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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is “outraged” by their persecution. Islamic State fighters seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which[…]

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Israel, PA lash out at Kerry over truce bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza have made him and the White House the subject of blunt criticism within Israel, adding tension to an already strained diplomatic relationship. Kerry spent much of last week shuttling between Cairo, Tel Aviv and Ramallah trying to[…]

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MH17 suffered ‘explosive’ loss of pressure

Data from recovered flight recorders shows that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine because of an explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel, a Ukrainian security spokesman says. Andrei Lysenko said on Monday the plane suffered “massive explosive decompression” after it was hit by[…]

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Nothing wrong with business interests: Muthambi

There was nothing wrong with Cabinet members having business interests as long as there was no conflict of interest, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said. “Government has noted media reports which highlight the private business interests of President Jacob Zuma and members of the executive,” Muthambi said in a statement on[…]

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Thousands gather to witness moon sighting

Braving wintery conditions at Sea Points iconic Three Anchor Bay, the Muslim community came out in there thousands in the hopes of catching just a brief glimpse of the new moon that would indicate the end of Ramadan. Despite the air of excitement and anticipation, bad weather conditions meant that[…]

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Eid on Monday

While the new moon was not sighted at Three Anchor Bay on Sunday, the Crescent Observers Society (COS) announced that it was sighted elsewhere in South Africa. This means Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, which is the 1st Shawaal 1435. ‘Die Maankykers’ spent over an hour observing the[…]

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Kids Ramadan project ends

VOC’s annual Kiddies Ramadan Project handing over ceremony saw a full house at Garlendale Madressa complex on Saturday. Parents and grandparents accompanied their children to the event, who were handed certificates for completing the project list. All were warmly welcomed by VOC presenter Ayesha Laatoe. Children and Parents alike were[…]

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Boraine calls for De Kock, Hani killers release

Former TRC deputy chairman Alex Boraine has called for the release on parole of apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock; as well as the murderers of former SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani, the Sunday Times reported. “It is overdue. The parole board has failed him [De Kock],” the Truth and[…]

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Over a quarter of cabinet has business ties: report

Nineteen members of the 72-person strong government cabinet — including President Jacob Zuma — have private business interests, the City Press newspaper reported on Sunday. According to records from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), Zuma is listed as owning an active company called Michigan Investments that was registered[…]

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Millions being paid to suspended public servants

Nearly R50 million has been paid out to the about 400 public servants who are currently on paid suspensions, the City Press newspaper reported on Sunday. According to the Public Service and Administration department, 238 employees currently suspended from national departments have already received approximately R27 million in terms of[…]

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