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NPA respects Dewani ruling

The National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday it respects the decision to acquit British businessman Shrien Dewani on charges of killing his wife Anni. “When you take matters to court, we’re always alive to the fact that there are two possibilities: either there is conviction or there is acquittal,” NPA[…]

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US says it was unaware of SAfrican hostage talks

The United States did not know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of a South African hostage who died in a U.S. raid on al-Qaida rebels in Yemen, the U.S. ambassador in South Africa said Monday. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard said American officials were “unaware of ongoing negotiations that had[…]

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Bleak outlook in February, March: Eskom

The electricity supply is expected to be constrained in February and March, Eskom said on Monday. “February and March are concerning for us. This due to budgetary constraints. Our financial director is looking at options in this regard,” CEO Tshediso Matona told journalists in Johannesburg. The power supply would depend[…]

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More than 15 million children affected by violence in 2014

Millions of children suffered under extreme violence, destruction and forced displacement in 2014, the UN Children’s Fund said in a statement Monday. “Never in recent history were so many children exposed to such unspeakable brutality,” UNICEF director Anthony Lake said, referencing children who had been kidnapped, tortured, raped or sold[…]

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Egypt to try 71 students for joining Brotherhood

Egypt’s prosecutor general Monday referred to trial 71 students of the prestigious Al-Azhar University on charges of joining the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and holding illegal protests, a judicial official said. Hundreds of students have been tried in civilian courts after violence on campuses, bastions of pro-Islamist activists since the army’s[…]

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Syria says Israeli jets hit Damascus

Syria has accused Israel of carrying out air strikes against two government-held areas in Damascus province, one of them near the Damascus international airport. There was no immediate reaction to Sunday’s report from the Israeli authorities. “The Israeli enemy attacked Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, namely[…]

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Hindocha family sad after Dewani freed

The family of slain honeymooner Anni Dewani said the justice system had failed them after the Western Cape High Court discharged her husband Shrien Dewani of her murder on Monday. “We came here looking for answers, we came here looking for the truth and all we got was more questions,”[…]

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Dewani found not guilty

British businessman Shrien Dewani was on Monday discharged of the killing of his wife Anni in 2010 and free to return home. Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said his application for a discharge was granted and he was thus found not guilty on five charges. “There[…]

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Syria accuses Israel of bombing Damascus airport

Syria accused Israel of bombing its main international airport on Sunday as the UN announced talks with rebel leaders on a ceasefire in its war-battered second city of Aleppo. The accusation came hours ahead of an appeal by humanitarian organisations Monday for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees as the[…]

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26 foreigners arrested for ‘terrorism’ in Saudi

Saudi Arabia said Sunday it has arrested 135 suspects for “terrorism” offences, after the kingdom’s participation in air strikes against Islamic State group extremists raised concerns about possible retaliation. The suspects include 26 foreign nationals, mostly from Syria, interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki said, cited by the official Saudi Press[…]

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