17 killed in bombings in and around Baghdad

Suspected Sunni rebels struck in and around Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 17 people including 11 soldiers and policemen, and injuring about 40 in three separate attacks, including two suicide bombings, according to police and hospital officials. The largest of Wednesday’s attacks was in the turbulent Youssifiyah district south of Baghdad[…]

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French Parliament to vote on Palestinian state

France’s National Assembly will vote this month on a largely symbolic resolution in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state, hoping it could help end the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, officials said Wednesday. Approval by the lower and more powerful chamber of parliament would send a signal to President[…]

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City’s housing database goes live

The City of Cape Town’s online housing database has gone live and qualifying residents can now apply online to be registered on this database. The facility is considered a quick, convenient and safe way forresidents who qualify in terms of the subsidy criteria to access this City service – including with[…]

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From jail, Barghouthi urges ‘armed resistance’

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi urged the Palestinian leadership to give its backing to “armed resistance” against Israel in a letter published Tuesday as a wave of violence surged. The call came after months of clashes in and around annexed East Jerusalem and a growing number of deadly Palestinian attacks[…]

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Malaysia charges 7 suspected member of IS

Seven Malaysians have been charged in court for supporting Islamic State militants in Syria, a news report said Wednesday. Two financial consultants were charged with allegedly soliciting money online for the extremist forces, the Sun Daily newspaper said. Prosecutors also charged a suspected Malaysian jihadist who returned to Kuala Lumpur[…]

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Cape fisherman rescued after falling into fish bin

A fisherman was rescued after he fell into a fish bin in Simonstown, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Wednesday. “Only his foot still protruded from the bin, with the rest of his body buried under fish, and fellow crew grabbed his foot and managed to pull him[…]

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SA remains home from Nigeria by weekend

The remains of the 85 people from South Africa who died when a church building collapsed in Nigeria will be repatriated at the weekend, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday night. “If everything goes well, we will repatriate this coming weekend,” Radebe said. Radebe, the special envoy[…]

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Vavi writes letters to Cosatu affiliates

The decision taken by the Cosatu central executive committee to expel Numsa from the trade union federation has “momentous implications”, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday. “I am ready to admit that at times I have had to articulate views that contradicted my own, but always with the firm[…]

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