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UK Prime Minister: FOX News 'expert' Steve Emerson is a 'complete idiot'

Steve Emerson on FOXAn American “terrorism expert” who claimed that Birmingham is a Muslim-only city is “clearly a complete idiot”, David Cameron has said

The Prime Minister said he choked on his porridge after hearing the claim by Steve Emerson, a Fox News pundit, that non-Muslims “simply don’t go” to Britain’s second-largest city.

Mr Emerson issued a grovelling apology after issuing the claim.

Mr Cameron said: “Frankly I choked on my porridge and thought it must be April’s Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.

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Mexican police officers detained after journalist disappears

Mexico police questioned Thirteen police officers in Medellin, Mexico, have been detained in an investigation of the Jan. 2 kidnapping of a newspaper journalist.

Gunmen abducted Moises Sanchez, a social activist known for his coverage of drug-related violence for a Medellin newspaper, from his home. Over 30 people, the town's entire police force, was questioned about the disappearance. Sanchez was threatened by the mayor, his brother Juan Carlos Sanchez claims, although Mayor Omar Cruz denies the accusation.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson to host first ever National Geographic talk show

De Grasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson is coming to late night television.

The famed astrophysicist has inked a deal with National Geographic to host the channel's first ever late-night talk show, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The show will be based on Tyson's Star Talk podcast -- where "science, pop culture and comedy collide" -- and will feature interviews with celebrities and science commentary from the likes of Bill Nye, among others.

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NYT’s James Risen pushes back in hearing on leaks

James RisenThe Obama administration’s plan to defuse a First Amendment showdown with a New York Times reporter over his confidential sources was nearly derailed at a court hearing Monday when the journalist rebuffed a series of questions concerning his reporting.

But he eventually agreed to answer some of the queries, allowing the at-times tense session to get back on track and avoiding for now a major confrontation over press freedom.

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dies at age of 49

Stuart Scott diesStuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49.

Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."

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Egypt court orders retrial in Al-Jazeera case

Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt trialAn Egyptian appeals court on Thursday ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists held for over a year on terror-related charges, a ruling that their lawyers hoped was a step toward resolving a case that brought a storm of international criticism on Egypt's government.

The three will remain behind bars at least until the retrial begins. But their lawyers expressed cautious optimism that a quick retrial will lead to their eventual exoneration. Thursday's ruling by the Court of Cassation, rights advocates said, exposed the highly politicized nature of their initial conviction and heavy sentences of up to 10 years in prison in a trial that they dismissed as a sham with no evidence.

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Al Jazeera staff held for one year in Egypt

Al Jazeera staff It has been one year since three Al Jazeera journalists were arrested in Egypt in a case that has sparked international outrage.

Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were arrested in Cairo on Dec. 29, 2013 under false charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news. In June, Greste, an Australian, and Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian, received seven-year jail terms, while Mohamed, an Egyptian, was sentenced to 10 years.

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