Saturday, 24 May 2014

Police look into Pamela Anderson rape allegations

Ottawa - Canadian federal police said Thursday they hope to investigate actress Pamela Anderson's recent allegations of childhood rape, and have reached out to her for details.
Anderson alleged at a press conference in Cannes, France last Friday that she had been sexually abused while growing up on Vancouver Island in westernmost Canada from the age of six until her teens at the hands of a babysitter, a boyfriend and others.

Sharon Osbourne says Justin Bieber 'needs a good slap'

Los Angeles - Sharon Osbourne thinks Justin Bieber "needs a good slap".

The outspoken music manager - who has managed her rock star husband Ozzy Osbourne for over 30 years - thinks the troubled pop star is surrounded by the wrong people, who constantly allow him to get away with behaving badly.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Pamela Anderson's mother shocked by daughter's dark secret

Los Angeles - Pamela Anderson's mother had no idea the actress was molested and raped as a child.

The former Baywatch actress insisted she didn't blame her parents for failing to protect her when she opened up about being abused for the first time at the Cannes International Film Festival last Friday, but Carol Anderson says her daughter's revelations came as "a complete shock".

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Michael Jace officially charged with killing wife

Los Angeles  - US film and television actor Michael Jace was charged Thursday with shooting dead his wife during an argument at their Los Angeles home, prosecutors said.

The 51-year-old, famous for the police drama series The Shield but who also had big-screen parts including in Forrest Gump, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, when he allegedly confessed to police.

Banky W urge celebrities to vote right in 2015

Lagos -  A popular musician, Banky W, on Thursday advised celebrities to support candidates that had the interest of the people at heart during the coming general elections.

Banky W said that celebrities were opinion molders and had followers who they could influence to vote during elections.

Brand new meteor shower debut

A meteor streaks across the sky against a field of stars during a meteor shower near Grazalema, Spain. (Jorge Guerrero, AFP, file)Cape  Canaveral - There's a new meteor shower and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.

Tech firms pull support for NSA reform bill

US President Barack Obama (Yuri Gripas, AFP)Washington - US lawmakers vote on Thursday on legislation reforming controversial bulk data collection laws, but major tech firms like Google and civil liberties groups withdrew their support after the Obama administration demanded key changes.

Pizza flies off shelves in drones

Mumbai - They come topped with pepperoni, chicken tikka or vegetarian. But a flying variety may soon be found on Indian pizza menus, after an outlet in Mumbai said it had successfully delivered by drone.

145 million eBay users at risk from breach

eBay has been breached. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)New York - US online giant eBay said on Thursday the number of users potentially affected by a massive data breach could be as many as 145 million.

Warning... eBay hacked - change your password

San Francisco - Online auction house eBay asked millions of users on Wednesday to change their passwords after a cyber-attack exposed its database to hackers.

Google gets hit with take-down requests

Google. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)San Francisco - Google is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe's top court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten", a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

PlayStation 4 leads jump in US console sales

A controller for the new PlayStation 4 is on display at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles (Jae C Hong, AP)San Francisco - Sony's PlayStation 4 led a surge in console sales that lifted the US video game market in April, said figures released on Thursday by market research firm NPD Group.

Woman found 10yrs after kidnapping, police say

Isidro Garcia. (File, AP)Santa Ana - A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.

China recovers Russia rocket debris

Rocket launch. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, AFP, file)Beijing - Objects that crashed to the ground in China have been identified as space debris, state media reported, after a Russian rocket carrying a communications satellite fell back to Earth minutes after lift-off.

Google faces Europe anti-trust probe

A Google logo is seen on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels. (Georges Gobet, AFP)Paris - The Open Internet Project, which includes 400 players in Europe's digital markets, lodged a complaint with the European Commission on Thursday against what it alleges are new anti-competitive abuses by Google
In a submission, the group accused the US internet giant of abusing its "insurmountable" 90% market share to abuse competitors and illegally using data to squeeze out rivals.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

China rules out Windows 8 for its computers

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)Beijing - China's government says it will avoid buying computer equipment that runs on Windows 8 in a setback for Microsoft's efforts to promote the operating system.

