Frenchman Says Clifton Pad Does Not Belong To Tokyo/Judy Sexwale – Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman and good friend of sacked housing minister Tokyo Sexwale, has turned to the Cape Town High Court to compel Sexwale to move out of a R100m house that he once gave to his wife Judy as a Christmas present. [news24]
Cable Theft Leads To 20 OR Tambo Flight Delays – Hundreds of passengers were stranded at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday morning after three power cables were severely damaged by thieves who tried to make off with them. [timeslive]
Eiffel Tower Briefly Evacuated After Telephone Threat – The Eiffel Tower, France’s top tourist draw, was briefly evacuated on Sunday and the area ringed by security forces. Police said the action followed a threat delivered by telephone but did not elaborate. [afp]
US Shutdown – No Deal – With a possible default on government obligations just days away, Senate Democratic leaders — believing they have a political advantage in the continuing fiscal impasse — refused Sunday to sign on to any deal that reopens the government but locks in budget cuts for next year. [newyorktimes]
Rallier Tells Obama To ‘Put The Quran Down’ – Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate. [cnn]
Silk Road Commemorated With Special Edition Ecstasy Pills – A drug dealer is keeping the memory of digital black market Silk Road alive with specially-printed ecstasy pills. “To pay our respect to DPR and to forever remember the legacy that was Silk Road we have made a small batch of special units,” reads a message on the online storefront for TheHeineken, which sells an array of narcotics. [verge]
Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Break With Tradition To Choose Friends As Royal Godparents – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again broken with royal tradition to choose friends from their schools and university to be godparents to Prince George. [telegraph]
Gupta Neighbours Threaten Law Suit – Residents of Saxonwold have threatened legal action if the City of Johannesburg grants permission for an illegally built mansion within the Gupta family compound, The Saturday Star reported. [timeslive]
110 Pilgrims Killed In Stampede On Bridge Leading To Temple – The Navratra festivities ended in tragedy when 110 pilgrims including women and children were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede on a bridge leading to the historic Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. [toi]
Malaysia Court Rules Non-Muslims Can’t Use ‘Allah’ – A Malaysian appeals court on Monday upheld a government ban against the use of the word “Allah” to refer to God in non-Muslim faiths, overruling claims by Christians in this Muslim-majority nation that the restriction violates their religious rights. [ap]
Branson Blames Health For Leaving Britain – Sir Richard Branson, who has spent decades flying the flag for British business through his Virgin brand, has said he decided to move to a Caribbean tax haven for his health. [sky]
Jeremy Irons Not Digging Lorries In His Town – He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives. [dailymail]
Kenyan Breaks Course Record At Chicago Marathon – Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record Sunday in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women’s winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings. [usat]
50 Shades Movie Replacing Lead Actor – Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the erotic thriller, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Universal Pictures and Focus Features unexpectedly announced on Saturday. [thew]
Apple Lawyers Demand Takedown Of iTunes Radio Contract – A digital music news site was forced to take down a copy of an iTunes Radio contract it had been given and published — opting to post the entire contract online rather than just discuss the portions it wanted to highlight, prompting a copyright claim from Apple. [mcnn]
Tattooed Jesus On Billboards Sparks Controversy In Texas (VIDEO) – Billboards emblazoned with images of a heavily tattooed Jesus Christ are causing quite a stir in a Texas city. Part of an ad campaign by Christian outreach group JesusTattoo.org, the billboards show a pictorial depiction of Jesus with words like “Outcast,” “Addicted,” “Hated” and “Faithless” stamped on his body. According to the Christian Post, more than 50 such billboards have been erected in Lubbock, Texas, thus far. [huffpo]
Michael Douglas Lied About His Cancer – In an interview with Samuel L. Jackson on the U.K. talk show “This Morning,” the 69-year-old admitted that the type of cancer he battled in 2010 was not stage four throat cancer — he was actually diagnosed with tongue cancer. [huffpo]
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