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Huffington Post India Launches

At press time, it’s early Monday morning in India. The official business week launch day of the 13th international edition of The Huffington Post.

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Per the blaring lead headline above, the alleged rape on Friday of a 26-year-old female Uber passenger by her New Delhi driver is front and center. Not just on the content side of The Huffington Post India but also in everyone’s personal thoughts and weekend commutes. From editor-in-chief Sruthijith KK’s introductory message:

As I drove to work this morning, teams of bleary-eyed policemen had spread out across Delhi, peering into vehicles that passed their metal barricades. They were on the lookout for the absconding taxi driver who on Friday night had allegedly raped a young woman who had believed she was availing the safest possible option to go home when she used the Uber App on her Smartphone to hail a cab.

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Good Morning Britain Closing New York Office

GoodMorningBritainLogoBy Today and GMA standards, ITV’s Good Morning Britain is a young pup. While the UK program’s network predecessors GMTV and Daybreak reach back to 1993, this particular incarnation was launched just last spring.

Nevertheless, in the TV business, it’s never too soon to tighten the belt, and so, per The Guardian, ITV has decided to close the program’s small New York office. From Tara Conlan‘s item:

Good Morning Britain launched in April with four presenters – including BBC Breakfast’s former presenter Susanna Reid – after the producers spent time in the U.S. studying the success of such shows as Good Morning America.

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This NYT Staffer is Spending Thanksgiving in Cuba

There is an additional Twitter journalist account to be aware of this holiday weekend (if you are not already): @londonoe.

That handle belongs to New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño who, for the first time since he was a college student, has traveled to Cuba. The Colombian-born, NYC-based foreign affairs writer – previously covering the Pentagon for the Washington Post – arrived November 22 and is scheduled to be there through the weekend. He has been sharing all sorts of fascinating glimpses of his visit, including this shot of the digital newsroom at Communist newspaper Periódico Granma:

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Le Monde Profiles Nikki Finke

Sandwiched around a great full-page, in-place-of-current-headshot illustration by Kelsey Dake, Le Monde’s M magazine has chimed in with a November 22 profile of Nikki Finke. Good timing, since heading into Thanksgiving, Finke tweeted that she is getting ready to announce by year’s end if and how her day-job efforts will continue.

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Although Finke did not on-the-record participate, article author Samuel Blumenfeld does at one point reference her off-the-record response to M inquiries. He writes that the speed and detail of her words made it feel like M was the only party to have ever contacted her.

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Time Inc. Gears Up for Third International Edition of People Magazine

PeopleMostBeautifulIssue2014Sometimes, timing is everything.

On the heels of Germany deposing the U.S. at the top of the Anholt-GfK Nations Brand Index, it was revealed that Time Inc. has pacted with Bauer to launch a German edition of People. From the announcement:

“Time Inc. is pleased to partner with Bauer Media Group in Germany, a weekly publisher with a strong heritage,“ said Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer, Time Inc. “We expect the People Germany team in Hamburg to launch the magazine with the same passion for the brand as we have in the U.S.”

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The Incredible Life of Vogue Illustrator Brian Stonehouse

At the bottom of the page for the selling exhibition launched in London this week by Abbott and Holder, the biography of the featured artist is split into two distinct sections: “Stonehouse the Spy” and “Stonehouse the Fashion Illustrator.”

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That’s because before the British-born Brian Stonehouse, who passed away in 1998, worked for Vogue in New York, he roamed behind enemy lines during World War II under the guise of an art student, with a radio hidden in his artist’s box. Sarah Royce-Greensill, a reporter for the Telegraph, is absolutely right when she notes that his life has the makings of a great movie:

His talents were recognized by Jessica Daves, Vogue’s fashion editor, and in 1952 the magazine hired him as a fashion illustrator – the first new illustrator Vogue had hired in over a decade – placing him among the ranks of celebrated artists of the time such as René Bouche, René Gruau and Carl “Eric” Erickson.

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Sacré Borough! There’s Now a ‘Brooklyn of Paris’

ShutterstockParisSilhouetteOnce upon a time, Asheville, North Carolina liked to banner itself as the “Paris of the South.” Today, according to a fun piece, by AP’s Beth J. Harpaz and Thomas Adamson, the go-to reference is Brooklyn.

In fact, as a sign of just how far things have come in that analogous department, the AP item suggests there is now a “Brooklyn of Paris.” The suburb of Pantin, on the northeast fringe of the city:

“It may have a way to go before it’s on a par with Brooklyn, but I expect it will continue to develop,” said artist Oliver Beer, who works both with a gallery in Pantin and with the Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary arts outpost, PS1, in New York City.

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Released and Writing Again, Theo Padnos Keeps a Promise

NYT_Twitter_MagazineIn the interminable hours, days and months of his Syrian torture and captivity, journalist Theo Padnos hoped and prayed that he would one day report again. For readers of the New York Times Magazine, that miraculous moment has arrived, punctuated by this deceptively straightforward footnote:

Theo Padnos has written for The London Review of Books, The New Republic and other publications. This is his first article for the magazine.

In the piece, titled “My Captivity,” Padnos details his odd relationship with Abu Mariya al-Qahtani, a.k.a. an individual known as the Al Qaeda fighter group’s “Man of Learning.” When Padnos was finally, without much warning, allowed to go free, he was asked improbably for a favor from his captor:

The Man of Learning asked me to approach the truck he was driving. “Hey Bitar,” he said. “Don’t say bad things about us in the press.”

“I’ll just say what’s true,” I said.

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NPR is Opening a South Korea Bureau

EliseHuPicElise Hu (pictured) has just landed one of the best jobs in American radio journalism. One that didn’t previously exist.

Beginning sometime next year, Hu will cover South Korea and Japan for NPR. Based out of the public radio service’s first-ever permanent Seoul posting, complementing the work being done out of Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi and Islamabad. From today’s announcement:

Hu, who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms, will take on a new role as NPR’s Seoul reporter.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of a bureau in Seoul,” said NPR’s acting senior vice president of news, Christopher Turpin. “This continues the tradition of NPR’s international coverage that goes beyond the headlines to bring strong voices and well told stories to our listeners at home, providing the necessary context to understand how world events affect our daily lives.”

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NYT Travel Writer Doubles as ‘Amigo Gringo’

Launched last week in Portuguese with English subtitles, Seth Kugel‘s twice-a-week NYC city guide series Amigo Gringo is off to a roaring start.

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From AP travel editor Beth J. Harpaz‘s report:

Kugel said reaction to the series has been “astounding. It’s been crazy. Everybody wants to talk to me.” The first installment got 25,000 hits [on YouTube] in the first 36 hours — not bad for a non-celebrity in a series by an unknown startup company, Rede Snack.

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