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Israeli troops launch first incursion in Gaza

Israeli marines clashed with Hamas gunmen in the first reported ground incursion in the Gaza Strip, after the deadliest night of violence in Israel’s latest offensive in which 18 members of the same family were killed. The Israeli army said at least four soldiers were “lightly injured” on Sunday, as[…]

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Growing calls for Israeli isolation

South Africa civil society stood united in calls for a clear boycott and isolation of the Apartheid state of Israel on Friday. At a joint press conference held at the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) head quarters, a number of pro-Palestinian solidarity activists vowed to make Palestine a top priority and[…]

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Fire displaces elderly Muslim woman

A fire in Belthorn Estate has left the elderly 97 year Aaisha Stemmet displaced. On Thursday, just after Esha a fire destroyed the dwelling of the elderly women and her 70 year old daughter. Disaster Risk Management services said the two victims were transported to Groote Schuur Hospital. Two other[…]

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Minister to explain Motsoeneng appointment

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain her ratification of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as SABC COO, the Sunday Independent reported. Communications committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa confirmed the minister would appear before the committee, apparently this week. In an opinion piece in the same newspaper,[…]

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Zuma denies corruption

President Jacob Zuma has refuted accusations of government corruption, according to papers filed at the Constitutional Court, the Sunday Independent reported. Zuma called the latest court bid by businessman Hugh Glenister, who as part of his quest to ensure independence for the Hawks, seeks to prove corruption in government, “wholly[…]

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Sunni prisoners executed in Iraq: HRW

With world eyes fixed on fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a leading human rights group has revealed that Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government have executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners in retaliation for attacks by ISIL. “Gunning down prisoners is an outrageous[…]

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Journo licences slammed

Newspaper editors have slammed SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s proposal that journalists carry licences to work in the industry. Speaking to VOC News on Friday, a group of journalists said it was a tactic to control information circulation within the journalistic profession. Last week, the South African National Editors[…]

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Peaceful talks needed in Middle East: Dirco

A lasting solution to the Middle East unrest can only be found through serious and genuine negotiations between the parties involved, the international relations department (Dirco) said on Friday. “We strongly urge all sides to refrain from responding to violence with violence and to exercise restraint, including a halt to[…]

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Kick out Israeli diplomats: Vavi

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi urged government on Friday to immediately cut diplomatic ties with Israel. “This government of ours must, not tomorrow but today, buy a ticket for the ambassador of Israel, take him to the airport and send him back home,” said Vavi in Pretoria. “They should send[…]

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Bomb hits disabled centre in Gaza

At least four people have been reported killed in a bomb strike on a rehabilitation centre for the disabled in Gaza, medical sources say, as the toll from Israel’s bombardment of the Palestinian territory reaches 124. Three patients and a nurse were killed in the explosion on Saturday in Jabaliya,[…]

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