile devices rose sharply last year, but those in the Internet shopping sector lagged, industry data showed Thursday. Sales of CJ O Shopping, formerly known as CJ Home Shopping, from mobile devices jumped more than four-fold to 305 billion won (US$283.5 million) in 2013 from a year ago, the company said. It predicted its mobile sales to more than double to reach 625.3 billion won this year.

Korean film wins top award at Rotterdam fest

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean movie picked up the best film award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on Sunday, according to the event's website. "Han Gong-ju" by director Lee Su-jin received the Tiger Award jointly with "Anatomy of a Paperclip" of Japan and Sweden's "Something Must Break" during the 43rd festival held from Jan. 22 through Feb. 2, it said.

Head of graft-probing Spain newspaper dismissed

Spain's leading centre-right newspaper El Mundo said Thursday it was dismissing its director Pedro J. Ramirez, under whose leadership the daily broke a series of political corruption stories. Ramirez's scoops included a report last year of alleged secret payments to members of Spain's ruling party, which forced Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to fight off calls to resign. The paper has vigorously pursued stories of corruption on the right and left, including allegations of fraud involving former officials in the Socialist-run southern region of Andalusia.

Venezuelan journalists protest as paper shortage hits newspapers, causing some closures

CARACAS, Venezuela - Journalists and journalism students protested on one of Caracas' avenues Tuesday to demand that the government auction off dollars to allow newspapers to buy newsprint after nine regional dailies shut down and some of the main media chains are experiencing difficulties. About a hundred reporters and students protested in front of the National Center for Foreign Trade, which sells currency. "The press is in agony, help Venezuela," they shouted.

Euronews to launch multilingual African news channel

European news channel Euronews said Monday it will launch Africa's first multi-language news channel in the middle of next year in partnership with the state television of the Republic of Congo. The new venture called Africanews will be headquartered in Brazzaville, the Congo capital. It will provide rolling news coverage initially in English and French, before expanding to other widely spoken languages on the continent including Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili, the statement said.
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