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Ebola no threat to SA tourism: Muthambi

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no threat to tourism in South Africa, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said on Tuesday. “Government reiterates that South Africa remains the destination of choice for tourism,” she said in a statement. “No cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in the country,[…]

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DA calls for Motsoeneng suspension

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng must be suspended as soon as possible because he is a “toxic influence” who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, the DA argued in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. “We have seen what the eighth respondent [Motsoeneng] does when[…]

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Israel strikes Gaza targets after rocket fire

Israel has launched air strikes on “terrorism targets” in Gaza and recalled negotiators from Cairo after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, as efforts to agree a permanent ceasefire appeared to unravel. The Israeli military said that rockets landed in open areas near the town of Beersheeva. Sources[…]

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Ebola nations urged to screen all travellers

West African nations affected by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola have been urged to screen “all people at international airports, seaports and major land crossings” in order to stop its spread. The World Health Organisation said on Monday that authorities should stop anyone with signs of the virus from travelling,[…]

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Dr Mads Gilbert to visit SA

South Africans who were moved by Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert’s harrowing account of the humanitarian situation in Gaza will have an opportunity to hear him first-hand when he visits the country next week. Dr Gilbert, who was based at Al-Shifa hospital over the past month, made global headlines when he[…]

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‘IS has no basis in Islam’

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has again denounced the actions of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, saying their attempts to create a ‘caliphate’ was violating laws governing Christian minorities living under Muslim rule. The MJC was commenting on a recent video purported to be that of IS fighters,[…]

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No deal yet on Gaza ceasefire

Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and Hamas aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. The announcement came just minutes before a temporary truce was set to expire at[…]

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US, Syria at odds over IS

Washington and Damascus are “not on the same page” in the fight against their common enemy the Islamic State, whose rebels have declared a “caliphate” straddling swathes of Iraq and Syria, US officials said Monday. The United States has been battling IS insurgents just over the Syrian border in Iraq[…]

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Khan’s party to resign in Pakistan poll row

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan’s party announced Monday it is to renounce all its parliamentary seats, in a bitter row with the government over alleged poll rigging. Former cricket star Khan says last year’s general election, in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party came third, was rigged and has demanded Prime[…]

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