Robert Mugabe Will Attend The ANC Birthday Celebrations – The African National Congress expects 46 heads of state at its 100th anniversary bash this weekend, but isn’t sure its iconic leader Nelson Mandela will attend. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni are among leaders that have confirmed. [timeslive]
Malema Will Not Share A Stage With Zuma At Centenary – Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was not included in the formal programme of the ruling party’s centenary festivities in Bloemfontein, ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete said. [news24]
Mark Zuckerberg’s Outrageous Week in Uruguay – At work, Mark Zuckerberg is the one trying, and often failing, to meet the demands of his 800 million users. But on vacation in Uruguay for eight days, the Facebook CEO gets to be the one issuing requests. And he’s a rather insane customer. [gawker]
Sarkowzy Angry After Being Called A “Nasty Piece Of Work” – Francois Hollande, the opposition Socialist candidate currently on course to beat Mr Sarkozy in April’s election, allegedly called the president a “sale mec”, which roughly translates as a “nasty piece of work”. [telegraph]
Apple Trying For Premier League TV Rights? – Computer giants Apple are showing interest in joining the billion-pound battle for the next set of live Premier League TV rights when the tender goes out before the end of the season. The Premier League is seen as the type of premium content that will help establish Apple TV in the UK and boost iPad sales, while the iTunes subscription service infrastructure is already in place. [dailymail]
Scientists Name Crab After The Hoff – UK scientists have found an array of new species living around volcanic vents on the Southern Ocean floor south-east of South Georgia. The haul includes a new type of yeti crab that researchers dubbed “The Hoff” crab when they first saw it, in honour of the famous American actor David Hasselhoff. The crab has long hairs – setae – on its ventral surface, or abdomen. [bbc]
News Of The World Editor Joins New York Daily News – Colin Myler, the final editor of the News of the World who has been a key figure in the unravelling phone-hacking scandal in the UK, has crossed back over the Atlantic to take the helm of the New York Daily News. [daily]
President Of PayPal Takes Reigns Yahoo – Yahoo has once again gone outside the company to breath new life into the once-mighty internet titan: Scott Thompson, most recently the president of eBay’s PayPal division, takes the helm on Jan. 9. [wired]
George Michael Attacks Right-Wing Religious Group Who Prayed For His Death – George Michael has hit back at a right wing religious group who prayed for his death while he was suffering from pneumonia in an Austrian hospital in December. Michael slammed Christians For a Moral America as “”cocksucking bastards” on Twitter after hearing reports that a member of the group known only as Keith had alleged Michael was actually suffering from AIDS and deserved to die because of his sexuality. More.. [huffpo]
Reduction In Cancer Deaths In US – Fewer Americans are dying of cancer, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The society’s annual report on cancer statistics showed that cancer death rates have fallen nearly two percent for both men and women over the past five years. [cbsnews]
Chinese Billionaire Dies After Cat Stew Poisoned – Billionaire Long Liyuan died after noshing on slow-boiled cat meat stew during a business lunch in the Guangdong province, where cooked kitty is a local delicacy. But Long’s family smelled a rat and pressed the police to investigate deeper. Investigators soon discovered that the cat stew had been laced with a toxic herb called Gelsemium elegans, which is native to southeast Asia — and which has long been used by despondent peasants to commit suicide. [nydailynews]
The Fastest Car In The World Now Goes 442 km/h – How will this finny, sublunary rocket accomplish this task, snatching the mantle from the 267 m.p.h, $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron Super Sports? The same way the U.S.A. wins at everything, through technological ingenuity in the service of hegemonic brute force. In this case, getting this thing to a projected clip of 275 m.p.h. [vanityfair]
Kanye West’s Ex Blames Kim Kardashian For The Breakup – Kim Kardashian has always insisted that she and Kanye West are just friends, but that may not be the truth after all! In an exclusive interview with Star magazine, Kanye’s ex girlfriend, Amber Rose, revealed that the reason she and the singer split was because of the reality star’s devious cheating ways. [radar]
How Your Dreams Can Make You Smarter – It’s late in the evening: time to close the book and turn off the computer. You’re done for the day. What you may not realize, however, is that the learning process actually continues — in your dreams. [time]
Turtles Give Each Other High-Five – One of these turtles must have done something awesome, since nothing else could have warranted such an enthusiastic high-five. Or maybe they’re just congratulating themselves for helping Marlin find Nemo. Whatever the case, around 12 seconds into this YouTube video there’s something that looks strikingly similar to the human motion commonly seen following successful keg stands. [huffers]
Missing Girl Deported To Columbia – A 14-year-old Texas girl who has been missing since 2010 after running away from home, was mistakenly deported to Colombia by immigration agents and is now sitting in a detention facility waiting to come home. [cbsnews]
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