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Experts: Give new US Ebola drug to Africans

Three of the world’s leading Ebola specialists have called for experimental drugs and vaccines to be offered to people in West Africa, where a vast outbreak of the deadly disease is raging in three countries. Noting that American aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were given an unapproved[…]

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China earthquake death toll hits 589

At least 589 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, officials said Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in the death toll. “As of 10.30 on Wednesday… 589 people have died” after Sunday’s magnitude 6.1 tremor in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China’s ministry of civil affairs[…]

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The Gaza conflict by numbers

Twenty-nine days of fighting between Israel and Hamas broke out on July 8 and expanded with an Israeli ground assault nine days later. A truce came into effect Tuesday. Here is a summary of the chief statistics as the 72-hour ceasefire began: DEATH TOLL In Gaza, 1,867 Palestinians have been[…]

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Palestinian diplomat to speak about Gaza horrors

Diplomat at the Palestinian embassy of South Africa, Tamer Almassri will be in Cape Town on Wednesday to publically speak about his personal experiences of life in Gaza. Al Massri lost eight family members in an Israeli attack on Gaza on Saturday. He also lost two sons in previous attacks[…]

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Husami raises R120 k for Gaza

Within two weeks since its launch, the Husami masjid in Cravenby has raised a whopping R120 000 for the Gaza Water Project. VOC in partnership with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and the Al Quds Foundation launched the humanitarian initiative last month to raise much needed funds for the war[…]

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‘Israeli political support in SA concerning’: analyst

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the show of support for Israel from local political parties is concerning. A number of political parties and organisations took to the streets of Johannesburg at the weekend to show their support for Israel’s military incursion in Gaza in a protest organised by the South[…]

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Earthquake hits SA

One person was killed and 17 injured when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit South Africa on Tuesday, causing scares in mining operations and evacuations in parts of the country. “For South Africa, a 5.5 magnitude quake is quite big but it’s not uncommon,” said Herman van Niekerk, a structural geologist[…]

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SA reacts to earth tremor

Social media went haywire on Tuesday after an earth tremor was felt for about a minute shortly after midday in Johannesburg. The tremor measured 5.3 on the Ritcher scale, spreading as far as Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and Cape Town.  One death was confirmed in Orkney, North West, when a man was[…]

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Beware of bogus land claims processes

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has warned the public to be aware of charlatans claiming to be coordinators of land claims. Within a month of the announcement of the re-opening of the land claims process, the Office of the Regional Land Claims Commission in the Western Cape[…]

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