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‘Israel, most militarised economy in the world’

Former African National Congress (ANC) MP, Andrew Feinstein has accused some of the West’s leading nations of being complicit in Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, by providing the state with huge amounts of weaponry. One of the major benefactors of the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) military operations has been[…]

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Metrorail to return to normal

Metrorail will on Monday be restoring all its services to the areas on the Cape Flats affected by vandalism this week. Vandals butchered signal cables on the Phillpi line, leaving Metrorail property severely damaged and thousands of commuters stranded. Railway lines from Phillipi onwards were damaged where the railway line[…]

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VOC listeners hail Ramadan programmes

It may have been an extremely challenging month for VOC staff, but the community’s support made it all worth it. So says VOC programming manager Mishka Daries, after receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback on the station’s Ramadan programming. VOC has been inundated with positive messages, with many saying the programming changes[…]

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Lonmin guards ill-prepared for strikers

Lonmin mine security guards were ill-prepared to manage thousands of the company’s striking employees in August 2012, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Friday. “The impression from the incident of the 12th (August 2012) is that your security people were not prepared to deal with the crowd,” Sesi Baloyi,[…]

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Man attacked by shark in Muizenberg

A 20-year-old man was bitten by a white shark while surfing at Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, on Friday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said. A friend helped him out of the water, spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a statement. “He was found with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs, some[…]

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Philippines admits Libya evacuation a challenge

A Philippine plan to evacuate all 13,000 of its workers in strife-torn Libya is a “challenge”, with many reluctant to leave despite the dangers, the Filipino foreign ministry said Friday. The ministry announced a “mandatory” evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals living in Libya last month after the beheading[…]

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Ebola moving faster than efforts to control it

The World Health Organization warned west Africa’s Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption. WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional[…]

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Gaza truce collapses

A three-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza collapsed only hours after it began amid a deadly new wave of violence and the apparent capture by Hamas of an Israeli soldier. Intensive shelling killed dozens of people in southern Gaza hours into the short-lived truce on Friday, with Hamas accusing Israel of[…]

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Gaza violence continues despite ceasefire

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed just hours into a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, medics say, after Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour pause in fighting. According to reports from a Rafah hospital, at least 40 people were killed on Friday as Israeli tanks fired shells into eastern[…]

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Egypt urged to lift Gaza siege

Civil society organisations and public figures have called on the world to demand the opening of the Rafah border crossing. A range of human rights activists are urging ordinary citizens to mobilise themselves go to the local Egyptian Embassy or consulate and demand the Egyptian government opens the Rafah crossing[…]

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