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SA civil society slams Israel

South Africa’s civil society is intensifying calls for the government to take a firm stand against Israel, in the wake of a deadly offensive against Gaza. On Thursday, trade federation Cosatu and several other pro-Palestinian organisations called for the South African government to recall the South African ambassador to Israel[…]

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Israel using banned weapons

As death toll exceeded 70 over three-day Israeli offensive on besieged Gaza strip, Palestinian health ministry officials have warned that Israeli is using internationally-proscribed weapons which were apparent in incinerated and torn out bodies of victims. “Israel used internationally-banned weapons in its two previous wars on Gaza,” Palestinian Health Ministry[…]

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Balkans Muslims dismiss ISIL caliphate

Joining a chorus of Muslim condemnations, Balkans Muslims have dismissed the declaration of the establishment of a so-called Islamic “caliphate” by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “It has no relation to religion affairs, they are lying to people,” Osman Mucollari, an Albanian taxi driver in Tirana,[…]

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Six killed in US drone strikes

At least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources tell Al Jazeera. Two missiles were fired on Thursday on a compound and a vehicle in the village of Madakhel[…]

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Israel attacks ‘barbaric’: ANC

The African National Congress on Thursday described the Israeli military’s attacks on the Gaza strip as “barbaric”. “The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camps,” deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said in a statement. “Of course the killing of any child, irrespective of[…]

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Five WCape prison officials arrested

Five correctional services officials accused of working with a gang to commit various crimes in prison were arrested in Worcester on Thursday, Western Cape police said . “The officials aged 33, 36, 40, 41 and 43 will be charged for offences relating to the drug trafficking and corruption acts,” Lt-Col[…]

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Paarl searches for ‘Puna’

The community of Klapmuts in Paarl are calling on residents to assist in the search for a young man who went missing last week. 22 year old Abduraghiem Diedricks was last seen on Klapmuts train station after work on the 3rd of July. ‘Puna’ as he is affectionately known was[…]

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Quds hosts euthanasia seminar

Following on from last year’s ground breaking seminar on organ donations, Masjidul Quds in Gatesville will be hosting a seminar on the equally controversial issue of euthanasia. The event, which takes place this coming Sunday, will look at various aspects of the topic, including the legal, ethical, as well as[…]

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Tears at KC MAD giveaway

Pick ‘n Pay Kenilworth Centre was abuzz with shoppers and onlookers on Wednesday as the VOC OB team joined staff to surprise unsuspecting people with hampers and shopping vouchers. Wednesday was the second round of the Make A Difference campaign, a corporate social initiative, in which Pick ‘n Pay partners[…]

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Man alive when heart ripped out: cop

A Gugulethu man was alive when his heart was ripped out last month and then allegedly cut into pieces to eat, the Athlone Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday. Investigating officer Constable Mphumelelo Yengwa said he attended the autopsy of 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona, who was allegedly killed by[…]

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