How Obama Used His Final State Of The Union To Discredit Trump – Barack Obama never uttered Donald Trump’s name, but the President left little doubt that his final State of the Union was delivered as a rebuttal to the Republican frontrunner and “the political hot air” that has buoyed him to the top of the polls. [time]
Iran Seizes U.S. Sailors Amid Claims Of Spying – Two United States Navy patrol boats and their crews were seized by the Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday during what a Tehran news agency alleged was “snooping.” [nyt]
Oscar Pistorius Claims SCA ‘Discriminated’ Against Him – The Paralympian’s Concourt appeal papers claim that the Supreme Court of Appeal discriminated against his “disability, vulnerability and anxiety”. [mg]
David Bowie: The Man Who Sold The World…And Bonds – David Bowie will be remembered for pushing the boundaries of music and fashion. But he also blazed trails in finance. [wsj]
Guzman’s Cell Fortified Against Escape – Deeply concerned that the world’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, could escape for a third time, Mexico has beefed up security at his prison, reinforcing the floor of his cell and placing a guard on his door 24/7. [newsau]
Social Media User Apologises For Fake Rape Story – The Twitter story about a young Pretoria woman who was allegedly raped and murdered near Germiston on the East Rand has been found to be untrue. [ewn]
Tourism Numbers Back Up – Yesterday, the Department of Home Affairs revealed that the number of foreign arrivals to the country increased over the festive season. [tlive]
Pressure Rises As SAA Faces Cash Crunch – South Africa is under increasing pressure to enforce changes at the country’s unprofitable state-owned airline after the carrier lost access to a short-term credit facility from Citigroup, exacerbating an already weak financial position. [iol]
Powerball Jackpot Increases To $1.5 Billion – The Powerball jackpot hit a world record on Tuesday and is now worth $1.5 billion. [cnbc]
Online Service Comes Clean About Buying Overseas Lottery Tickets – There is a lot of speculation when it comes to the online service providers that let you buy tickets to overseas lotteries. Read this interesting piece about their legal position and a local client who won $1.2 million from an overseas lottery. [more]
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El Chapo Wanted To Be A Brand – Long before he met with Sean Penn for an interview that would lead, at least partly, to his recapture last week, lawyers for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán applied to have his name trademarked, the Guardian reports, citing Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola. [gawk]
Biden Says Obama Offered Him Money During Son’s Illness – The friendship between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden is well-documented. They have lunch together every week, wear matching ties, and their families go on vacation together. Obama even gave the eulogy at the funeral for Biden’s son Beau, who died of cancer last year. [huff]
Obama Vows To Cure Cancer ‘Once And For All’ – President Obama pledged a “new national effort” to find a cure for cancer in his final State of the Union address on Tuesday. [hill]
Eddie Redmayne Ditched His Smartphone To ‘Live In The Moment’ – The actor Eddie Redmayne ditched his smartphone in favour of an analogue handset to help him live “in the moment”, he has revealed. [ind]
Rupert Murdoch’s Love for Jerry Hall Is Real – Sources close to the couple say this has been a genuine whirlwind romance and Hall has fallen in love with the media baron. [db]
Will Marriage To Murdoch Now Mean Jerry Has To Quit Jagger’s £13Million Mansion? – Deal with former partner after they split let her stay there unless she married. [dm]
Irina Shayk Gives The Peach Emoji Some Competition In Her Latest Bikini Instagram – The Russian supermodel showed off her sculpted figure complete with a stormy tropical background on Instagram Monday. [people]
Amy Schumer’s Boyfriend Gets Romantic: ‘There Is No Place I’d Rather Be’ – Sunsets and romance! Amy Schumer’s boyfriend, Ben Hanisch, shared a stunning photograph of the woman in his life on Monday, January 11, taken as the pair of them took a romantic stroll along the beach. [usm]
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