Voice of the Cape

February2015

Italy govt urged to endorse Palestinian statehood

Italy’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved a non-binding motion urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state, a move that follows similar symbolic votes in other European parliaments in recent months. The motion was backed by the ruling centre-left Democratic Party of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Before[…]

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Germans approve Greece bailout extension

Germany’s parliament has approved a four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Greece was granted the extension by its European creditors on Friday in exchange for a commitment to budget reforms. “This is not about new billions for Greece, not about changing this[…]

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Nizaam’s Twitter account hacked

Rugby star Nizaam Carr has fallen victim to a disturbed hacker, who posted a string of tweets from his Twitter account expressing his support for the Islamic State on Wednesday. DHL Stormers immediately announced that his Twitter account @NizaamCarr08 had been hacked and was shut down with immediate effect. The[…]

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Missing child found after 17 years: Report

Zephany Nurse, who was snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town 17 years ago, has been found, Beeld reported on Friday. The woman who raised her, and allegedly took her, was taken into custody by the Hawks, following a DNA test and is expected to appear in the Cape[…]

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Soweto quiet overnight

Police continued to monitor Doornkop in Soweto on Friday after a foreign shopowner was set alight. “There were no incidents reported overnight but police will continue to monitor the situation,” Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said. On Thursday, a foreign shopowner was seriously injured after he had paraffin poured on him and[…]

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Kraaifontein murder case back in court

The case of 17 people accused of murdering six Kraaifontein men is expected back in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Friday. The National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday that the case was postponed for bail application. On December 9, the bodies of six men, aged between[…]

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Syrian refugee crisis reaching tipping point: UN

The Syrian refugee crisis is reaching a tipping point as humanitarian appeals remain under funded, and neighbouring countries are struggling to keep up with the flood of refugees, a UN official told the UN Security Council Thursday. Antonio Guterres, UN high commissioner for refugees, said that the international community needs[…]

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US should do more: Parents of slain journalist

The parents of the first American killed by Islamic State radicals say the U.S. government failed them during their son’s long capture. Diane and John Foley spoke before a large crowd at the University of Arizona on Thursday. The panel included Terry Anderson, the former Associated Press bureau chief who[…]

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IS video shows destruction of Mosul artefacts

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has released a video showing its fighters using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul. The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues,[…]

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Muslim scholars dismiss Spy Cables

Various Muslim organizations are having their say in the fall out of this week’s spy cable leaks on Al Jazeera’s website. Some cables between South Africa’s State Security Agency and other international groups claim suspicion of terrorist camps and front entities for forwarding the Iranian revolutionary plan. But Maulana Shabbier[…]

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