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No SA passport holders on Malaysian plane: Dirco

None of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in Ukraine were travelling with a South African passport, the department of international relations said on Friday. “Our mission in Kuala Lumpur informed us that amongst the passengers no one was travelling with a South African passport,” spokesman[…]

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Gov condemns Israel Gaza invasion

South Africa is gravely concerned by Israel’s “illegal” ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the international relations and co-operation department said on Friday. “The South African government strongly condemns the [Thursday] launch of the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defence Force,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said in[…]

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Gaza toll rises as invasion widens

Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is prepared for a “significant expansion” of the ground invasion in Gaza, after overnight bombardments killed dozens of Palestinians. The Israeli prime minister said on Friday he had instructed the army to “prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation”. “We don’t[…]

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Ukraine rebels pledge truce for jet recovery

Pro-Russian separatists have promised to cease fire for two to four days in eastern Ukraine to allow recovery work at the site where a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people crashed, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a rebel leader as saying. The announcement came as world leaders demanded an investigation into[…]

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UN: more than 5,000 killed in Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year. At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni fighters from the group calling itself the Islamic State, overran the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, the UN[…]

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Mandela day picket for Palestine

The ANC Youth League Western Cape (ANCYL) has condemned the City of Cape Town refusal to grant it permission to protest on Mandela Day on Friday. Given this, the ANCYL Western Cape has postponed it’s planned protest, until next week where they will gather in protest outside the South African[…]

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SA should better foreign policy: IRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has suggested the South African government take an alternate approach to the crisis in Gaza, by adopting a better foreign policy towards Israel. According to the SAIRR, this would allow the country a better chance of brokering settlements in conflict situations between[…]

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Israel begins Gaza ground assault

Israeli ground troops backed by tanks and warplanes swept into Gaza on a mission to stamp out rocket fire that the Hamas leadership said Friday was doomed to fail. The deathtoll amongst Palestinians soared to 258 as the Israeli offensive entered its 11th day, with the army bombarding Gaza by air[…]

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Support final AWS on Sunday

After a phenomenal turnout over the past three Sundays, VOC rounds up its annual Ramadan Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) outreach programme at Masjid Al Markaz in Kalksteenfontein on Sunday 20th July. AWS programme had its largest attendance of 700 people at last week’s outreach at Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar.[…]

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Abalone worth R3.8 million seized

Abalone with a street value of about R3,8 million was seized on Thursday at a farm warehouse in Philadelphia, north of Cape Town, police said. Three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican were arrested after police responded to a tip-off about abalone smuggling, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said. Police searched a store in[…]

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