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Somalia: Comic shot dead after mocking Islamist militants

A popular Somali comic and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.

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BSkyB powers ahead with record annual profits

BSkyB showed just what Rupert Murdoch is missing as Britain's biggest pay-TV company raked in record annual profits of £1.19bn — equivalent to more than £3m a day. Mr Murdoch, who aborted his takeover of Sky because of the phone-hacking scandal, insisted a month ago that his News Corporation is no longer interested in buying the FTSE-100 firm, but another strong set of numbers from Sky suggests otherwise.

Future Olympics could be only on pay-per-view TV under new rules

The Olympic Games could be broadcast on pay-per-view Sky TV in future, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has hinted.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the company said in an internal memo on today.

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TV host stuns Turkey: 'I'd let my husband have another wife'

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Lord Sugar finally launches YouView internet television service

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