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Hamas kills 17 suspected informers for Israel

Hamas has killed 17 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, a day after Israel killed three of the group’s top military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and a Hamas website said. A Gaza security official said the first batch involved 11 people who[…]

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Train services may be suspended: Prasa

Violent attacks may lead to the suspension of Metrorail services, Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Mosengwa Mofi said on Friday. Prasa says even though its mandate is to provide railway services, a spate of vandalism incidents on rail lines is costing the state company millions of rands. Mofi[…]

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EFF defends “staged protest”

The Economic Freedom Fighters has defended its “staged protest” which caused a disruption in the National Assembly. Party spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi named three reasons for the protest in parliament on Thursday. “President [Jacob] Zuma did not respond to the public protector’s report and directive that public money was spent in[…]

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No injuries in Joburg earthquake

No injuries were reported when a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning, paramedics said. Johannesburg emergency services spokeswoman Nana Radebe said no injuries were reported and they were not called out to help anyone. ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said they were on stand-by after[…]

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Foley case raises ransom debate

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with radicals, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives[…]

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Governor takes National Guard out of Ferguson

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the state National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, protests in the small section of town[…]

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African nations tighten Ebola travel bans

African countries have tightened travel curbs in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the[…]

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