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Twin suicide attacks kill 7 in Kabul

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The long-awaited deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of 2014, ending the uncertainty[…]

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Kidnapped Paarl baby returned

A kidnapped baby was returned to his mother after police arrested the kidnapper in Paarl, Western Cape police said on Tuesday. “His 35-year-old kidnapper was arrested and she is due to make a court appearance in Paarl once she has been charged,” Lt-Col Andre Traut said. Two-month-old Azile Skafu was[…]

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Final lap for Marikana enquiry

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has been granted its final extension, spokesman Phuti Setati said on Tuesday. “In terms of the latest terms of reference, the oral and final arguments by the parties represented at the commission will have to be done by November 14,” he told reporters in Marikana,[…]

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TAC not facing imminent closure

The Treatment Action Campaign is not facing imminent closure, but will have to make “tough decisions” if it does not get more funding, it said on Tuesday. “We would like to state that despite severe financial challenges, the TAC is not facing imminent closure,” it said in a statement. “However[…]

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Zuma not responsible for Nkandla: ANC

ANC MPs on Tuesday moved to absolve President Jacob Zuma of any wrongdoing in the Nkandla controversy as they unilaterally pursued Parliament’s consideration of the matter following an opposition walkout. They said there was no evidence that Zuma asked for luxuries to be added to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal,[…]

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Complaints lodged against Israel

Defense for Children International Palestine filed complaints against Israel on behalf of four Palestinian children who were mistreated while in Israeli custody, a statement said Wednesday. The DCI statement said that in one incident about which complaints were filed, three teenagers from Osarin in the Nablus district were put in[…]

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Hopelessness and despair in Bonteheuwel

The community of Bontheuwel say gang violence in the area has made living conditions unbearable. On Tuesday, VOC News did a walkabout in the area and spoke to some residents about their views on gang related violence. Respondents varied in age and backgrounds yet they all shared the same concerns[…]

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Pilgrims in good spirits ahead of Haj

As Hujaaj in the Saudi Kingdom anxiously await the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, tour operators have been conducting revisions with their respective pilgrims, reminding them of the protocol and movements for the journey ahead. Amongst the operators currently in Makkah are the Dhuyufullah Hajj and Umrah Group, who[…]

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Seriti Commission ‘a farce’: Activist

New allegations have emerged further implicating President Jacob Zuma in the controversial arms deal. An exposé released over the weekend has suggested that Zuma accepted a R500 000 a year bribe, put forward by French arms group Thales. The reported deal, involving the use of the code word ‘Eiffel Tower’,[…]

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Beware of censorship: US ambassador

South Africa has to be wary of attempts to censor the media such as SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s recent suggestion that journalists be licensed, US ambassador Patrick Gaspard said on Tuesday. “I was stunned that all of you weren’t outside of the SABC headquarters the next morning,” he said at[…]

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