North Korea threatens nuclear strike
The UN Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea overnight, hours after Pyongyang threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the US. The White House said the United States is “fully capable” of defending itself against any missile attack, and warned Pyongyang that its threats could only lead to further international isolation.
Pistorius case: Lead detective Hilton Botha resigns
Hilton Botha, the detective who bungled investigations into the murder case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, has resigned from the South African police force yesterday. He admitted in court the investigation into the Pistorius trial “could have been handled better” but denies that his resignation was a consequence of that embarrassment. It later emerged that Botha faced attempted murder charges over a shooting involving a mini-bus full of passengers in 2011.
John Brennan confirmed as new CIA director
The US Senate has confirmed that the counter-terrorism expert John Brennan will be the next CIA director, filling a critical gap in President Obama’s team. The Senate voted 63-34 in favour of Brennan just hours after Senator Rand Paul held the floor for 13 hours in an old-style filibuster during which he demanded asssurances that the president would not order domestic drone strikes on American citizens without due process.
Teen stabbed to death on UK bus in ‘random attack’
UK police are investigating a teenager’s social media footprint as they investigate her stabbing murder on a bus. Christina Edkins, 16, had tweeted just a few weeks ago that she was scared of a man acting strangely on her bus. After a massive manhunt for a passenger who fled the bus after the murder, police using tracker dogs detained a 22-year-old man. Police believe Christina did not know her killer.
– Kaycee Jane Shingles-Moore