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Maliki gives up Iraq PM job to rival

Nouri al-Maliki has finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash the Islamic State group. “I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the political process and[…]

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WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN agency has said on its website. The death toll from the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday[…]

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SAJBD, Ehrenreich lay charges against each other

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on Thursday they intended laying charges against each other. The SAJBD accused Ehrenreich of hate speech and inciting violence against the Jewish community through a post on his Facebook page. Ehrenreich’s post read: “The time[…]

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No silence on IS

“We cannot remain silent when such atrocities are perpetrated in the name of Islam. The sanctity of human life is a supreme value in Islam and nothing is worth the cost of a human life. Such heinous acts of murder and violence are dishonourable and betray any expression of faith[…]

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Gaza on brink of health crisis

Health officials in Gaza have warned of an impending health catastrophe in the conflict stricken enclave, expressing fears that over crowding in the UN-run schools may give rise to the spread of infectious diseases. The situation has been worsened by a massive shortage of health supplies at the regions various[…]

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Jewish learner lodges complaint with HRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is now investigating alleged victimization of a King David High School pupil for his views on Gaza. This follows a recent, but unrelated, incident that caused an online outcry after Jewish pupil Joshua Broomberg was seen on social media posing in a keffiyeh[…]

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Cops, Marikana community work together

The relationship between the police and the community of Marikana in the North West has improved since the August 2012 unrest that left 44 people dead, police said on Thursday. Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police on August 16 that year while 10[…]

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Zuma submits Nkandla report

President Jacob Zuma presented his response to the security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead to Parliament on Thursday, the Presidency said. “The report has been prepared with due consideration of the following reports — the report of the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI), the report of the public[…]

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Deaths at protests marking Egypt’s Rabaa

Two people have been killed in Cairo during protests to mark the first anniversary of the Rabaa crackdown in which at least 1,000 people died. The protesters were shot dead as Egyptian security forces on Thursday dispersed hundreds of supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, who had blocked several[…]

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