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Anti-gay ad?

UPDATE (30 July 08 - 4.30pm): Mars has announced the advert has been withdrawn from British television. Until now it has only been shown on UK TV and not broadcast in the US except for at the Superbowl. The UK's Advertising Standards Authority only received two complaints about it, but the ad was pulled anyway because of controversy in the US.

One of our Observers in Washington, blogger John Aravosis has alerted us to a seemingly homophobic advert from chocolate bar brand Snickers. This is the second time in 18 months that Snickers, who was forced to withdraw a gay-offensive ad last February, has faced criticism for homophobic advertising. Read more and see the ad...

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The new Batman – "the best superhero film in history"

The latest chapter of the flying rodent-man's adventures, Batman: The Dark Knight came out in North America and Hong Kong on Friday. The release pulled in record audience numbers, even beating Star Wars III. Read our Observers' comments about the film.

The Muppet Show makes a comeback, on YouTube

If you thought the cast from the Muppet Show had long disappeared from the mortal world, think again. A number of the Jim Henson puppets have proved their existence by setting up YouTube accounts and posting new footage online. Whether or not the comeback is official, however, currently remains a mystery. See our selection of the new sketches.
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McCain tracks Obama’s every move, online

People who criticise McCain for his "older than the Golden Gate" status will be silenced by the senator's newly acquired high-tech internet skills, says his campaign team. On Tuesday, the 71-year-old uploaded a tool allowing him to survey Barack Obama's website and point out any single modification that his competitor made to certain parts of his manifesto. Read more...

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Mitt Romney for McCain VP?

When they were in competition with each other, Mitt Romney and John McCain fought bare-knuckled for the presidential nomination. But now that McCain has secured the place and is on the lookout for a running-mate, speculation that Romney will be chosen is mounting. So what would the conservative Mormon bring to the table as the country's vice president? Read more...

Obama a Muslim and Michelle a militant?

Despite huge criticism for satirically depicting Barack Obama and his wife in a radically unpatriotic light, The New Yorker magazine refuses to apologise, saying that "satire is part of what we do". Obama's campaign team doesn't find it so funny though. Read more...

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Reverend Jackson wants to "cut Obama’s n*ts off"

Civil rights activist and friend of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson made a blunder on Sunday when he said something he shouldn't have... on Fox News. He didn't realise the cameras were rolling when he leant over to his neighbour to tell him, regarding Obama, "I wanna cut his nuts off". Read more and see the video.

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Kill off Iranians with cigarettes, says McCain

John McCain came up with a novel way to combat America's longstanding Iranian foe yesterday. Read more and see the video.

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He didn’t bother with Athens, but Bush will go to the games in Beijing

During a visit to Japan on Sunday, George Bush announced that he plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, deeming a boycott of the event "an affront to the Chinese people". One of our Observers for the US reminds us that in contrast, Bush didn't bother going to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Read more...

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Fox News doctors photos of critical journalists

Fox News aired doctored photos of two New York Times journalists who criticised the channel. After commenting that the right wing news source was losing viewers, the paper's reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe appeared on the channel with distorted features. See the video.

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