Australia PM faces fierce backlash over radio wink

(SkyNews, Youtube)Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday expressed regret at winking during a testy radio chat with a pensioner who works on a sex phone line, as he battled a fierce backlash.

Snippet: Rapper Wale’s duet with Olamide

Lagos - It is no longer news that American rapper, Wale, will be visiting Nigeria at the end of May, what should excite rap heads, at both end of the seas, is his collaboration with Olamide.

An Instagram picture of the duo was put up by Wale a while back, and now a snippet from their soon to be released song has been uploaded on Instagram by both artists

 The Maybach Music Group rapper wrote on his Instagram page on Tuesday". ‘Me and @Kingbaddo droppin somethin soon.”

Underwater MH370 search resumes

(Picture: AP)Sydney -A mini-sub searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 recommenced its operations on Thursday after technical problems, as it enters its final week of scouring the Indian Ocean seabed for signs of the aircraft.

Flaming mystery object falls from sky

Sydney - Residents of north-eastern Australia have reported seeing a flaming object plummeting to Earth, police said on Friday, adding that the incident remains a mystery as no evidence of a crash has been found.

Nasa's planet-hunting Kepler telescope given new mission

(<a href=”http://www.shutterstock.com”>Shutterstock</a>)Cape Canaveral - Nasa plans to revive its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope for a new mission after a positioning system problem sidelined the observatory last year, officials said on Friday.
The telescope was launched in 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets suitably positioned around their parent stars for liquid water, a condition believed necessary for life.

Twitter eyes SoundCloud - report

(Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)Washington - Twitter is mulling plans to buy the German-based music-sharing service SoundCloud to fuel growth at the social network, the news site Re/code reported on Monday.

Apple dethroned as global brand king

Apple.Cape Town - Apple has been dethroned as the world's most valuable brand as the company battles declining market share and a perception that it cannot deliver innovative products without former CEO, Steve Jobs.

Facebook giving smartphone app an ear for music

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said its mobile application will be getting an ear for music, as well as for film or television show sound tracks.
A feature being added in coming weeks to Facebook in the US on smartphones or tablets powered by Apple or Android software is intended to recognize songs, shows or movies based on listening, according to product manager Aryeh Selekman.

Hackers charged for targeting Australia, Indonesia

( Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP)Sydney - Two alleged members of international hacker group Anonymous were charged by Australian authorities on Thursday with targeting local and Indonesian government websites.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Priest lovers ask Pope to end celibacy rule

Pope Francis. (File, AFP)Rome - A group of secret lovers of Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to end the Church's rule on celibacy for the clergy, an Italian newspaper reported Sunday.

Flooding threatens Serbia power plants, 37 dead

(File, AFP)Kostolac - Soldiers, police and villagers battled to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters on Sunday as the death toll from the Balkan region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 37.

84-year-old could face firing squad in Bali

Denpasar - An 84-year-old man could face death by firing squad for smuggling crystal methamphetamine worth more than $400 000 into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an official said on Monday.

US urges 'immediate' release of Mali hostages

(File)Washington - The United States called for restraint and the "immediate" release of hostages on Sunday in Mali, where clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead in the north.

'New era' for India after Modi victory

New Delhi  -India's triumphant Hindu nationalists declared "the start of a new era" in the world's biggest democracy Friday as the ruling Congress conceded defeat in elections that exposed anger about sickly economic growth and rampant corruption.
Preliminary results at the climax of the marathon six-week election showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its hardline leader Narendra Modi on track for the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years.

Fire delays Turkish mine rescue work

(Bulent Kilic, AFP)Soma - A fire broke out on Saturday in part of a mine where nearly 300 miners were killed in Turkey's worst ever industrial disaster, hindering efforts to find up to three remaining workers believed to be still underground, the country's energy minister said.

New Zealand cat brings drugs home

Wellington - Police in southern New Zealand were left scratching their heads after a cat in the city of Dunedin deposited a five-gram bag of cannabis at its owner's house, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

China detains man in online 'rumour' crackdown

China has detained a man for posting content on the internet. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)Beijing - China has detained a man for "publishing false stories" on an overseas news portal alleging gross rights abuses, police said on Tuesday, the latest step in a wide-ranging crackdown on "internet rumours".

