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Thousands line up to vote in Kashmir

Indian-administered Kashmir headed to the polls under tight security with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party eyeing power for the first time in the disputed Muslim-majority region. More than one million residents are eligible to vote on Monday in the first stage of staggered elections in the Himalayan region,[…]

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Court orders Woolies to meet with BDS

The South Gauteng High Court has ordered  Woolworths and BDS South Africa to meet “face to face” on or before the 10th of December in an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute over the national boycott against the company. The management of Woolworths has thusfar refused to meet with BDS[…]

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Minstrels suspension a blow to new committee

After years of fighting for recognition, the newly formed Cape Cultural Events and Carnival Committee were recently hit with a blow to their nascent public image. Members of the committee on Monday came together to officially suspend the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association from the grouping. The committee’s president Kevin Momberg on[…]

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Civil society must fight corruption: Madonsela

More action was needed from civil society to fight corruption, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office said on Monday. Speaking during the international civil society week conference in Johannesburg on Sunday, Madonsela asked civil society to go beyond just complaining about was wrong, acting spokesman Oupa Segalwe said in a statement.[…]

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System constrained for foreseeable future: Eskom

The power system is expected to be very tight over the evening peaks of the next few days, Eskom said on Monday. “However the risk of load shedding for today and tomorrow is medium to low,” the power utility said in its latest system status bulletin. “This is owing to[…]

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Parly peace deal falls apart

A second bid to broker a peace deal for parliament failed at a meeting between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and opposition parties on Monday. In an attempt to prevent a repeat of recent chaotic sittings in Parliament, political leaders held talks in Parktown, Johannesburg, but it ended with no agreement[…]

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Iraqi forces reclaim two key towns from ISIL

Iraqi forces have mounted their biggest operation since June, reclaiming two towns in the eastern province of Diyala from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. In the province’s south on Sunday, Iraqi troops and Shia militias retook the town of Sa’adiya and were moving towards nearby villages.[…]

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Outrage across US over Ferguson ruling

Thousands of people rallied in US cities including Los Angeles and New York to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd in suburban St.[…]

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Israel’s “Jewish State” bill stirs anger

A new bill that defines Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people has sparked criticism and seen as undermining the democratic character of the country, as well as fostering discrimination against Muslim and Christian minorities. If the Jewish homeland proposal becomes law, it would mean “the institutionalization of racism,[…]

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New book documents life of Sheikh Shakier

“Sheikh Shakier was almost a maverick. He would put forward ideas irrespective whether it made him popular or not. If that is the position he believed in, he would put it forward and stand by it.” These were the words of academic and author Dr. Eghsaan Behardien, in describing the[…]

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