Renegade Soldiers Seize Mali Palace In Apparent Coup E’Tat – Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace. A spokesperson for the rebels announced the constitution was to be suspended and state institutions dissolved. [bbc]
Toulouse Siege Enters Second Day – The police siege of a building in Toulouse where a man suspected of killing seven people (possibly filming the whole thing) is holed up has entered a second day. Late on Wednesday gunfire and at least one explosion were heard at the block of flats in north of the city. [bbc]
People Angry With Zuma, Burning Flags, The Usual – President Jacob Zuma, regularly punted as the people’s president, had to be protected from them yesterday as violent protests – including the burning of the South African flag – broke out in Sharpeville, in the Vaal Triangle. [timeslive]
An Aspirin A Day Could Cure Cancer – Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent, and possibly treat, cancer. [reuters]
ANC Not Digging Zille’s Twitter Vibe – The ANC on Wednesday bemoaned opposition leader Helen Zille’s comment in which she referred to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees. [mail&guardian]
Israel Bans Underweight Models – A new Israeli law bans showing overly thin models from local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders. It also requires publications to disclose when they use altered images of models to make the women and men appear even thinner than they really are. [thestar]
New Zealand Freaking Out Over Marmite Supplies – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key complained his personal supplies of Marmite were dwindling Tuesday, amid a nationwide shortage of the salty spread caused by the Christchurch earthquakes. [telegraph]
Obama To Visit North Korea Border – Amid new tension with North Korea over a planned rocket launch, United States President Barack Obama plans to visit the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea at the start of an international trip next week, the White House said. [nzherald]
Robert De Niro “White First Lady” Joke Causes A Flap – Robert De Niro says he meant no offense when he joked at a presidential fundraiser featuring Michelle Obama that America might not be ready for a white first lady. “My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone — especially the first lady,” De Niro said. [goerie]
Kony 2012 Guy’s Public Masturbation Vibe Is Due To ‘Reactive Psychosis’ – Jason Russell, director of the wildly popular Kony 2012 video, has been diagnosed with a “brief reactive psychosis” and is expected to remain in the hospital for weeks, his wife said today. [usatoday]
KISS And Motley Cure Take Aim At Rihanna – “We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them,” KISS’ Gene Simmons said on Tuesday afternoon. “The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A.'” [billboard]
Birdman Flying Video: Real Or Fake? – A video showing a guy dressed as a bird man with massive flapping wings, has gone ‘viral’ on the internet. It looks very real and shows a guy running, taking off, flying and landing – with special wings that he flaps. Check it out. [wired]
R2.2 Billion Jackpot Tomorrow – Buy Tickets Online! – There was no jackpot winner in the March 20th USA Mega Millions draw. The winning numbers were 1-4-6-11-14 and Mega Ball 30. The USA Mega Millions Jackpot on Friday, March 23th is now estimated at US $290Million. That comes to R2.2 Billion and you can buy tickets online. [here]
Hugh Hefner’s Son Off To Violence Classes – Hugh Hefner’s son Marston has been sentenced to a 52-week domestic violence program after allegedly beating his Playmate girlfriend Claire Sinclair last month. [tmz]
Reece Has A Bun In The Oven – When Reese Witherspoon turns 36 today, she’ll definitely have something extra to celebrate: A baby on the way! [usmagazine]
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