Five Cousins Found Dead In Freezer – Five children were found dead in a disused freezer in their grandmother’s yard in Kakamas, Northern Cape police said on Wednesday. [iol]
ANC Wants Probe Into Company Behind Zuma Must Fall Banner – The ANC in the Western Cape on Wednesday called for a ‘proper investigation’ into the company which was behind the large “Zuma Must Fall” banner which was erected on the side of a Cape Town building last week. [n24]
MTN Set For R15.9bn Profit In Nigeria – Africa’s biggest mobile network MTN [JSE:MTN] looks set to make a R15.9bn profit in Nigeria, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. [f24]
ISIS Fighters Just Got a Huge Pay Cut – Facing financial pressure the Islamic State slashed fighters’ salaries by half. [cnn]
Last Year Was Hottest On Record By Wide Margin – The 2015 heat, significantly above last century’s average, is the fourth time in 11 years a global temperature record was set. [sky]
Real Estate Nails Race To The Mast – Only a fifth of South Africa’s property agents are black, with start-up capital a major barrier to entry. [mg]
Facebook Gets Slammed For Spamming India’s Telecom Regulator – In a strongly worded email on Jan. 18 (pdf), India’s telecom regulator has accused Facebook of running a “crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll” in an attempt to save its Free Basics service in the country. [qz]
Wild Day On Wall Street: Dow Halves 500-Plus Drop – Wednesday was a wild roller coaster on Wall Street, with stocks moving off of earlier, huge losses and the Nasdaq almost landing in positive territory. [usat]
Oxford Debates Legacy Of Controversial Alumnus Cecil Rhodes – Oxford University’s storied debating society sparred Tuesday over whether or not to venerate Cecil Rhodes, whose controversial legacy is at the center of an escalating spat between students and faculty. [wsj]
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Virtual Tour Of Buckingham Palace Launched By Google – Buckingham Palace has teamed up with Google to produce a 3D tour of parts of the Queen’s home in London. [bbc]
Penthouse Denies Reports Print Magazine Is Shutting Down – Penthouse denied reports that the magazine is folding and said it will continue to have all the nudes fit to print. [cnn]
Ricky Gervais Urges Host Chris Rock To Do Some ‘Serious Damage’ At Oscars 2016 – Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais has urged actor Chris Rock to do some “serious damage” when he hosts the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. [ibn]
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Cocaine King Pablo Escobar’s Miami Beach Mansion Bites The Dust – The rose-colored Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian cocaine king Pablo Escobar will soon be reduced to powder. [nbc]
Meadow From The Sopranos Has MS – The actress, who just married her fiancé of almost three years, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra, opens up to PEOPLE in this week’s issue about her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS), which she was diagnosed with at 20 years old. [people]
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Know Why OJ Did It – Was OJ Simpson’s best friend having an affair with his wife, Nicole Simpson, giving the former football player motive to kill? The blow-dried ladies of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills seem to think so, and this season they’re relitigating the OJ trial, one dog-themed charity event at a time. [gawk]
ABBA Reunite For The First Time In Years – All four members of pop group ABBA came together for the time in seven years as they supported Bjorn Ulvaeus at the launch of his latest business venture. [mirror]
Lily Allen Fuels Divorce Rumours As She Deletes All Her Instagram Pictures – Lily Allen has deleted all pictures from her Instagram account amid reports her marriage is over. [newsau]
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Is No Longer A Billionaire As Of Today – Dorsey, the tech CEO multi-tasker who runs both Square and Twitter, saw his net worth fall below $1 billion on Wednesday as shares in both of his companies collapsed amid a broader market downturn, according to an estimate of his wealth from Forbes. [mash]
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