Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s Ex-President Jailed Over Illegal Campaign Financing – Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Thursday sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of illegally financing his 2012 election campaign. [euro]
Mass Gatherings Allowed As Ramaphosa Moves SA Moves Back To Lockdown Level 1 – The last time SA was under level 1 was between March and May this year. [tlive]
Japan’s Princess Mako To Marry Fiancé Kei Komuro This Month – After years of controversy, Japan’s Princess Mako will marry her former classmate, a commoner, this month – thus giving up her royal status. [bbc]
‘It Is A Circus’: Philippines Election Season Gets Under Way – Frontrunners to succeed president Rodrigo Duterte in May vote include his daughter and Ferdinand Marcos’s son, with boxing star Manny Pacquia also in mix. [guardian]
As Dutch Prime Minister Gets Extra Security, Fears Focus On Drug Gangs – Signs of concern for the country’s leader have rattled many in the Netherlands, but experts are split on whether criminal organizations there would really risk targeting politicians. [nyt]
Current And Ex-Blue Origin Workers Claim Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Company’s Culture Is ‘Toxic’ – Nearly two dozen current and former employees including the company’s former head of employee communications allege billionaire Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin has a toxic workplace. [usat]
Nazi War Crimes Suspect, 96, Caught After Fleeing Trial – A 96-year-old German woman was caught hours after failing to turn up for her trial on Thursday on charges of aiding and abetting mass murder in a Nazi concentration camp during World War Two, a court spokesperson said. [reuters]
Australia Reveals Plan To Reopen International Borders To Fully Vaccinated Citizens – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, October 1 announced plans to reopen the country’s borders to fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents, moving from a strict zero-Covid strategy to a model of living with the virus. [cnn]
TikToker Gabriel Salazar Died In Fiery Car Crash After Police Chase, Report Says – Death not officially confirmed, but friends of social media star say he died in accident in San Antonio, Texas. [ind]
WATCH | Malawi’s Ex-Deputy Speaker Shoots Himself Dead In Parliament – A former deputy speaker in Malawi has shot himself dead inside parliament in the capital, Lilongwe, authorities said. [n24]
Lord Peter Hain Tells UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson That Keeping South Africa On The Covid Red List Is ‘Preposterous’ – Lord Peter Hain has added his voice to calls for the UK to remove South Africa from its Covid-19 red list, telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson the classification has no scientific basis. [dmav]
The Top Four Issues Facing The Future Of eVTOLs – Industry experts and policymakers unite to help shape the future of air travel. [flying]
Blue Origin ‘Gambled’ With Its Moon Lander Pricing, NASA Says In Legal Documents – Blue Origin is backed by the world’s richest man — why didn’t it just offer NASA a cheaper lunar lander? [verge]
What These Common Skin Conditions Tell Us About Your Overall Health – As your body’s dashboard, your skin is also constantly trying to communicate with you from the inside out. When our skin is at its worst it could be trying to send a message. [here]
Macy’s Sues To Stop Amazon Using Famous New York Billboard – Two of the biggest names in US retail may be about to lock horns over a prime bit of advertising space in New York. [bbc]
Eminem Served Pasta To Guests At His Restaurant Opening – Eminem surprised guests by serving up pasta at the grand opening of his Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant in downtown Detroit on Wednesday. [cnn]
Scarlett Johansson, Disney Settle Explosive ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit – The settlement ends a back-and-forth PR battle pitting the CAA-repped star against the studio that was poised to have dramatic implications for all of Hollywood’s majors. [hollyrep]
Billionaire John Paulson And New Girlfriend Spotted On Italian Getaway – Billionaire John Paulson has whisked his much-younger girlfriend to the romantic shores of Lake Como, Italy, just days after filing for divorce from his wife Jenny. [p6] Jenny won’t like this new lady.
Matthew Perry Looks Worse For Wear – As he puffs on cigarette during spin through LA in first sighting since Friends reunion. [dm]
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