Samsung says sorry to chip workers

Samsung.Seoul - South Korean technology giant Samsung on Wednesday apologized to employees who say they suffered cancer as a result of chemical exposure in its chip factories.

Russia may stop US rides to ISS

The Soyuz TMA-04M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying three crew to the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls, Nasa, AP)Moscow - A Russian and an American returned to Earth on Wednesday with their Japanese commander aboard a Soyuz capsule in the first such landing since Moscow's ties with the West imploded over Ukraine.

Google gets hit with take-down requests

Google. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
San Francisco - Google is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe's top court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten", a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Google faces Europe anti-trust probe

A Google logo is seen on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels. (Georges Gobet, AFP)Paris - The Open Internet Project, which includes 400 players in Europe's digital markets, lodged a complaint with the European Commission on Thursday against what it alleges are new anti-competitive abuses by Google
In a submission, the group accused the US internet giant of abusing its "insurmountable" 90% market share to abuse competitors and illegally using data to squeeze out rivals.

PlayStation 4 leads jump in US console sales

A controller for the new PlayStation 4 is on display at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles (Jae C Hong, AP)
San Francisco - Sony's PlayStation 4 led a surge in console sales that lifted the US video game market in April, said figures released on Thursday by market research firm NPD Group.

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

(Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP)
San Francisco - The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Iran recruiting Afghans to fight in Syria - report

Washington - Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Thursday.

In exchange, Iran is offering them stipends of $500 a month and residency permits, the paper said, quoting Afghans and Western officials.

Shi’ite Muslim Iran is a key ally of President Bashar Assad in the three-year-old war against mainly Sunni Muslim insurgents seeking to oust him.

Kim Kardashian is furious with Joan Rivers!

Los Angeles - Kim Kardashian is still furious with Joan Rivers for calling her daughter "ugly".

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who is set to wed rapper Kanye West in a $400 000 ceremony on 24 May, and her younger sister Khloé Kardashian reportedly refused to sit beside the Fashion Police host at the NBC Upfronts event in New York City on Thursday night because they are fed up of her mocking their family on the E! series, including 11-month-old North.

A source told UsMagazine.com: "Khloé and Kim were seated next to Joan Rivers, but they had them move her.

"Kim and Khloe both don't want drama and can't fake it anymore with Joan, so they asked the staff to keep them separate.

All eyes on Pope's Israel visit

Pope Francis. (File, AFP)Jerusalem - When Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land he will step into a political powder keg, with Israelis and Palestinians seeking to chalk up political points from his visit.

NSA's future 'safe' in Admiral's hands

Screen grab of Director Mike Rogers. (YouTube)
Washington - As US National Security Agency director Mike Rogers seeks to repair the damage to the agency caused by leaks about its electronic spying programmes, the abuses of government revealed in the wake of the Watergate scandal are very much on his mind.

Manslaughter charges filed over Turkey mine disaster

Turkish riot policemen arrest a protester in Ankara, during a demonstration gathering hundreds after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a mine. (Adem Altan, AFP)Soma - Turkish prosecutors on Sunday charged three people with reckless manslaughter over a mining disaster that left 301 dead and sparked fury at the government and company officials.

Oprah Winfrey sued by nuclear physicist over a plot of land

Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey is being sued by a nuclear physicist.

Charles D Goodman, an 86-year-old scientist, has filed a lawsuit in San Miguel County District Court against the media mogul, arguing that a plot of land she purchased near Telluride, south-west Colorado, denies people access to public trails.

New e-card to empower Lagos students

Abuja - The Yaba Local Council Development Area in Lagos State has introduced the use electronic learning cards for students in an effort to improving information technology education in the region.

The initiative, branded Yaba E-Learning Empowerment Card, is an internet-based educational solution that will give students in primary, secondary and post-secondary levels an opportunity to access examination past questions and address problems that are usually associated with failure in examinations.

Kimye to wed in France, party in Italy

Rome - Hip hop star Kanye West and reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian are to marry in a chateau near Paris next Saturday, Italian media reported, before heading to Florence where their party plans have raised some eyebrows.

