George W. Bush Returns To Campaign Trail For Brother – Former president George W. Bush made a folksy and resolute return to the political arena here Monday night after a seven-year hibernation, trying to enliven his brother’s flagging campaign and stop Republicans from coalescing around front-runner Donald Trump. [washpo]
Moody’s Cuts Anglo’s Debt To Junk – Anglo American’s credit rating was cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service, which said slumping commodity prices had damaged its ability to pay down debt. [bdl]
Man Caught With Drugs Worth R4m At O.R Tambo Airport – A man was arrested in a multi-million rand drug bust at the O.R Tambo International Airport at the weekend, SA Revenue Services (SARS) officials said on Monday. [tlive]
Four U.S. Journalists Detained In Bahrain: Journalists Group – A U.S. journalist and three members of her camera crew were detained in Bahrain on Sunday, Reporters Without Borders said on Monday, urging Bahrain to release the four American citizens “rapidly and without harm.” [reuters]
MTN Inks Sony Music Deal Amid Royalties Row – MTN has announced a content agreement with Sony Music during a time when the mobile network has squared off with songwriters over royalty payments. [f24]
Did Pope John Paul II Have A Secret Lover? – A stash of secret letters between Pope John Paul II and a married woman hint at a relationship that was more than a little friendly. [db]
Cricket SA Accepts Dan Retief’s Apology – Retief sent out a message on Twitter on the Proteas vs England game, which has been labelled racist. [ewn]
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Donald Trump Threatens Third-Party Run – Donald Trump threatened Monday to renege on his pledge to not run as independent, saying that the Republican establishment was not holding up its end of a deal. [nydn]
Jan Smuts Just Like Rhodes – UCT Students – A small group of protesting University of Cape Town students spray painted the busts of General Jan Smuts and Maria Emmeline Barnard Fuller red on Monday, saying they did not want to see the painful symbols of white colonial repression. [tlive]
Generations / Tsotsi Star ‘Critical’ After Car Crash – South African actor Rapulana Seiphemo has been critically injured in a car accident near Diepsloot, North of Johannesburg, which occured on Sunday night. [enca]
‘Laser Beam Incident’ Forces New York-Bound Flight To Return To London – A New York-bound passenger jet was forced to return to London’s Heathrow airport tonight as a precautionary measure after an apparent laser beam incident, officials said. [abc]
Reward Of R50 000 Offered For Cape Metro Cop Killers – A reward of R50 000 is being offered for information on the two men involved in the murder of a 53-year-old Metro Police officer killed in Cape Town on Monday. [n24]
Martin Shkreli Claims He Lost $15m From Fake Sale Of Kanye West’s New Album – Martin Shkreli claims that he has been swindled out of $15m after attempting to buy the exclusive rights to Kanye West’s new album ‘The Life of Pablo’. [nme]
China Bought Nearly Half Of The World’s Luxury Goods Last Year – This translates to 46% of the global volume of high-end goods, which includes branded leather goods, cosmetics and electronics, according to consultants at Beijing-based Fortune Character Group, which derived these figures from the revenues of some 20,000 brands. [mash]
Lauryn Hill Cancels 2016 Grammys Performance – After Lauryn Hill was expected to swoop in on The Weeknd’s performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15), the singer failed to appear on-stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center due to its “last minute nature.” [bb]
Rihanna Has Just Cancelled Her Grammy Performance – The singer arrived at the Staples Center but did not walk the red carpet. She went to rehearsals and left. [tmz]
Donald Trump’s Daughter, Tiffany, Walks In First New York Fashion Week Show – Family fashion dynasties are ruling the modeling world right now — Cindy Crawford and her mini-me Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner and her front-row-sitting family — and now Donald Trump’s daughter is following in her step-sister Ivanka’s fashionable ways. [people]
Tom Cruise’s Face At BAFTAs Prompts Rampant Twitter Reaction, Speculation – Tom Cruise hit the red carpet at the 2016 BAFTA Film Awards in London this past weekend, and Twitter went wild over the actor’s face. [usm]
Taylor Swift’s Brother Throws Yeezy Shoes in Trash After Kanye West Raps About Sex With Her – Getting off on the wrong foot! After Kanye West unveiled a song off his new album, The Life of Pablo, on Thursday, February 11, in which he rapped about having sex with Taylor Swift, the singer’s brother, Austin, posted a video to Instagram of himself throwing out his Yeezy sneakers. [usm]
Lady Gaga’s Tribute To David Bowie At The Grammys Was Wildly Entertaining – Lady Gaga’s much anticipated tribute to the life and music of the late David Bowie at the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night was just as wild and fun as everyone was hoping it would be. [huff]
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