Wednesday 19 June 2019

In brief: Blood diamond boss in court

THE former boss of Nelson Mandela's charity, who admitted accepting suspected blood diamonds from Naomi Campbell and failed to declare them, has appeared in court.

Jeremy Ractliffe (74) spoke briefly to confirm his name at Alexandra Magistrates' Court in Johannesburg. He has been charged with possessing uncut diamonds and is due to enter a plea to the charge on March 2.

'Hotel Rwanda' hero faces charge

Rwanda's top prosecutor says he may file charges against the man whose story was portrayed by Don Cheadle in the movie 'Hotel Rwanda'.

Martin Ngoga said Paul Rusesabagina had helped finance what Mr Ngoga called terrorist activities in Rwanda. Mr Rusesabagina said yesterday that Rwanda was undertaking a "smear campaign" against him because his foundation advocated for a reconciliation process in Rwanda.

Ex-Argentinian president dies

ARGENTINA is coming to terms with the loss of its most influential political spouse since the days of Eva Peron, following the sudden death of Nestor Kirchner, the former president and husband of the country's current leader, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

State television reported that Mr Kirchner suffered multiple heart attacks yesterday morning at his home in Calafate, Patagonia, while waiting to take part in a national census. He was 60 years old and had recently undergone surgery.

Sci-fi hit 'Avatar' gets two sequels

James Cameron is planning two sequels to his sci-fi sensation 'Avatar'. Executives at 20th Century Fox announced yesterday that Cameron plans to start work on the scripts early next year, aiming to begin production in late 2011.

The studio hopes to have the first of the as-yet-untitled sequels in theatres in December 2014, with the third movie in the franchise following in December 2015.

World cup medal sells for £188,200

A 1966 World Cup winners' medal belonging to England player Nobby Stiles was bought for a record-breaking sum by his former club today.

Manchester United paid £188,200 (€215,539) for the medal at an auction of football memorabilia in Edinburgh. The price trumped the £165,000 (€189,075) fetched by team-mate Alan Ball's own World Cup medal five years ago.

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