Zuma Appoints Pravin Gordhan As Finance Minister – Pravin Gordhan has been reappointed as the minister of finance, replacing David van Rooyen who was put in the seat just four days ago. [mg]
Rand Rebounds After Zuma’s U-Turn – The rand rallied to 14.9420 per dollar before paring gains to 15.3272 by 00:44am in Johannesburg on Monday. It was at 15.8952 against the US currency on December 11. [iol]
The Guptas, SA’s First Family – Spotting and identifying visitors to the Gupta home has become a pastime for residents of the posh Joburg suburb of Saxonwold. [cp]
Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord In Paris – With the sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change. [nyt]
Julian Assange To Be Questioned By Sweden – Ecuador has agreed to allow Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned by the Swedish authorities at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. [bbc]
Russian Warship Fires Warning Shots Near Turkish Vessel – Unresponsive ship came within 600m of Russian destroyer before it opened fire with small arms, defence ministry says. [alja]
Trump Maintains Lead While Cruz Surges Into 2nd Place – Donald Trump has moved back into the lead of the 2016 Republican presidential contest, while Ted Cruz has surged into second place, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. [time]
Facebook Offices In Hamburg Vandalised – Vandals smash glass, throw paint and spray ‘Facebook dislike’ on entrance of social network’s building in northern German city [guardian]
Elon Musk, Tech Titans Put $1B Toward Artificial Intelligence Research – Tech giants including Tesla’s Elon Musk and venture capitalist Peter Thiel have banded together to pitch in a cool $1 billion to found a non-profit devoted to researching artificial intelligence. [usat]
Alibaba To Pay $266m for HK’s South China Morning Post – Chinese internet giant Alibaba will pay HK$2.06bn ($266m; £175m) for Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. [bbc]
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Blitzboks: Cape Town Sevens Champs! – The Blitzboks have won the South African leg of the World Sevens Series for the third time in a row, proving far too strong for Argentina in winning the Cape Town Sevens by 29-14. [s24]
Surfers Paddle Out To Honour WA Pair Missing In Mexico – Surfers in Mexico, the United States and Australia have taken part in paddle outs in memory of two WA surfers who went missing thought murdered in Mexico last month. [twa]
MTV Helicopter Crashes In Argentina, Killing 2 – A helicopter carrying a team filming for an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina on Saturday and at least two people were killed, local authorities said. [twp]
Ed Sheeran “Taking A Break” From Social Media To Have Surgery, Travel The World – Now it’s time to relax. Ed Sheeran finished his 16-month-long world tour with a final date in New Zealand on Saturday, Dec. 12, and just hours later he took to Instagram to let fans know that he’s planning an extended hiatus. [usm]
Judd Apatow Slams Trump And Accused Rapist Bill Cosby: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Women’ – Director Judd Apatow was only slightly out of place at Saturday night’s Spirit of Liberty Awards in Beverly Hills. But he managed to bring the house down by doing what he does best. [db]
Coldplay: ‘Rock Music Has Nowhere Left To Go’ – As Coldplay release their new album, Chris Martin and the band tell Neil McCormick why rock has had its day. [tele]
Actor Will Smith Says Donald Trump May ‘Force’ Him Into Politics – First, it was Ben Affleck tipped for US president. Then Kanye West. Now, Will Smith’s hinting he might have political aspirations of his own. [stuff]
Adele’s New Shorter Haircut Has Fans Freaking Out: Photo – Lookin’ good, girl! Adele showed off a new shorter haircut on Sunday, Dec. 13, and fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. [usm]
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