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West-Russia tensions to dominate G20 summit

Leaders from the world’s strongest economies have gathered in the Australian city of Brisbane, commencing the G20 summit, with the crisis in Ukraine expected to take centre-stage. The two-day summit, which began on Saturday, promises to be a showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid fresh reports[…]

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MJC panel must be credible: analyst

Tuesday marked a watershed moment in the history of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), with the launch of an Independent Advisory Panel. The soon to be formed panel will provide the ulema body with special expertise on a range of issues, to help better the service it provides to the[…]

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Woolies court action “desperation”: BDS

With the news that Woolworths has launched court proceedings against BDS South Africa over its boycott campaign against the local retailer, both BDS and the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) have insisted that all its protests have been carried out in a non-violent manner. This comes after court papers issued[…]

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‘Naming and shaming not the solution’

The issue of non-payment of fees is a challenge that severely hampers the operations of many schools across the country. That was the view of Glendale High School principal, Achmat Chothia, commenting on an incident in which a Mitchell’s Plain school published the names of 41 students who had not[…]

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Taking BDS to court “risky”: analyst

The decision by mass retailer Woolworths to serve court papers to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement of South Africa (BDS SA) to end their boycott of the company may be a risky move, according to branding and advertising expert Andy Rice. On Thursday, BDS SA were served court papers[…]

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DA will not recognise Mbete: Maimane

The DA will no longer recognise National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, the party’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Friday. Briefing the media at Parliament the morning after a raucous sitting of the House culminated in fisticuffs and scuffles, he said what happened had prompted a “fundamental change” in the[…]

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Marikana hearings conclude

The public hearings of the commission of inquiry into the events at Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West, in August 2012 closed on Friday after a sitting lasting 300 days. The hearings had proceeded more “harmoniously” than initially anticipated, said the commission’s chairman, retired judge Ian Farlam. Adjourning the commission[…]

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Outstanding first-phase land claims to cost R16.9bn

Settling all the outstanding land restitution claims lodged during the first land claims window period will cost an estimated R16.9 billion, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Friday. In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he said not all outstanding claims had been researched to[…]

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Baghdad-Kurd deal eases threat to Iraqi unity

preliminary deal between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdish region on long-running financial disputes has reduced a threat to national unity, the oil minister said Friday. Baghdad has long opposed the three-province autonomous region’s independent export of oil, while Kurdish leaders have criticised Baghdad for withholding budget payments. In a first move[…]

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Israel lifts age limits for al-Aqsa

A Jerusalem holy site at the heart of recent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians was quiet on Friday, police said after age restrictions for Muslim men who wanted to pray there were lifted for the first time in weeks. The development came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu[…]

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