Boko Haram plans to abduct boys to marry abducted girls


Makurdi – The Principal of Government College, Makurdi, Mr Godfrey Ugudu, on Saturday said the school had received letter from Boko Haram sect threatening to attack the school.
Ugudu, who announced this at a news conference in Makurdi on Saturday, added that the school received two letters which had the same content on May 14.

Nigerian girls' village 'too unsafe' for Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan (File: AP)Cape Town - The cancellation of President Goodluck Jonathan's first trip to the village from which more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped has reportedly infuriated the girls' relatives.

Justin Bieber is being sued by yet another photographer for yet another 'incident'

Los Angeles - Justin Bieber is being sued by a photographer who says his bodyguard locked him in a restaurant.

Manuel Munoz claims in a new lawsuit that he was taking pictures of the Believe hitmaker as he left the SET Nightclub in Miami Beach in January - hours before the singer was stopped by police for drag racing and alleged driving under the influence (DUI) - and was chased by the 20-year-old star's minder Dwayne Patterson into a nearby Subway eatery.

Missing girls: Nigeria took too long to act, says US

A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)
Washington - A top US defence department official on Thursday said Nigeria had been too slow to respond to the threat of Boko Haram but Washington is committed to helping fight the Islamist militants and rescue over 200 girls seized from their school a month ago.

Jonathan: Boko Haram West Africa's al-Qaeda

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFPParis - Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls, is no longer a local threat but has become West Africa's al-Qaeda, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday.

Declaration of war on Boko Haram 'a game changer'

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFPLagos - The declaration of “war” on Boko Haram extremists by African leaders at a security summit in Paris is a major step to tackle the regional threat posed by the group as well as help end the insurgency if properly implemented, analysts say.

"It's a good thing that the leaders have agreed to work together to fight Boko Haram," said Nwolise Osisioma, a professor and head of political science and international relation at the University of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria.

Abducted schoolgirls: UN pledges support

Abuja - The UN has promised a support package to ensure the release of the abducted schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State and to deal with the larger issues arising from the abduction.

Said Djinnit, UN Secretary General Special Representative on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls, disclosed this during consultations with the Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Abduction.

A statement issued on Sunday by the spokesperson of the Presidential Committee, Kingsley Osadolor, stated that the UN promised to go beyond the outrage and global condemnation of the abduction.

The statement quoted the UN as promising to assist the Fact-finding Committee with the UN wide-ranging expertise and experience in fact-finding missions.

Djinnit, an Algerian and also the UN Secretary General Special Representative (Political) for West Africa said that the UN cared about Nigeria.

The statement further quoted Djinnit as saying, "the UN will highly support the multi-dimensional approach of President Goodluck Jonathan in solving the problems in the North-East of the country.

'Stop calling Boko Haram Islamic group'

Ibadan - The Chief  Imam of Lead City University, Ibadan, Abdulrahman Muhammed-Liawal, on Sunday urged the media to stop referring to the Boko Haram sect as an Islamic group.

Muhammed-Liawal made the plea in Ibadan at a programme organised by the Muslim community of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, with the theme: "Islam and the Media."

Why I did not go to Chibok - Jonathan

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has explained that it was not necessary for him to visit Chibok in Borno, as it would not lead to the release of the over 200 school girls abducted in April.

The President, who gave the explanation on Saturday at a press conference in Paris, France, said that his main interest was to locate and rescue the girls.

The text of the press conference held at Elysee Palace, at the close of the regional summit on security in Nigeria.

The President of Nigeria further explained that he was not averse to visiting bomb explosion sites, as he had done so in the past.

"These girls are not held in Chibok. Sometime, people want the President to go to Chibok.

Harrison Ford approached for Blade Runner sequel

Los Angeles - Harrison Ford has been approached to appear in a sequel to Blade Runner.

The 71-year-old action movie star is being sought to reprise his role as bounty hunter Rick Deckhard in a sequel to the sci-fi classic, originally released in 1982.

Already on board with the project are Ridley Scott, who directed the original movie, and Hampton Fancher, who adapted the screenplay from Philip K. Dick's book 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

Flaming mystery object falls from sky

Sydney - Residents of north-eastern Australia have reported seeing a flaming object plummeting to Earth, police said on Friday, adding that the incident remains a mystery as no evidence of a crash has been found.

