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NC4P meets Zuma on Palestine

Representatives from the Palestinian solidarity movement in South Africa met with President Jacob Zuma at his official residence in Cape Town, Genadendal on Wednesday. The 90 minute meeting on Palestine was convened in response to growing protests by South African civil society across the country. There has been stronger pressure[…]

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IS “embarrassing” Muslims

The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State  “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq[…]

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Israel steps up raids on Gaza

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Wednesday evening as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas’s top military commander, baying for revenge as eight days of calm exploded into bloodshed. Mohammed Deif, who has topped Israel’s most wanted list for more than a decade, escaped the strike with Hamas saying[…]

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Slain US journalist praised as “fearless”

Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State fighters, with his parents praising their “fearless” son. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the group released a video of Foley’s beheading late Tuesday, including from French journalists who revealed they had been held[…]

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Liberia’s ebola clampdown turns violent

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia’s West Point slum which has been contained as part[…]

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ANC supports call for Cuban 5 release

The African National Congress (ANC) has hailed the formal parliamentary resolution calling for the release of the remaining prisoners of the Cuban 5 who were arrested in 1998 for allegedly being involved in espionage against the United States of America. In a statement issued on Thursday, the party said it[…]

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Little cooperation over SABC report: lawyer

There has been little co-operative governance so far in resolving conflict over Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday. “There has been an ostensible dragging of feet when it comes to compliance,” Madonsela’s lawyer Etienne Labuschagne said. “The facts[…]

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Braille student registers at mainstream madrassa

History was made this week when a student using Braille as a method of instruction for the first time passed through the doors of a South African mainstream madrassa. While Gafsa Robertson’s physical sight has dramatically deteriorated in the past four years, she has not lost sight of her ultimate[…]

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Al Jama-ah at loggerheads over ‘caliphate’ remarks

Al Jama-ah party member Imraahn Mukaddam has distanced himself from statements made by party leader Ganief Hendricks, supporting the establishment of a so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria by an armed group called the Islamic State (IS). In a recent radio interview, Hendricks allegedly said the call for a caliphate[…]

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Delay in Haj visas

The South African Haj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has expressed concern in the delay in the issuing of haj visas, caused by system problems on the side of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first few groups of hujaaj are expected to depart for the Kingdom from Monday 25th[…]

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