South African Cricket Braced For Huge Match-Fixing Scandal After Evidence Of Corruption In Ram Slam T20 – ICC’s anti-corruption unit closing in on a former South Africa Test player thought to be ring leader in attempts to corrupt recent Ram Slam competition. [tele]
MH370 Search Finds 19th-Century Shipwreck – Wreck of metal-hulled ship believed to have been located 3.7km below the surface of the southern Indian Ocean. [guardian]
Doomsday Warning As Predictions Of $10-A-Barrel Oil Grow – Oil prices fell to fresh lows below $30-a-barrel Tuesday amid warnings the price rout could hit US$10 a barrel and bring down gas prices to levels last seen in 2009. [fp]
Istanbul Suicide Bombing: Deadliest Attack On Germans In Over 13 Years – It was a strike at the heart of Turkey’s culture and its multibillion-dollar tourist industry. The suicide bombing on Sultanahmet Square on Tuesday killed 10 people — all of them Germans, the German Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday. [cnn]
Istanbul Suicide Bomber Entered Turkey As Syrian Refugee, Officials Say – The Islamic State suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in the heart of Istanbul registered here as a Syrian refugee without setting off security alerts—even though his brother had blown himself up in Syria, Turkish officials said. [wsj]
Lego Changes Bulk Buy Policy After Ai Weiwei Backlash – Lego has said it is reversing its policy on bulk purchases and will no longer ask customers what they want to use the bricks for. [bbc]
German Justice Minister: More Migrants Will Be Deported After Cologne Attacks – German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that more foreign criminals will be deported once new rules are introduced in response to an unprecedented wave of mob sex attacks blamed on migrants in Cologne. [cnn]
Seoul Fires Warning Shots At ‘North Korea Drone’ – South Korea says the “enemy’s unidentified object invaded” its territory and warns it is “closely” watching Pyongyang’s military. [sky]
Skiing Children In Deadly Alps Avalanche – Three people, including two children, die and several other pupils are badly hurt following a school tragedy in the French Alps. [sky]
Zim Journalists Roll Their Eyes At Mugabe Death Rumours – Claims that Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is at death’s door have been dismissed by journalists in that country as “part of the annual news cycle”. [mg]
Selling To Downgrade A Sign Of Things To Come – The increase in the percentage of owners selling residential property to downscale due to financial pressure is a possible hint of things to come, John Loos, household and property sector strategist at FNB Home Loans, said on Wednesday. [f24]
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An Expedition Is Digging Up A Lost Civilization In Honduras – The legend of the mysterious White City began in the 16th century as the Spanish conquerors explored the jungles of the Caribbean Coast of what would later become modern day Honduras. The city was said to boast vast riches, white buildings, and a giant statue of a monkey god. [vice]
David Bowie Cremated After Telling Loved Ones He Wanted To ‘Go Without Any Fuss’ – Pop icon David Bowie told loved ones he wanted to “go without any fuss” and was quietly cremated shortly after his death, according to reports. [nydn]
An ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Story Ends in Murder – American expatriate Ashley Ann Olsen lived what seemed like a charmed life in Florence before she was found murdered in a case stumping Italian investigators. New details emerged Wednesday. [db]
U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate – Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties. [nyt]
Explosives Used On Sick Beached Whales Most Humane Way, Say Marine Experts – How do you kill a 30,000-kilogram whale, beached on the sand? A high-powered rifle won’t do it, and an injection takes too long. [abc]
A Friends Reunion Is Definitely Going To Happen – A two-hour special reuniting David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courtenay Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow will air on NBC in February. [tele]
Turns Out El Chapo Had No Clue Who Sean Penn Was – Back in October, Sean Penn landed a blockbuster interview with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, but new texts released by a Mexican newspaper show that to the drug kingpin the actor might as well have been Seann William Scott. [gawk]
Nicky Hilton Is Pregnant With Her First Child – The 32-year-old heiress is pregnant, according to People’s sources, with her first baby with husband James Rothschild scheduled to arrive in the summer. [aol]
Gary Lineker And His Wife Danielle Divorce – Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle have divorced after six years of marriage. [bbc]
Khloé Kardashian Tells Howard Stern About Her ‘Humiliating’ Marriage To Lamar Odom – In her first in-depth interview since ex-husband Lamar Odom nearly died in a Las Vegas brothel, Khloé Kardashian tells Howard Stern how things got so bad. [db]
Run-DMC to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Grammys – Psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane will also receive the award. [time]
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