Nasa's planet-hunting Kepler telescope given new mission

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Cape Canaveral - Nasa plans to revive its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope for a new mission after a positioning system problem sidelined the observatory last year, officials said on Friday.
The telescope was launched in 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets suitably positioned around their parent stars for liquid water, a condition believed necessary for life.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Britney Spears offered $12m to extend her Las Vegas residency

Los Angeles - Britney Spears is close to extending her Las Vegas residency.

The Perfume singer, whose show Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been a huge success, has reportedly been offered $12m to continue performing until 2016.

According to New York Daily News, the pop star is close to securing a deal with Ceasers Entertainment, the parent company of Planet Hollywood, to stay on at the venue.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Jermaine Jackson not happy about new Michael Jackson songs

Los Angeles - Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine isn't happy about the singer's music being released after his death.

The 59-year-old singer and bass guitarist admits he has heard a few tracks from the new album, Xscape, which features unheard songs from the late King of Pop, but wishes the Jackson brothers had been given the opportunity to work on the album.

Taking control of your dreams

(<a href=”http://www.shutterstock.com”>Shutterstock</a>)New York - Night time dreams in which you show up at work naked, encounter an ax-wielding psychopath or experience other tribulations may become a thing of the past thanks to a discovery reported on Sunday.

Music apps for runners - beats in step

Toronto - Runners who listen to music while exercising can turn to new apps that match the beats to their steps, which app makers claim can increase enjoyment of the sport.

Richard Branson to build supersonic planes

Richard Branson. (Reed Saxon, AP)Cape Town – Sir Richard Branson is planning to create supersonic planes, that will be able to transport passengers from New York to Tokyo within one hour.

The planes will fly at a speed of 30 577km/h according to Branson

Man held for hijacking bus with scissors

(File)Tokyo - Japanese police arrested a 45-year-old man on charges of taking a bus driver and passengers hostage with scissors on Monday in south-western Japan, reports said.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Cameroonian Islamic leaders urge local Muslims not to marry abducted school girls


altCAMEROONIAN Muslim leaders have appealed to their followers across the country not to marry any of the schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria if offered to them as brides by Boko Haram terrorists.

On April 14, Boko Haram abducted 234 girls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State and their leader, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau has since offered to sell them off as brides. Under strict Islamic law, women captured during jihads can be sold off as brides or sex slaves for a price, which at today's prices equates to about $12 per person.

Rumours are rife that the abducted girls have been moved across Nigeria's borders to Cameroon, Chad and Niger where they are being offered to potential husbands. Cameroonian government officials have denied this and now Islamic cleric across the country have appealed to their followers to reject any bridals offers made to them by Boko Haram.

Cameroonian Muslim leader Nchotu Soule, has said that anyone seen acting suspiciously with a girl should be reported to the authorities. He added: “The prophet Mohammed insists that Islam is a religion of peace.

"Any true faithful of Islam will want to reject anything that comes from the Boko Haram. They are using our Muslim brothers here to be able to carry out their activities.”

Issa Tchiroma Bakari, Cameroon’s communications minister, said he was shocked by accusations that Cameroon was not collaborating with Nigeria to free the girls from their captors. He added that Cameroon was a victim of what he called rather unfortunate and heinous crimes’ in Nigeria.

Mr Bakari said: “We insist that allegations from Nigeria that a part of the 200 young female students recently kidnapped in the northeast of Nigeria would have been transferred to Cameroon to be forced into marriage to members of the Boko Haram sect are fully unfounded. Cameroon will never ever serve as a support base for destabilisation activities towards other countries.”

Will.i.am on a Twitter rant after airport lounge ejection

Los Angeles - Will.i.am was left embarrassed after being kicked out of a first class lounge at an airport last week.

The Black Eyed Peas star posted a series of tweets hitting out at United Airlines after being told to leave a VIP lounge because staff thought he had a fake membership card.

