• Tourism SA slams travel warnings

    The CEO of Tourism South Africa Thulani Nzima on Friday said the recently issued travel warnings on the country, amidst the xenophobic attacks in Kwazulu-Natal and Johannesburg, have had a dire effect the industry. Among the countries submitting travel warnings were Australia’s High Commission, and the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region Government also issued a tourism advisory which warned residents, who intend to visit South Africa, to monitor the situation and exercise caution. Nzima said the travel warnings are exaggerated and not a true reflection of South Africa.

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  • Child actor of 'Everybody loves Raymond' commits suicide

    Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role as one of twin sons in the US sitcom

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  • South African Shops Boycotted

    Lilongwe/Blantyre — In the wake of a boycott call by the Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA), of South African shops and businesses, major South African outlets like Game, PEP and Shoprite closed shops in Blantyre and Lilongwe. This despite a seemingly stuttering start in Malawi's Capital, Lilongwe earlier in the morning as Shoprite and other shops remained opened before eventually closing later.

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  • South Africa: Tension Brews Between Nigeria, South Africa

    Tensions are brewing between Africa's two main powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, with the Nigerian Senate calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for his alleged role in inciting the deadly violence that has rocked cities like Durban and Johannesburg. Nigerian civil-society groups and social network activists have reacted with horror to graphic images of foreigners being harrassed, stabbed and set ablaze in broad daylight in South Africa. The Nigerian Senate jumped in the fray on Wednesday, calling on the ICC to investigate Zwelithini, who last month reportedly compared foreigners to "lice" who should leave the country. The violence in South Africa is condemnable, according to Senator-elect Shehu Sani, who is with the All Progressives' Congress.

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  • WATCH: Passenger describes the Metro Bus crash

    At least 65 people were injured, 5 in critical condition, with 3 people still trapped in one of the buses which collided head-on in Jan Smuts Avenue this morning. The driver of the single decker bus is also still trapped, the City of Johannesburg said in an updated statement about the accident. The ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said emergency service personnel are working to try and rescue the man. The two metro buses collided while travelling at Jan Smuts drive this morning causing heavy traffic delays.

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  • Maimane’s no Zille, says Malema - Special Features | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA EFF leader Julius Malema did not hold back on his thoughts about Mmusi Maimane during an interview. Durban - Asked if the DA’s parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, would make a good leader of the party, Julius Malema said in an interview on Gagasi FM on Thursday night that it was for the DA to decide, but he had his reservations. “I think Mmusi can make a very good principal; he’s not a politician … We are over the moon as the EFF because we won’t have serious competition – from Helen to Mmusi? “It is the fastest-growing political party in the country,” he said, adding that this would be made easier by the pending departure of DA leader Helen Zille.

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  • Blue Ivy pushed Tina Knowles to re-marry | The New Age Online

    "In September we went on a boat with Beyonce and Jay-Z and when we came out one night dressed to go to dinner, Blue said, 'Oh, you all look beautiful. Richard said, 'Oh, Blue, soon. Tina and Richard tied the knot on Sunday, April 12 on a super yacht cruising around Newport Beach, California.

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  • 10 foreign drug convicts face firing squad in Indonesia

    Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison ahead of the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday. Among the convicted drug offenders set to face the firing squad are nationals from Australia, Brazil, France and Nigeria and the case has strained relations between the governments of those nations and Indonesia. Security was heightened on Friday at the prison island of Nusakambangan off the Javanese port of Cilacap, where the executions will take place.

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  • OPINION: Zuma responds to Couto's open letter

    In fact Mozambique became my second home and it remains my home. You are in pain as your letter indicates, because of the deaths of Mozambicans and the general attacks on foreign nationals in parts of our country. South Africans are also in pain because of the tragic and senseless killings of all seven persons in the past weeks. The reports we have received indicate that the attacks last week in Durban were sparked off by the conduct of an employer who fired South African workers who had gone on strike and employed workers from outside the country.

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  • Immigrants to Zuma: SA is our last hope

    Several representatives of immigrants on Friday requested President Jacob Zuma to intervene in efforts to regularise their stay and be integrated in the diverse South African community. Zuma spent five hours in a meeting with the leaders of the immigrants’ organisations at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria following rampant incidents of xenophobic violence in the country. Frank Ntwali of the Commission for Human Rights of Refugees said in his native Rwanda, democracy remains a mirage prompting millions to cross borders in search of security and safety. “We come to South Africa to complain but we cannot do it in our own countries.

