Rand Shoots To Four-Month High Against The Dollar – The rand has been trading at around R14,73 to the dollar, a remarkable improvement from December when it plunged against major currencies. [ewn]
Calls For Jacob Zuma To Resign After South Africa Court Ruling – The court ruling on Thursday that South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma has violated the constitution by not repaying taxpayers’ money used for non-security upgrades to his private home is the most damning indictment yet of a leader plagued by scandals. [it]
We Will Physically Stop Zuma From Speaking In Parliament – Malema – EFF leader Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma failed to defend the Constitution and should be recalled. [n24]
Cooperating Paris Terrorist Salah Abdeslam Will Be ISIS target No. 1 – “What Salah Abdeslam wants people to know is that he wishes to collaborate with the French authorities. These are his words and the words he wanted to be heard,” his defense lawyer, Cedric Moisse, told reporters in Brussels. [nyp]
Signs Of Backlash Against Donald Trump, Who Trails In Poll – The danger signs are mounting for Donald J. Trump in Wisconsin: Right-wing radio hosts are flaying him, Gov. Scott Walker and other elected Republicans have endorsed Senator Ted Cruz, and a new poll showed Mr. Cruz with a 10-percentage-point lead in the state before Tuesday’s primary. [nyt]
Heyneke Meyer Back As Bok Coach – In a major shock, Eyewitness News can reveal that the South African Rugby Union (Saru) is set to confirm that it’s to reappoint Heyneke Meyer as head coach of the Springboks. [ewn]
Tech Unicorn Slack Moves In On Australia – Slack has opened its Australian office as the internet chat service sets its sights on growing users in the Asia-Pacific region. [smh]
Madonsela Reveals She Is Being Investigated By The Hawks – “You do know I am being investigated with a potential of prosecution for holding this view that my powers are binding.” [tlive]
Rescuers Search Debris In Indian Overpass Collapse, 22 Dead – Using saws, small cranes and bare hands, rescuers searched for survivors early Friday under the crumbled concrete and twisted steel from an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, killing at least 22 people, police said. [abc]
Obama Danced With Playboy Model – What President Obama may not have known at the time is that Ms Godoy previously appeared on the July 2006 cover of Playboy, and was fully nude in an accompanying spread. [gawk]
Authorities In Monaco Raid Oil Firm HQ In Corruption Investigation – Monaco-based firm Unaoil is at the centre of British-led investigation into corruption implicating oil companies all over the world. [guardian]
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Swedish Police Dismiss Case Of The Revenge Fart – Swedish police have dismissed a case in which a woman alleged that a rejected and vindictive suitor intentionally broke wind as he stormed out of her apartment. [guardian]
Sylvester The Lion Has Been Captured – The South African National Parks (SANParks) search team has successfully darted Sylvester‚ the escaped lion from Karoo National Park‚ outside Beaufort West. [tlive]
Charlie Sheen Tapes Reveal Star Might Have Lied To Lovers About HIV Status – In the chilling tapes, recorded by a former lover, not only did Sheen, 50, admit to having unprotected sex with the woman after his HIV-positive diagnosis. But also, even more incredibly, she claimed he told her he was clean before they did the deed! [radar]
‘Comic Genius’ Ronnie Corbett Dies Aged 85 – Sir Bruce Forsyth tells Sky News that “a great big hole has been left in show business” after the death of Ronnie Corbett. [sky]
Ronnie Corbett Was To Be ‘Knighted’ In Queen’s Birthday Honours List This June – A small group of fellow comedians and celebrities are thought to have secretly led a campaign. [mir]
Has Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Turki Been Kidnapped? – The disinherited Saudi prince, who dared to criticize the corrupt and authoritarian regime back home, has gone missing. Has he been abducted by a vengeful state a second time? [beast]
CIA Left Explosive Material On Loudoun School Bus After Training Exercise – The CIA left “explosive training material” under the hood of a Loudoun County school bus after a training exercise last week, a bus that was used to ferry elementary and high school students to and from school on Monday and Tuesday with the material still sitting in the engine compartment, according to the CIA and Loudoun County officials. [washpo]
Amber Rose’s Emoji Line Directly Calls Out Bill Cosby – Another one of the characters on Rose’s MuvaMojis app highlights the model’s support of Kesha in her legal battle against Dr. Luke. [wrap]
Tesla Model 3 Announced: Release Set For 2017, Price Starts At $35,000 – After ten years of waiting, Tesla has revealed the Model 3, the vehicle that CEO Elon Musk hopes will take the electric car to the masses. [verge]
The Kardashian Report: Kylie Jenner and Her Lip Kit Broke Google – So much Kardashian news, so little time…Kylie Jenner documented her lip kit’s demolition of the internet on Snapchat as the lot of her coveted cosmetics line sold out in less than 20 minutes. [cb]
Kirill Shamalov Married Putin’s Daughter, Then Made A Fortune – With his secret wedding to Putin’s daughter and his financial good fortune, Kirill Shamalov encapsulates key aspects of today’s Russia. [huff]
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