Britain Borrows Jet From BP To Evacuate Citizens From Libya – Britain’s Foreign Office finally managed to load 300 Britons onto a plane at Tripoli, but only after it had borrowed the jet from BP. The plane the Government had intended to use to evacuate Britons waited on the runway at Gatwick airport for 10 hours before taking off late on Wednesday night. What will happen next? Will the plane return? Stay tuned – all will be revealed! [telegraph]
130 Libyan Soldiers Executed – At least 640 people have been killed in Libya in protests since they started last week. The figure includes 275 dead in Tripoli and 230 dead in the protest epicentre in the eastern city of Benghazi, the IFHR’s Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. The Benghazi toll includes “130 soldiers who were executed by their officers in Benghazi for refusing to fire on crowds” of protesters, she said. [news24]
Gaddafi Ordered Lockerbie Bomb – Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie attack which slaughtered 270 innocent people, the former Libyan justice minister has claimed. Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil said he had proof of the Libyan tyrant’s hand in the bombing. The dissident suggested this was is what lay behind his desire to fight for the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. [dailymail]
2oceansvibe Radio Launches Live Webcam Weather Girl – In another South African first, 2oceansvibe Radio has launched the bi-weekly weathergirl – a bikini clad model who will give the current world weather report, live on webcam. The weather reports are set to go live-streaming on the net at 08h30, Tuesdays and Thursdays [2ov-radio]
Charlie Sheen Goes On Holiday With His Wife, A Pornstar And Another Woman – Two and a Half Men train-wreck Charlie Sheen is leaving on a tropical vacation Wednesday, taking his wife, his live-in porn star girlfriend and another woman. Sheen’s soon-to-be-ex wife Brooke Mueller moved back into Sheen’s multi-million dollar mansion during the weekend. Also living with Mueller and Sheen are porn star Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly. Go Charlie! [radar]
Wealth, Extravagance And Beyonce: Libyan Soap Opera – The children of Muammar Gaddafi have in recent months been covering up scandals fit for a “Libyan soap opera”, including publicity about extravagant displays of their fabulous wealth. The displays included a $1-million (R7-million) private concert by pop star Beyonce, according to secret diplomatic cables released yesterday. Yes, Wikileaks were there.. [timeslive]
Obama Makes First Comments On Libya – President Obama said the bloodshed in Libya was “outrageous and unacceptable,” but he declined to directly censure Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi who has been blamed for much of the violent crackdown. “The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable, so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first televised remarks on the situation in Libya. [abcnews]
China Creating World Of Warcraft Theme Park – So geek fantasies do come true. At least they do In Wunjin district, China. Reported way back on February 7, 2011 by a French gaming blog, the videogame studio Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and StarCraft themed amusement park appears to be more than just rumor after recent photos of the construction surfaced along with a Chinese news report. This won’t be the first time a “unique” theme park has come to fruition in China. In 2009 there was a Kingdom of Dwarves theme park that showcased people of short stature. [huffers]
Nude Eva Mendes Pics Go Missing – Six photos of Eva Mendes — partially in the nude — are missing in action right now, according to the photographer who snapped the pics. The photos in question were taken by Lyndon Chubbuck … and scheduled to go on display at an art show later this week at Supperclub Los Angeles. According to Lyndon, his works of art were nabbed somewhere between the printer and an art show last weekend. Yes, we will get them when they surface! [tmz]
KZN To Name And Shame Drunk Drivers – The names of people found guilty of drinking and driving will be published in newspapers, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department said on Wednesday. “I wish to indicate that the naming and shaming of drinking and driving offenders has officially begun,” KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu said in a statement. [timeslive]
Somali Pirates Murder US Hostages – Somali pirates killed four Americans, including a retired couple on their hijacked yacht, as efforts to end a hostage drama turned violent. Four Somali pirates also died, two of them killed by US special forces yesterday in one of the deadliest conclusions to a raft of hostage-takings off the coast of Somalia that are usually resolved through ransom payments. [theaustralian]
Rihanna And Ryan Phillippe, Sitting In A Tree – Rihanna’s got a steamy new collaboration! Though one source told Us Weekly the singer, 23, appeared to blow off Ryan Phillippe, 36, at a Gucci/Roc Nation brunch in L.A. on Feb. 12, a second insider says it was actually just the opposite — and that the two had a sleepover that very night! “She thinks he’s hot,” says the source. “They totally had sex. And it wasn’t even the first time!” I tell you… It’s ALL happening! [usmagazine]
The Most Beautiful Object In South Africa – The public is invited to vote for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, Design Indaba’s highly anticipated and prestigious award. Each nomination has been chosen for its innovation and aesthetic appeal, and the lineup represents the best of South Africa’s creative talent. [mail&guardian]
Wikileaks Opens Gift Shop – Aiming to raise funds for both the controversial website and leader Julian Assange’s legal defense fund, WikiLeaks this month opened an online gift shop. The shop, run by German company Spreadshirt AG, features T-shirts, duffle bags, umbrellas and buttons with the WikiLeaks logo, pictures of Assange and the organization’s tagline, “Courage is contagious.” A note on the page explains that “All proceedings go to WikiLeaks operations.” [mashable]
Easyjet Jewish Customers Offered Ham Or Bacon – EasyJet has been branded ‘insensitive’ by Jewish customers who were served bacon sandwiches on a flight from Israel.Airline staff for the budget airline were forced to apologise on the route to London when passengers of the Jewish faith were offered only ham melts and bacon baguettes. The airline claims to take pride in its inclusion of kosher food on the journey which was was introduced only in November. Not Ideal. [dailymail]
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