There Were No Customs Officials At Gupta’s Waterkloof Air Base Landing – SARS To Probe – The South African Revenue Services has confirmed that Custom officials were not present at the Waterkloof Air Base when the Gupta family’s private jet landed with 200 people from India. [sabc]
Obama Is Ready To Arm Syrian Rebels – President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials. [washpo]
North Korea Gives American 15 Years Hard Labour – North Korean court has sentenced the US citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years, hard labour after finding him guilty of unspecified crimes against the state in a move possibly intended to force concessions from Washington. Someone get Bill Clinton on the line. [guardian]
Apple’s Record Plunge Into Debt Pool – Apple Inc. AAPL -0.79% sold the largest corporate-bond deal in history Tuesday, a $17 billion offering investors hungrily gobbled up. [wallstreetjournal]
Air Force Told That Gupta Guests Were ‘Royalty’ – Twenty flying squad members, 10 high-powered flying squad cars, as many as 40 members of the police counter-assault team and VIP protection unit and several armoured and specialised surveillance vehicles. [timeslive]
Gupta Nuptials Guest Memo – After much deliberation, the Daily Maverick has decided to publish a top-secret Gupta wedding memo handed out to all overseas attendees. [dailymav]
Alleged Rhino Horn Traders Walk Free – The case against two Vietnamese men accused of smuggling rhino horn was thrown out of the Khayelitsha Regional Court after government failed to provide interpreters, the Star reported on Wednesday. [news24]
Twitter Warns News Organisations Over Hacking Amid Syrian Attacks – News organisations including the BBC have been warned by Twitter to tighten security in the wake of several high-profile hacks. [bbc]
Yahoo CEO Pockets $36 Million (R315 Million) In 6 Months – Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer hauled in $US36.6 million ($35.3 million) in pay, bonuses and stock last year after just six months at the helm of the internet firm, with some of that time spent on maternity leave. [smh]
The 7 Types of Digital Marketer – Social media has disrupted quite a few fields, becoming an integral part of many of them, such as journalism or marketing. But everybody has a different way of using social media in the digital marketing world — and his or her unique own style. [mashable]
Abdicate? Queen Elizabeth Is Too Selfless To Go Dutch – Her Majesty the Queen is no quitter – she has predicated her whole life on a sacrifice for Britain’s benefit. [telegraph]
North Korea Reactor ‘Could Produce Plutonium’ – Satellite photos show that a new reactor – which may be able to produce weapons-grade nuclear material – is nearing completion. [skynews]
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Advice To Women Fighting With Their Husbands? Blow Job.. – Then Chelsea Handler tells everyone about the time Paltrow advised her friend who was fighting with her husband to pretend it was opposite day and give him a blow job. [video]
James Middleton and Donna Air Take Their Romance Public – James Middleton, 26, and TV personality Donna Air, 33, have gone public with their fledgling romance. Kate Middleton’s younger brother was spotted leaving LouLou’s private members’ club hand-in-hand with the blonde, who looked coy as the cameras captured their moment together. [hellomagazine]
Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Cost $200 Million, Endured Filming Woes – In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, producers of the zombie film discussed the complications the movie has experienced, which include delays, budgeting woes and having to reshoot its entire ending. [fox]
Tomorrow’s MegaMillions Jackpot Is R1.1 Billion – We’re in a arare situation where both the MegaMillions and the Powerball lotteries are over R1 billion. MegaMillions is $126 million and Powerball is $165 million (R1.5 Billion). Get tickets. [here]
Saturday’s Powerball Jackpot Is R1.5 Billion – We’re in a arare situation where both the MegaMillions and the Powerball lotteries are over R1 billion. MegaMillions is $126 million and Powerball is $165 million (R1.5 Billion). Get tickets. [here]
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