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Rebels hand over plane black boxes

A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, has handed over black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the city of Donetsk. “Here they are, the black boxes,” Borodai told a room packed with journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic as an[…]

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UCT Islam Week kicks off

UCT’s Islam Week kicked off on Monday with a mass Thuhr salah on Jameson Plaza along the exhibit and information tent. The event was initiated to spread awareness on Islam and dispel western myths about Muslims. “We do not want to overwhelm people but we do want to demonstrate how[…]

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GOTG to send medical volunteers to Gaza

With the current death toll in the Gaza Strip standing at just over 500, mostly civilian casualties, local aid group the Gift of the Givers (GOTG) have announced an initiative to dispatch medical volunteers to the war-torn region. Apart from a massive shortage of medical supplies, there is an urgent[…]

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National Muslim census soon

The developers behind the Muslim Directory App are looking to quell the debate surrounding the current Muslim population in South Africa, by conducting a census at masajid across the country. They have urged imams and masjid committees to conduct three separate counts during the final week of Ramadan, on Laylatul[…]

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Mayor fencesitting on Gaza: Cosatu

Cosatu in the Western Cape has labelled Mayor Patricia De Lille as an “embarrassment”, following a mass march in support of Gaza in the city last week. Provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the questions surrounding the conflict in the Middle East, is well known across the world and is a[…]

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World Humanitarian Summit 2016

The United Nations (UN) is in the preparatory stages of hosting the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 in Istanbul. The summit will include the attendance of humanitarian organisations from around the world in a bit to collectively improve humanitarian services to address global crisis. Founder and director of Islamic Relief (IR),[…]

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Silent protest for Gaza in Tokyo

Some 500 people on Monday staged a silent protest in Tokyo against the bloodshed in Gaza, the biggest such gathering in the Japanese capital since the violence began early this month, organisers said. As night fell demonstrators holding candles formed huge letters spelling “Gaza” in a city park, and offered[…]

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Mental state of ‘Mr X’ questioned

A police witness, known only as Mr X, hit back at lawyers casting aspersions on his mental state at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria on Monday. Dali Mpofu, SC, for the injured and arrested Marikana miners, was cross examining the mineworker, who testified via video link from an[…]

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Evictees were enraged backyarders: councillor

People who erected shacks on Sanral-owned land in Lwandle, Cape Town, were enraged “backyarders” who were tired of unfulfilled service delivery promises, a city councillor said on Monday. Residents of Wag ‘n Bietjie, an informal settlement near Somerset West, had to be relocated after their shacks were destroyed in a[…]

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Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital

Israeli tank shells have struck a hospital in central Gaza, according to a health official and a doctor at the facility said. The health official said the shells killed at least four people and wounded 60, including 30 medical staff, at al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza on Monday. The Israeli[…]

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