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* The competing cable news channels have gone further than ever in trying to make their mark. CNN and Fox News have taken over two local bars and utterly transformed them. The CNN Grill is especially impressive. The inside of what until last week was "Brooklyn's" has been repainted in deep CNN red and one outside wall is decorated with a giant neon star that, we are told, took six weeks to build and weighs 2,000lb. Why all the effort and money? (Did we mention the open bar?)

Chinese sue for $1.3bn over CNN commentator's 'goons' remark

One dollar per person in China – that's the sum a primary school teacher and a beautician are claiming in a $1.3bn (£660m) lawsuit against the US broadcaster CNN for insulting the Chinese people. The legal action, filed in New York, is the latest incident in an escalating row over Western media coverage of the clampdown on recent unrest in Tibet and disruptions to the Beijing Olympic torch relay abroad.

Glasgow attack: Legend of terror hero 'Smeato' challenged

He was the everyman who became an international celebrity. John Smeaton – 'Smeato' to his army of fans – was lionised for helping police to foil an attempted car-bomb attack on Glasgow airport last June.

My Life In Media: Richard Quest

'Find something interesting or important in the world and go and tell the rest of the world about it and why it matters. Simple. I love it'

Knife law under review as father stabbed

Carrying a knife in public could lead to an automatic prison sentence under a review of the law following a spate of fatal stabbings.

Muammar Gaddafi: 'Even Arab presidents write their letters in English'

From a speech given by the Libyan President at the Arab-African Cultural Relations, Future Vision symposium, held in Sert, Libya

CNN grandmaster bows out

Ted Turner's comment about Hitler masked what was meant to be a farewell speech.

Chris Cramer: Journalists in wars are now considered targets

From a speech delivered at Newsworld Asia in Singapore by the managing director of CNN International

The day I scooped Rageh

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