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  • Nigeria: TB Joshua Likens Xenophobia in S'africa to Nigeria's Boko Haram

    One of Nigeria's popular clerics and and the general overseer of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), Temitope Balogun Joshua (T.B. Joshua), has condemned the xenophobic attack in South Africa, while likening it to the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram Islamic sect in Nigeria. In a message to South Africa in the facebook, the cleric called for peace and unity, stressing that each country has its own challenges. Joshua said to South Africans: "I cannot leave you without addressing my nation, South Africa, concerning the challenges you are facing.

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  • Meet The U.S. Citizens Charged With Trying To Join Or Help ISIS

    More and more American citizens are traveling abroad to join and fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Over the past two years, dozens of Americans have been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, many of whom the FBI discovered through their social media accounts declaring allegiance to the terrorist group. Pugh, who served in the U.S. Air Force, was indicted March 16 by a grand jury in Brooklyn on charges of attempting to provide material support to a terror organization. A few weeks later, in January, he allegedly tried to fly from Egypt to Turkey in an effort to get across the border into Syria to join ISIS.

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  • Israel denying Nzimande a visa creates ‘serious diplomatic problem’ - City Press

    The decision to deny Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a visa to travel to Palestine is “an anti-government protest by Israel”, Nzimande’s spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said. “This is not only an act against him, but also an act against him as a member of Cabinet, so by extension it’s an anti-government protest,” Nkwanyana told News24 yesterday.

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  • Used cars are still rare in China - IOL Motoring Industry News | IOL.co.za

    Used car lots are still a relatively rare sight in China but used vehicle sales are growing as the market matures. Shanghai - The vast majority of cars in the world's biggest vehicle market are purchased new, but a second-hand trade is beginning to emerge in China despite traditional buyer reluctance - and foreign manufacturers are hoping to benefit. In China one used car is sold for every four new vehicles, the opposite of Europe and the United States, where around three used cars are sold to every new one. At the same time there is a strong cultural preference for new items, rather than those tarnished by previous ownership, and without regulations, scepticism over the quality of used vehicles abounds.

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  • When Harry met Carrie... - IOL Tonight

    AP Britain's Prince Harry, right, reacts after shaking hands with kids who were holding up a sign reading 'Red Heads Rule' during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia on April 6, 2015. Britain's Prince Harry has a “cute” bottom according to a dominatrix who claims she kissed him in Las Vegas. Carrie Reichert, 43, has praised the 30-year-old royal's posterior after insisting she was part of a group of girls who joined the prince for a party in the penthouse suite of the Wynn Hotel in August 2012, shortly after which naked pictures of him were leaked online. In her book, 'In the Eye of the Royal Story', Carrie writes: “I couldn't help but notice how adorably cute his naked a** was as I followed the prince into his bedroom suite.

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  • Pacquiao’s speed gives him the edge - Boxing

    AP Manny Pacquiao s trainer Freddie Roach believes the Fillipino s superior hand speed gives him a decisive edge over Floyd Mayweather. Los Angeles - Superior hand speed will give Manny Pacquiao a decisive edge over American Floyd Mayweather in their heavily anticipated megafight in Las Vegas next week, says the Filipino southpaw's trainer Freddie Roach.

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  • Nigeria: Super Rich Nigerians, Others Spend U.S.$900 Million On Property in UK

    Wealthy Africans are investing in some of London's most upscale real estate properties with some reportedly spending as much as $37 million on houses alone. Property experts, Mayfair, Kensington and Chelsea say African investment in London is set to grow as the industry is now welcoming a new wave of African investors.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Admits Failure

    DURING his state visit to South Africa recently President Robert Mugabe painted a gloomy picture of the state of Zimbabwe's economy to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, as the country reached a milestone 35 years of Independence, it has emerged. In meetings with Zuma, South African ministers and senior government officials held in Pretoria, Mugabe was to the amazement of his hosts candid on the state of the economy, which he said was in dire straits. Top South African and Zimbabwean sources, who attended the meetings in South Africa said Mugabe painted a "very bleak" picture of the economy, shocking Zuma and his ministers who had apparently underestimated the severity of the economic crisis.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobia - Gani Adams Visits South Africa

    National Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, on Thursday, paid a solidarity visit to Nigerians living in South Africa in a move intended to assure them of protection over the spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country. Receiving Adams and his entourage, Nigeria's ambassador to South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, revealed that some Nigerians who were target of the attacks had had their businesses disrupted.

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  • 9 Pictures That Will Make You See The Universe Differently

    It's the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary on April 24. Time to learn more about how space pictures are made.

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