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Ukraine rebels pledge truce for jet recovery

Pro-Russian separatists have promised to cease fire for two to four days in eastern Ukraine to allow recovery work at the site where a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people crashed, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a rebel leader as saying. The announcement came as world leaders demanded an investigation into[…]

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UN: more than 5,000 killed in Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year. At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni fighters from the group calling itself the Islamic State, overran the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, the UN[…]

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Mandela day picket for Palestine

The ANC Youth League Western Cape (ANCYL) has condemned the City of Cape Town refusal to grant it permission to protest on Mandela Day on Friday. Given this, the ANCYL Western Cape has postponed it’s planned protest, until next week where they will gather in protest outside the South African[…]

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SA should better foreign policy: IRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has suggested the South African government take an alternate approach to the crisis in Gaza, by adopting a better foreign policy towards Israel. According to the SAIRR, this would allow the country a better chance of brokering settlements in conflict situations between[…]

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Israel begins Gaza ground assault

Israeli ground troops backed by tanks and warplanes swept into Gaza on a mission to stamp out rocket fire that the Hamas leadership said Friday was doomed to fail. The deathtoll amongst Palestinians soared to 258 as the Israeli offensive entered its 11th day, with the army bombarding Gaza by air[…]

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Support final AWS on Sunday

After a phenomenal turnout over the past three Sundays, VOC rounds up its annual Ramadan Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) outreach programme at Masjid Al Markaz in Kalksteenfontein on Sunday 20th July. AWS programme had its largest attendance of 700 people at last week’s outreach at Masjid ul Nasriellah in Belhar.[…]

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Abalone worth R3.8 million seized

Abalone with a street value of about R3,8 million was seized on Thursday at a farm warehouse in Philadelphia, north of Cape Town, police said. Three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican were arrested after police responded to a tip-off about abalone smuggling, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said. Police searched a store in[…]

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No facts in past 16 yrs: Mbeki

For the past 16 years, there have been no facts supporting allegations of mismanagement in the arms deal, former president Thabo Mbeki told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday. “There is this huge volume of work which has been done,” he said referring to investigations conducted by the state.[…]

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10 days paternity leave: SGJ

Men should be provided with 10 days’ paternity leave, non-profit organisation Sonke Gender Justice (SGJ) said on Thursday. The non-profit organisation came out in support of financial manager Hendri Terblanche launching the 10-day paternity leave campaign, eight months after his twin children were born three months premature. His petition was[…]

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‘Jetliner did not make distress call’

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. Najib Razak, who addressed a middle-of-the-night news conference after speaking with leaders of Ukraine[…]

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