US Marines carry out first arrests of two Boko Haram members in Benue State


altUS Marines currently in Nigeria to help the government combat Boko Haram terrorists have made their first arrests taking two male suspects into custody after they were found in possession of arms and ammunition during a targeted search.

Over the last week, US Marines have arrived in Nigeria to help with the fight against terrorism after Boko Haram took their war of terror to another level by abducting 234 pupils from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State. Acknowledging that the matter was getting beyond its control, the Nigerian government swallowed its pride and accepted outside help.

With the abduction coming at a time when Nigeria is hosting World Economic Forum on Africa and inbetween two horrific bomb blasts in Abuja, there has been a lot of international offer of support. France, the UK, the US and China have all offered differing degrees of support in the form of intelligence, training and military assistance.

Since Wednesday, US troops have arrived in Nigeria where they are providing security for the WEF summit on Africa. It is expected that the Marines will also join Nigerian soldiers in pursuing Boko Haram into the Sambisa Forest in Borno State where they are believed to have spirited the kidnapped girls to.

According to Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's director of defence in­formation, two suspected Boko Haram members were arrested at Any­ibe in Logo Local Gov­ernment Area of Benue State. He added that the duo, made up of a teenager and an elderly man, were arrested during a cordon-and-search operation and found to be in possession of firearms.

Weapons found in their possession included two rifles, three locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition. Apparently, the arms were found in the possession of the teenager he is currently undergoing interrogation in custody.

US marines are highly specialised soldiers who have been deployed effectively in areas affected by serious conflict and terrorism such as Afghanistan and Iraq. It is not yet clear how many Marines will be deployed to Nigeria as part of the current operation or if they will establish a base in Borno State.

Video: Beyoncé’s sister attacks Jay Z in elevator!

Los Angeles - Beyoncé's sister viciously attacked Jay Z at the Met Gala after-party in New York City last Monday.

Solange Knowles was caught on surveillance lashing out at the rapper, 44, in an elevator as they left the glamorous bash held in the Boom Boom Room at The Standard Hotel.

Self-Described 'Med School Virgin' Hanna Kern Calls Off Auction After Dubious $801,000 Bid

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A medical school student who was auctioning off her virginity has called off the stunt, after receiving few legitimate bids, according to the Daily Mail.
Between March 31 and May 7, Hanna Kern had been auctioning off her virginity under the name of "Elizabeth Raine," the paper's website reports.
Kern is a 28-year-old double Ph.D./ M.D. student at the University of Washington, according to the Daily Mail. The Huffington Post has verified her identity with documents supplied by Kern.
Kern becomes the latest in several recent online virginity auctions that have ended in a fiasco, and she says she has learned from her experience.

Mother identifies daughter on video of abducted schoolgirls

Abuja - A mother of an abducted schoolgirl has identified her daughter in a video posted by rebels that showed dozens of girls in captivity, a school leader said on Tuesday.

The mother watched the video on television on Monday evening and spotted her daughter among the girls sitting on the ground and wearing veils, said Dumoma Mpur, parent-teachers association chairman at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibo.

The political correctness of art

Dakar - Art often speaks in political tones, aside its aesthetics, and this was brought to fore during the presentation of Mirjam Westen, a curator of the Museum Arnhem in the Netherlands at the round table sessions.

In her presentation titled “Arts and Politics,” the curator said that as a curator and writer, she always looks for ways to address and investigate problematic issues in society through her engagement at the museum.

Mars mission scientist Colin Pillinger dies

Colin Pillinger. (Jim Watson, AFP)London - British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, died on Thursday at the age of 70, his family said.

The Dakar Biennale turns a fresh page

Dakar - The 2014 Dakar art Biennale has veered off its beaten part to showcase the works of artists who have never taken part in the biannual art fiesta.

This edition is curated by three creative minds whose task included selecting from a list of these never seen before artists on a global scale.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Girls 'held near their school for 11 days'

People shout slogans during a rally calling on the Government to rescue the school girls kidnapped from the Chibok Government secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)Cape Town – Boko Haram reportedly held the more than 200 schoolgirls for 11 days near their school without the authorities intervening.

According to The Telegraph, relatives of the schoolgirls claimed that the teenagers languished in a camp just 30km from their village Chibok where they were abducted.