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Appeal for countries to accept Syrian refugees

More than 30 humanitarian organisations launched an appeal on Monday for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict. That figure would represent five percent of the projected refugee population by the end of 2015, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).[…]

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We choose to forgive: Korkie family

The family of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a botched rescue mission in Yemen, said on Sunday they choose to forgive and rejoice in his memories. His wife Yolande Korkie said after hearing the news she asked herself many questions and realised people had a choice.[…]

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SA govt “deeply saddened” by Korkie death

Government is “deeply saddened” to learn that South African teacher Pierre Korkie was killed in a botched rescue mission in Yemen, the department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) said on Sunday. “The South African Government was deeply saddened to learn yesterday that fellow South African, Mr Pierre Korkie…was killed[…]

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Dewani to hear if he’s a free man

British businessman and murder accused Shrien Dewani is expected to hear on Monday whether he can leave South Africa and return home a free man. Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso, despite facing a petition calling for her recusal, will decide whether Dewani’s application to be discharged[…]

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US defends failed Yemen rescue operation

US officials have said they had no choice but to launch a special forces rescue operation in Yemen that ended with Al-Qaeda killing an American photojournalist and a South African teacher. The hostages — 33-year-old American Luke Somers and 57-year-old South African Pierre Korkie — were killed by their captors[…]

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Over 150 people displaced in WCape

Over 100 people were displaced on Sunday, when a fire ravaged shacks in Du Noon, the city of Cape Town. “It happened in the early hours of this morning. Thirty-eight shacks were burnt, 152 [people] were displaced,” said spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Many of the shacks[…]

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Korkie on the verge of being released: GOTG

Pierre Korkie would have been released Sunday by his Yemeni kidnappers had it not been for a botched American Special Services-led rescue mission to free photo-journalist Luke Somers. But Gift of the Givers founder, and pivotal negotiator in Korkie’s release, Imtiaz Sooliman, says Korkie survived as long as he did because he[…]

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Hijab Expo aims to inspire young women

The An Nur Sisterhood held their annual Hijab Expo at the Panorama Masjid on Saturday. From 9am to 6pm, the masjid premises was filled with food and clothing stalls and a number of activities to inspire young Muslim women with their confidence when donning the hijab. The age old battle[…]

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Local Palestine activist inspired by Israeli interrogation

Pro-Palestine activist Marthie Momberg has returned safely to South Africa, after she was denied access to Israel from the Jordan border and interrogated for hours by Israeli officials. Representing Kairos Southern Africa, Momberg was on her way to the annual Kairos Palestine International Conference in Bethlehem when she was barred[…]

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Blind Cricket SA goes to HRC

Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission, after Cricket South Africa pulled funding ahead of the 2014 World Cup that was to be held in South Africa this week. The organization says they have now been left with a mountain of[…]

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