Oscar’s Application ‘Without Merit, Contrived’ – The State has opposed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s application to appeal his murder conviction on the grounds that there was “no reasonable prospect” of him succeeding. [n24]
Author Gets Death Threats Over Zuma Book – The author of a controversial book – which portrays President Jacob Zuma as the biblical shepherd Jacob – has received multiple death threats from Christians who consider it blasphemous. [tlive]
DA Slams ‘Insulting’ Mazibuko Comments – The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme on Monday commented on recent remarks made by former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, calling them incorrect and an insult to the party’s incumbent leader. [iol]
Abortion Video Makers Charged For Soliciting Organs – A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted the makers of the videos that allegedly showed Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donation. [chron]
Obama Bans Solitary For Juveniles – Using his power of executive action, President Barack Obama on Monday banned solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. [wp]
ISIS Releases New Video Of Paris Attackers – ISIS has released a gruesome new propaganda video that purports to show final messages from the Paris attackers. [cnn]
Asylum-Seekers In UK Forced To Wear Wristbands To Get Food – A company providing housing and meals for asylum-seekers in Cardiff, Wales have dropped a controversial practice of requiring people to wear brightly coloured wristbands to collect food after outrage over the practice. [mble]
Banksy’s Latest Artwork Shows ‘Les Misérables Girl’ Crying In Cloud Of Tear Gas – In criticism of Europe’s response to the refugee crisis, elusive graffiti artist Banksy has chosen the French embassy in London to be his latest canvas. [dt]
British Explorer Henry Worsley Dies Crossing Antarctic, 30 Miles Short Of Goal – British explorer Henry Worsley has died attempting to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided, in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton. [cnn]
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Hey, What About All the Gay People Who Aren’t Winning Oscars? – Two-time Academy Awards nominee Ian McKellen has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the film industry, as it relates to being acknowledged by the Oscars (and landing the kind of roles that could yield gold-plated glory). [gwkr]
ANCYL Wants To Save Maimane From ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ – The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has decided that DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, needs to be saved from ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. [n24]
Suits Claim Disney Abused Visa Rules – Two lawsuits filed in federal court allege that Disney, along with two global consulting businesses, colluded to break the law by using temporary H-1B visas to hire immigrants to replace American workers. [nyt]
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Faf Takes Exception To Disgruntled Fan – The Proteas appear a frustrated bunch following an incident involving a disgruntled supporter and Faf du Plessis. [s24]
Head Of The Directors Guild Politely Asks Hollywood To Cut The Shit And Make A Real Plan – Following the Hollywood diversity conversation could, at this point, be a full-time job. For Paris Barclay, the head of the Directors Guild of America, it already kind of is—and he’s really tired of the lack of action. [jzbl]
Mexico’s Secret Narco Museum – Hidden in the smog-ridden north of Mexico City, inside the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense—or Mexican army HQ—sits one of the most fascinating museums on the planet. [dbeast]
What The Snowstorm Looked Like On The Statue Of Liberty – Timelapse video shows how Lady Liberty weathered the blizzard [time]
Serena Williams Rolls Past Maria Sharapova At Australian Open – Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on a warm Tuesday afternoon. [nyp]
CSA: Bodi Caught Before Match-Fixing Took Place – The word from Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat on Monday was that Gulam Bodi was “stopped” before any match-fixing had taken place during last year’s Ram Slam T20 tournament. [s24]
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Sheen’s Lawyer Slams ‘Greedy’ Denise – Denise Richards has been branded “greedy” by Charlie Sheen’s lawyer. [iol]
Princess Diana’s Niece Kitty Spencer Shows Off Her Style Sense In An Ivory Jumpsuit And Matching Coat At Dior For Paris Fashion Week – From partying with the cast of Made In Chelsea to enjoying luxurious weekends away, she certainly has an envious social life. [mail]
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