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DA pleased with ‘spy tape’ court development

The Democratic Alliance is pleased with the outcome of the Supreme Court of Appeal proceedings in the so-called spy tapes appeal, DA federal executive chairman James Selfe said on Friday. The SCA reserved judgment in an appeal by President Jacob Zuma against a high court decision ordering the National Prosecuting[…]

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Support for Palestine is just: Tutu

The pursuit of justice for the people of Palestine is a righteous cause that the people of Israel should support, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Friday. “Recent weeks had witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to[…]

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Gazans return to ruined homes as truce holds

Many Palestinians living close to the Israeli border have returned to piles of rubble where their homes once stood, as a fragile five-day ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day. Calm held on Friday morning as the two sides in the Gaza conflict pondered Egyptian-mediated efforts to[…]

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Mogadishu rocked by deadly gun battles

At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured as heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu after government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former militia leader as part of a disarmament campaign, residents and officials said. Explosions and gunfire were heard on[…]

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Boko Haram abducts dozens in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said. Several witnesses who arrived as refugees in the city of Maiduguri told Reuters news agency[…]

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Gaza children’s art project hailed

Amid the multitude of striking posters and banners at the historic 200 000 strong SA March for Gaza on Saturday 9th August was a distinctive piece of artwork created in honour of Palestinian children. The colourful banner – Remember Gaza’s Children – tells the story of Gaza’s brave youth, killed[…]

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Dewani to appear in court

British businessman Shrien Dewani will be back in the Western Cape High Court on Friday. He may stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni as early as October if he is found fit by a mental health panel. In June, Dewani appeared before Judge President John Hlophe, who[…]

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No Ebola in SA: Motsoaledi

There is no known Ebola case in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday. A woman who arrived from Conakry, Guinea on July 28 through the OR Tambo International Airport was meticulously tested and was negative, Motsoaledi told reporters at the Edenvale Hospital in Johannesburg. “She was admitted[…]

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Porn channel judgement reserved

The Western Cape High Court on Thursday reserved judgment on whether the decision to license three porn pay channels should be reviewed. The Justice Alliance of SA (Jasa), Cause for Justice, and Doctors for Life had been arguing since Monday on why the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) erred in licensing[…]

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Indonesian president dismisses IS recruitment call

Indonesia’s president dismissed a call to arms to Indonesians by the Islamic State rebels in the Middle East Friday, saying the group’s version of Islam is heretical. IS’s attempt to spread its ideology “is a threat to our identity,” Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told parliament ahead of Independence Day. “Leaders across[…]

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