U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple – The Justice Department said on Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel the tech company to assist in a mass-shooting investigation. [nyt]
70 Confirmed Dead In Suicide Bombing Outside Park In Lahore, Pakistan – A suspected suicide bomber has killed 70 people – mostly women and children – near a fairground in Lahore, Pakistan. They targeted the site while many Christian families gathered to celebrate Easter at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, close to a children’s play area. [metro]
Pakistani Taliban Faction Claims Easter Park Bombing – A bombing on Easter Sunday killed 65 people in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that was crowded with Christians, including many children. A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group claimed responsibility. [ap]
Elton John Sued For Sexual Battery By Former Security Guard – Elton John has been sued for sexual harassment, sexual battery and battery by his former security guard. [mash]
The ‘Gupta Owned’ State Enterprises – Probe reveals an extraordinary network of contacts close to the family that dominates the boards of SA’s two largest parastatals, Eskom and Transnet. [mg]
Pray For Us As Leaders – Zuma – President Jacob Zuma on Friday called on Christians to pray for politicians, as the devil was trying to interfere with their work. [n24]
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Scare On FlySafair As Tyre Shredded – Passengers aboard a FlySafair flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Sunday experienced a tumultuous landing after one of the wheels on the plane was found to be shredded. [tlive]
Mexicans Burn Donald Trump In Effigy During Easter Ritual – Mexicans torched a Donald Trump effigy and cheered as the replica of the Republican presidential front runner exploded during its annual burning of the Judas festival on Saturday. [time]
Suspected Money Launderer For Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Detained In Mexico – He allegedly has ties to an international money-laundering network that spans Mexico, Colombia, Panama and the United States. [huff]
Brussels Bombings: ‘Man In The Hat’ Suspect Released After Being Wrongly Identified Video – The man, named by Belgian officials and media as freelance journalist Faycal Cheffou, was released on Monday [local time]. He had been charged with terrorism offences and murder three days earlier. [stuff]
Japan Slaughtered 333 Whales In ‘Scientific’ Expedition – Four ships from Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research have returned to their home port after a “scientific” expedition to the Antarctic region. The fleet claims to have captured 333 minke whales — including pregnant females — in blatant disregard of an international ruling. [giz]
Eskom’s Price Hike Comes Into Effect This Friday – The power utility says unless there’s a legal order to stop it, the hike comes into effect on Friday. [ewn]
Islamic State Dealt Hefty Body Blow With Death Of Top Aide: Officials – Islamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose overview of the group’s finances, politics and administration was unmatched, Iraqi and U.S. sources said. [reuters]
Fidel Castro To Obama: We Don’t Need Your ‘Presents’ – Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.” [washpo]
North Korea Threatens To Attack South Korea Over A Reported Plot To Kill Kim Jong-Un – The North Korean government has said it will attack Seoul unless their government executes the South Korean officials it claims are behind a plot to assassinate Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. [ibt]
Trump Tombstone Found In Central Park – An apparent tombstone left for Donald Trump has been removed from Central Park after it was spotted by passersby this weekend. [abc]
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Lion On The Loose In Beaufort West – A search is under way in Beaufort West for a lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park, the South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday. [n24]
US Powerball Draw Quietly Sitting On R1.8 Billion Jackpot – Tickets Here – That’s happening tomorrow night and you can buy tickets from anywhere in the world. The US Powerball is one of the biggest, with tomorrow night’s draw ditting on $116 million. That should stop those pesky text messages to top up your credit card! [tickets]
American Airlines Co-Pilot Detained At Detroit Airport After Suspected Of Being Drunk – An American Airlines co-pilot was detained at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after he was suspected of being drunk, federal authorities said Saturday. [fox]
It’s A Boy! Ivanka Trump Gives Birth To Third Child – Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, has given birth to a baby boy, she announced via Twitter Sunday. [usat]
Jessica Lowndes, Jon Lovitz Faked Their Relationship – To Promote Her Bizarre, NSFW Music Video — Watch It Here [usm]
Mother-Of-Three Missing For 42 Years Found Alive And Well After Decades Hiding From Family – Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, now 69, found living in Texas four decades after she fled home believing she was too young to be a mother. [ind]
Robert De Niro Pulls Controversial Film, ‘Vaxxed,’ From Tribeca Film Festival After Backlash – Celebrated actor Robert De Niro is removing a controversial film about vaccines and autism from the lineup of his upcoming Tribeca Film Festival after tremendous backlash on social media. [abc]
US Hate-Watched Batman v Superman To A Monster Open – America, it seems, loves a good trainwreck as long as it’s pretty, and droves of moviegoers turned out to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice the sixth best opening weekend ever, and the biggest ever for March, besting even the Hunger Games. [newser]
Mariah Carey Cancels Birthday Concert In Brussels Amid Security Fears – The singer was planning to perform at the Forest National arena on Sunday, despite warnings following the terrorist attacks which rocked the city on Tuesday. [ind]
The Rolling Stones Rock Cuba – Historians hailed U.S. President Obama’s visit to Cuba as the beginning of a new relationship between the two countries. But for hundreds of thousands of Cubans, the real thrill this week was the visit of some prominent Brits: The Rolling Stones. [npr]
The Rolling Stones ‘landmark’ Cuba concert wasn’t that historic, say Manic Street Preachers – ‘Had the strangest of dreams last night – I was playing a free gig in Havana, Cuba at the Karl Marx Theatre 15 years ago’ [ind]
Axl Rose Spotted At Same Studio As AC/DC Amid Rumours He Will Join Band Get Tickets – Axl Rose has been photographed leaving a studio space where members of AC/DC have been rehearsing, fuelling speculation that he will tour with the classic rock group. [nme]
Garry Shandling’s Friends Play A Basketball Game As A Final Goodbye – Last week, actor and comedian Garry Shandling died suddenly after a heart attack at the age of 66. Shandling had a long-standing tradition of hosting pickup basketball games at his house, and over the weekend, some of his many Hollywood friends gathered to celebrate his life with one last game at his residence. [tvg]
Alaska Volcano Propels Ash More Than 20,000 Feet Into The Air – A volcano in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands erupted on Sunday, tossing ash at least 20,000 feet into the air and prompting aviation alerts. [mash]
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