INTERNATIONAL PRESS – Fri. 11/10/13: The Guardian focuses on the need for a public debate about the extent of surveillance by intelligence agencies and the need for more transparency. Also in the papers: debate on whether the US decision to postpone some military aid to Egypt is too little too late, kidnapping rabbis and Disney princesses with feelings.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS – Weds. 25/09/13: International papers continue to focus on the Nairobi mall attack and the role of Somali communities outside Somalia: a breeding ground for terrorism, or the future of the country? Also, the Pussy Riot prison diaries, a crackdown on tattoos in the US army and trouble at Disney.
Social messaging network Twitter has confirmed that it plans to go public. News of the planned stock market listing came, of course, in a tweet. It's set to be the biggest technology flotation since Facebook last year. We also have good news for fans of wizards, with a partnership between Warner Brothers and the creator of Harry Potter, J K Rowling.
"Le Pouvoir" or "Power" hit French cinemas day, a fly-on-the-wall film depicting François Hollande's first eight months in power. So does it flatter a president who vaunts his 'normality' or does it expose his weaknesses? Also, Disney character Merida gets the Barbie treatment, and an online petition hopes to overturn the makeover.
The Walt Disney Co will buy Lucasfilm Ltd, including the Star Wars franchise of director George Lucas, for $4.05 billion, Disney announced on Tuesday. A new installment in the epic series, "Star Wars 7", is set for release in 2015.
Campaigning for the French Presidential election officially kicks off but candidates are not allowed to insult each other and they must each have equal air time under French law. Next, France's top court may overturn a verdict against oil giant Total for a devastating spill off the coast of Brittany. Finally, move over Mona Lisa… Cinderella steals the limelight as Disneyland Paris becomes Europe's top tourist destination.
A Muslim woman is suing the Disneyland theme park in California for discrimination after she was told she could not perform her high-profile job as hostess while wearing a headscarf because it did not conform to the "Disney look", a local union said.
Entertainment giant Walt Disney Co was ordered to pay 270 million dollars to British company Celador after a US jury ruled that Disney failed to pay the full amount of royalties for the US version of hit TV programme "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".
The Web reacts to the candidacy of NoyNoy Aquino, son of the former Philippine president, Corazon Aquino. Also in today's review of the Web: Net users mobilise for Cuban ‘Panfilo’, convicted for complaining he was hungry on a video.
"Spider-Man", the "X-Men" and over 5,000 other characters belonging to Marvel Entertainment are to join the big Walt Disney family after the entertainment giant on Monday announced a cash deal worth four billion dollars to acquire Marvel.