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Amnesty criticises Qatar on migrant labour rights

Qatar has done little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, rights body Amnesty International has said in a new report. Amnesty said in a briefing that little had changed for the 1.5 million migrant workers and that soccer’s governing body FIFA had a “clear responsibility”[…]

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Yemen: No talks until rebel pullout

The UN announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen. But Yemen’s Riyadh-based government swiftly demanded a pullback of the Iran-backed Shiite rebels from seized territory as a precondition to joining the talks set for May 28 in Geneva. The developments came as Tehran headed off a potential confrontation[…]

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Malaysian foreign minister to visit migrants

The Malaysian Foreign Minister was to visit Myanmar on Thursday to discuss the thousands of migrants from Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority adrift across South-East Asia. Anifah Aman’s visit comes a day after Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta agreed to allow thousands of the migrants, who also include Bangladeshis, to temporarily land[…]

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UCT students suspended over illegal occupation

Fourteen students at the University of Cape Town have thus far been suspended for occupying Avenue house, an administrative building that forms part of the student housing system at UCT. These students form part of the Rhodes Must Fall Movement (RMFM). This movement was founded in the early stages of[…]

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SA activists to raise funds for Yarmouk

A South African coalition of Palestinian solidarity activists on Wednesday began shooting a video campaign in order to create public awareness around the situation in Al-Yarmouk. In April 2015, the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp was besieged by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) militia. The Yarmouk camp[…]

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New civil society to address community issues

A new civil society movement says its made a breakthrough in the gang-ridden community of Valhalla Park, following the area’s first incident free weekend in several years. The Wes Kaapse Kleurlings Ontwikkelings Organisasie (WKKOO) has said that an intervention facilitated on its behalf has led to a truce between rival[…]

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Body found on Cape Town sports field

A dead body was discovered on a Mitchell’s Plain sports field on Wednesday morning. Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that the body of a man was discovered at the Portlands Sports Complex in Hazeldene Road. The man appeared to have been strangled with a length of wire.[…]

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Panayiotou case adjourns over defence confusion

Court has been adjourned until noon on Tuesday so that Christopher Panayiotou could discuss the issue of his legal representation in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court. This was after State advocate Marius Stander told the court that defence advocate Terry Price would not be representing Panayiotou on Tuesday and would[…]

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Closing arguments heard in murdered doctor case

The State has maintained its argument that Marthinus van der Walt was fully aware of his actions when he killed Dr Louis Heyns. Closing arguments related to the murder, kidnapping and hijacking of Stellenbosch academic and paediatrician, Dr Louis Heyns, were heard in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.[…]

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