They Hurt Her So Bad – Franziska’s Devastated Dad – Two days after she was brutally murdered, Franziska Blöchliger’s heartbroken father described seeing his child’s broken body. [n24]
SA Placed On Review For Downgrade – Ratings agency Moody’s has placed South Africa on review for downgrade, which could lead to it being declared a junk country. [mg]
Maria Sharapova Lawyer Confident Of Ban Leniency: Report – Maria Sharapova’s lawyer is confident he can secure a lenient punishment for the Russian superstar who stunned international sport with her drug test failure confession. [ibn]
Gordhan Charms, But Investors Are Wary – South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan won applause for an impromptu London road show this week but left many global investors sceptical he could defend his country’s investment grade rating – or even stay in office. [iol]
Police Investigate Maties Student Rape – University of Stellenbosch’s management has confirmed police are investigating the rape of a student outside one of the campus residences. [ewn]
The Young, Unarmed Women Who Hunt SA’s Poachers – The Balule Reserve covers over 100,000 acres of wooded savannah in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is a vast, open space within the Greater Kruger National Park, home to some of the world’s most charismatic megafauna, including lions, elephants and the endangered white and black rhinoceroses. [wired]
Palace Files Complaint Over Report That Queen Elizabeth II Favors E.U. Exit – Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday that it had filed a formal complaint against The Sun, Britain’s biggest tabloid, after the newspaper reported that Queen Elizabeth II supported the country’s departure from the European Union. [nyt]
Baby Hidden In Bag On Air France Plane – Paris: French authorities have opened an investigation after a baby was found hidden in a bag belonging to a passenger on board an Air France plane. [smh]
Woman Caught Smuggling Cocaine In Breast Implants Into Germany – A 24-year-old Colombian woman was arrested at Frankfurt airport after she was found to be carrying 1kg of cocaine inside her breasts, German customs officials said on Wednesday. [stuff]
Record Number Of Rhinos Poached In 2015 – More than 1 300 rhinos were poached in Africa last year, a record since 2008 when South Africa banned trade in rhino horns, leading conservation body IUCN said on Wednesday. [iol]
Questions Raised Over Sudden Resignation Of US Volkswagen Chief Executive Michael Horn – Michael Horn, president and chief executive officer of US Volkswagen has resigned “effective immediately” although the German carmaker did not explain the reason for his departure. [ibt]
First US Chickens Hit SA Supermarkets – United States chicken imports hit South African supermarket shelves on Tuesday for the first time in 15-years, ending a protracted trade dispute and ensuring South Africa would continue to receive trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). [enca]
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Why Is America Using These Antique Planes To Fight ISIS? – The U.S. military is testing a dependable, rugged little vintage bomber as it battles elusive ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. [db]
Gawker Reveals Where It Drew The Line On Celebrity Sex Tapes – A former Gawker editor flippantly explained on the third day of testimony in Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit that he had a low bar for publishing graphic images and would even be willing to publish celebrity sex tapes of children. [huff]
Lego Says 2015 Was Its ‘Best Year Ever With Huge Sales Jump – Lego Group reported astounding revenue growth for 2015, up 25% from the prior year as it estimated the company’s popular construction sets and toys reached an estimated 100 million children. [fort]
Gun-Rights Advocate Shot In Back … By Her Four-Year-Old Son – Hours after gun-rights advocate Jamie Gilt bragged on Facebook that her four-year-old son “gets jacked up to target shoot”, the same child accidentally turned his mother into a target, shooting her in the back. [stuff]
Controversial Porn Actor James Deen Faces $77,875 Fine For Condom Violation – The actor’s company risked exposing performers to sexually transmitted infections by failing to provide condoms and vaccinations, says regulator. [guardian]
Eminem Is ‘Re-Issuing’ Slim Shady LP – On Cassette Tape – Eminem is ‘re-issuing’ his hit album The Slim Shady LP in an old school format according to a tweet he posted. The album originally hit store shelves in 1999 and was partly produced by the rapper’s pal Dr Dre. [metro]
Inside The Fifth Beatle’s Secret Recording Studio – Many music stars, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones, recorded songs and albums at George Martin’s recording studio on Montserrat, which today stands in disrepair. [beast]
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