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Massacre derails talks on new Iraq government

Sunni politicians in Iraq have suspended talks to form a new government, in protest of a mass killing inside a mosque in the northeastern province of Diyala. In a statement on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, denounced as “terrorists” the Shia armed group suspected of killing at[…]

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MPlain hosts Palestine Festival

A group of youth who feel passionately about the Palestinian cause have organised a ‘Palestine Festival’ in aid of raising funds for Gaza. The Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre Mosque, Youth For Change (YFC), and Muslim Youth United (MYU) will be collaborating to host the event this weekend. The festival is[…]

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D6WC to protest claimant’s meeting

The District Six Working Committee (D6WC) plans to protest outside a claimants meeting called by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform in District Six this weekend. The committee has expressed their dismay that the meeting would be limited to those who lodged claims before 1998. The meeting will[…]

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Strict criteria for liquor license: Prinsloo

Communities are alarmed by the massive number of liquor outlets and shebeen’s opening up in their respective areas, raising concerns about that the influx may result in an increase in crime. This has led many to question the procedures followed the Western Cape Liquor Authority, in the issuance of liquor[…]

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Foley execution ‘not new’

Despite universal outrage at the beheading of American journalist, James Foley, a Turkish based freelance reporter has suggested that such incidents have been taking in the Middle East for a number of years already. A video of Foley’s execution was posted to the internet by the Islamic State (IS), nearly[…]

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Bonteheuwel crime issue ‘blown up’: PB

A group of community members known as Proudly Bonteheuwel (PB) have accused the Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum (BJPF) of blowing the crime situation in the area out of proportion. A representative for PB, Jonathan Cupido said that ever since a wave of gang related crime broke out months ago, police[…]

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Appeal for Syrian aid

Living conditions remain devastating in refugee camps housing thousands of Syrian refugees. Darul Islamic Relief Fund (DARF) chairperson Sheikh Irfaan Abrahams returned from a mission to refugee camps along the Syria-Jordan border on Thursday, and expressed the dire need for basic essentials. These include adequate medical aid, blankets and food.[…]

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No obligation to make Nkandla report public: SIU

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) does not have to make its report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s home public, it said on Friday. “The SIU, and its head, are deeply conscious of the intense public interest in its report,” spokesman Boy Ndala said in a statement. “We also[…]

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EFF brought Parliament into disrepute: Govt

The EFF’s disruption of proceedings in the National Assembly on Thursday was tantamount to bringing Parliament into disrepute, government said in a statement on Friday. “Yesterday’s [Thursday] militant confrontation and attitude between MPs and supporters of political parties were not in the best interest of the country and were futile,”[…]

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