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Manenberg truce hopes to bring temporary calm

The lives of learners in Manenberg have been severely disrupted during the year end examinations, with some having to study through constant gunfire night and day. The daily gun battles have led community leaders to negotiate a current truce, which they hope will remain in tact until the New Year.[…]

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Gaza a ‘sinking ship’

Nothing much has changed in Gaza, despite a ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Palestine following the Israeli offensive in July and August this year. So says Dr Basil Abuwarda, a Palestinian doctor based at the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. “The situation is still the same and the siege[…]

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MJC backs 16 days campaign

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has suggested the possible implementation of a child protection policy at masajid, to fall in line with the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign. In recent years the ulema have been active in the government run campaign against women and child abuse, and are seeking[…]

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Abbas visit to cement relationship with SA: Al-Malki

On Wednesday President Jacob Zuma capped an historic meeting with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, which marked the first such interaction by the two leaders. During their discussions, Zuma reiterated government’s stance on wanting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, further condemning Israel for its continued expansion of illegal settlements,[…]

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Hofmeyr loses against puppet

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday set aside an interim protection order obtained by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr against ventriloquist Conrad Koch and his puppet “Chester Missing”, “Mr Hofmeyr has exposed himself to criticism, satire, ridicule and the court is not satisfied that he should be accorded the protection,” magistrate[…]

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Cape assault case postponed

Three men accused of assaulting cleaner Delia Adonis appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Thursday. Chad de Matos, Aaron Mack, and Mitchell Turner were told to return to court on February 5 pending further investigation, their lawyer William Booth said. The three, aged between 19 and[…]

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Korkie moved ahead of al-Qaeda raid: Report

Al-Qaeda rebels holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defence ministry website said. The journalist as well as a British national and a South African are among several hostages held by Al-Qaeda in the[…]

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No policy to ban Dalai Lama: Govt

South Africa has no policy barring the Dalai Lama from entering the country, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. Addressing journalists about President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to China next week, Nkoana-Mashabane deftly side-stepped questions on why the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader had been refused entry to South[…]

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Israel says Hamas attack plot foiled

Israel’s Shin Bet security service says it has uncovered a vast Hamas network in the occupied West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in occupied Jerusalem. Hamas did not immediately comment on Thursday’s announcement of the arrests. The Shin Bet said it arrested more than 30 Hamas fighters[…]

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British convoy hit in deadly Kabul attack

A suicide attack on a foreign convoy in Afghanistan capital Kabul has left at least five people dead, including a British national, and 20 others wounded, according to the country’s Health Ministry. General Ayoub Salangi, the deputy interior minister, said the bomber was riding a motorcycle on Jalalabad Road during[…]

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