Tuesday 12 December 2017

Judge's Porsche

Brazilian businessman Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, is on trial for insider trading
Brazilian businessman Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, is on trial for insider trading
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The Brazilian judge presiding over criminal proceedings against charismatic entrepreneur Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, was seen yesterday driving a Porsche belonging to the fallen tycoon that had been seized by the court.

Flavio Roberto de Souza, who is overseeing Batista's trial for insider trading, was seen driving the white Porsche Cayenne by reporters for Estado de Sao Paulo's news agency after a tip-off from Batista's lawyer.

N Korea's weapons

Pyongyang's scientists have succeeded in miniaturising nuclear warheads to enable them to be fitted to ballistic missiles, and the regime is likely to have a stockpile of 100 atomic weapons by 2020, according to the top North Korea analyst at Johns Hopkins University.

Joel Wit, who runs the respected 38 North website, told a seminar in Washington on Tuesday that Pyongyang is believed to already have an arsenal of between 10 and 16 nuclear weapons and that its technological prowess has advanced to the stage at which it no longer needs to carry out tell-tale nuclear tests.

Dyslexic terror

For Sarah Ericsson, her 21st birthday was one she will never forget after Swedish police showed up at her house. The officers arrived at Ms Ericsson's home after a passer-by contacted them believing that balloons in the window in the shape of a 21, which looked like 12 from the outside, spelt IS.

IS is one of the acronyms for the Islamic State, or Isil, terror group. The passer-by thought it had been put up by the extremist group's supporters. The Blekinge Institute of Technology student told the local newspaper she was not at home when the police arrived on Monday, but her boyfriend Fabian Akesson was.

He told the 'Kvallsposten' newspaper he saw police cars outside the house and three officers at the door.

Smoked Alaska

Alaska has become the third American state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, following in the steps of Colorado and Washington state - and soon to be joined by Oregon.

The changes in the remote frontier state's law come after voters in November narrowly approved a ballot measure making it legal to smoke, grow and own pot, though the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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