• Mohau Pheko regrets faking doctorate

    South Africa's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, told the SABC on Friday she regrets saying she has a doctoral degree, when she does not. Pheko claimed she received her PhD from the American La Salle University in 2000. Pheko told the SABC the university was promoted as legitimate and that she had registered at it, but it closed before she could be awarded her doctorate. Pheko joins the list of South African public officials who have fraudulently claimed to have certain academic qualifications.

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  • US vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John' - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group. Washington - President Barack Obama's administration has pledged to kill or capture the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who is pictured in videos beheading several hostages including Americans. Attorney General Eric Holder said on CNN the United States “wouldn't put anything off the table,” including sending military troops, to “hunt” the man.

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  • Zuma, a burden to ANC and society - South Africans must demand the best in office

    The question was not answered, for the column sought mainly to illustrate that South Africa is in the throes of serious political problems. The pandemonium that broke out at the State of the Nation Address (Sona) brings back Popper's question like a ghost that will not stop haunting the living until they meet all its demands. Here it is: a morally and intellectually compromised leader of a political party is a burden not only to his party, but to society as a whole. Eugene Terre'Blanche was a leader of the AWB, but he was a burden for the rest of South Africa.

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  • IEC commissioner resign

    IEC commissioner Raenette Taljaard has resigned, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

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  • Zimbabwe child minder jailed for 22 year

    Violet Moyo, 22, killed infant Ethan Phiri in a "cruel and brutal manner", Bulawayo High Court Judge Lawrence Kamocha ruled. "Time has come for such people to be dealt with in a harsh and adequate manner," he was quoted as saying.

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  • EFF to begin massive land occupation campaign

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will begin a massive land occupation campaign in the City of Tshwane next week and will hold meetings with communities on how this will transpire over the next two days.

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  • Botswana: Short Hair Takes Centre Stage

    For many decades, many black women sternly believed that stretched, straightened and tightly curled hair defined their beauty. Natural hair as a result has continuously suffered denigration linked with backwardness, lack of taste and blindness in the look-good arena. Not anymore, most modern and trendy black women are redefining the boundaries. A fashion artist and co-founder of GaTsh Fros, Tsholo Dikobe agrees that more women have found a new sense of confidence which has its roots in African lifestyle and culture.

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  • Nigeria coach laments ‘slave contract’ - Soccer

    Coach Stephen Keshi has said a new deal offered him by Nigeria amounted to a “slave contract”. A debate has raged whether 52-year-old Keshi should be given a new contract after he failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

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  • Not the freshest prince around - IOL Tonight

    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Will Smith arrives at the world premiere of "Focus" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. Will Smith thinks Denzel Washington is a "sexy man". The 'Focus' actor - who has children Trey, 22, from a previous relationship, and Jaden, 16, and Willow, 14, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith - finds it "weird" that people think he is sexy and insists there are other actors who are much more hunky. "When I think sexy, I look at Denzel [Washington]...Now that's a sexy man!

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  • De Villiers smashes 162 to drive South Africa to 408-5

    AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday. The Proteas skipper utilised his full repertoire of strokes in an awesome display of batting, peppering the boundaries at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground with eight sixes and 17 fours in a 104-minute innings that will live long in the memory. South Africa were desperate to kickstart their campaign after their 130-run defeat to India and De Villiers had given them every chance of doing so by the time he walked of the field.

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  • China denies Pelindaba break-in claim - South Africa | IOL News

    China has strongly denied that it was responsible for a violent break-in and theft at South Africa’s Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre near Pretoria in 2007. According to one of the many top secret State Security Agency (SSA) reports leaked to the media network Al Jazeera, China’s aim was to steal technology to gain advantage in a new kind of nuclear power generation.

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  • South Africa: The Art of Persuasion - Vusi Pikoli's Great New Adventure in Zilleland

    Former national director of public prosecutions, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, is accustomed to finding himself in heavy-duty political crossfire. In December he relocated to Cape Town to take up a pioneering position as the country's first police ombudsman. For the past few weeks a local radio station has been running adverts for the newly created office of the police ombudsman in the Western Cape, the first of its kind in the country. The ombud himself, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, has done the friendly voiceovers inviting members of the public to pop in at his offices on the sixth floor of the Waldorf Building just off Greenmarket Square or to call with any complaints or queries.

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  • Mexico captures most wanted drug lord - World News | IOL News

    EPA A file picture released by Secretary Office of Public Security (SSP) of Mexico on 06 August 2009 and made available on 27 February 2015 of Servando Gomez Martinez, aka 'La Tuta', leader of criminal organization of Los Caballeros Templarios (The Templar Knights). Mexico City - Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, police said on Friday, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.

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  • Outspoken Putin critic shot dead - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A photo and flowers are placed at the site where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near the Kremlin in central Moscow. Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. The death of Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, ignited a fury among opposition figures who assailed the Kremlin for creating an atmosphere of intolerance of any dissent and called the killing an assassination.

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  • EFF to tackle Nkandla, NPA in Zuma question session - City Press

    The Economic Freedom Fighters will ask President Jacob Zuma about the impact of his own legal woes on the criminal justice system when he appears in the National Assembly next month, according to an order paper released yesterday. It will return to the Nkandla controversy, but in a question to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a two-part question scheduled for March 11, EFF leader Julius Malema will ask Zuma to respond to perceptions that institutions are being destabilised to shield him from prosecution for corruption. “In light of the challenges experienced by the criminal justice institutions under his leadership, the uncertainty surrounding the future of the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, the fact that the Special Investigating Unit is without a head, and the future of the Hawks’ leader which is now under threat, what is he doing to ensure that there is stability in these units?” reads the question, according to the order paper.

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  • Italy defeat Scotland in Six Nations

    Italy defeated Scotland 22-19 in a Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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  • It’s spy v spy in SA-Russia saga - Politics | IOL News

    YOUTUBE A screengrab from an Al Jazeera YouTube clip that suggests a version of WikiLeaks that applies to South Africa. Cape Town - South African intelligence agencies appear to be spying on each other in Russia, according to a top-secret report from the State Security Agency (SSA), which is among the many classified documents leaked to Al Jazeera. The report says the SSA is relying on an agent in Russia for details of a joint satellite surveillance project between the two countries.

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  • Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa Suspects in Another Freedom Bid

    The Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip yesterday made a fourth bid for freedom arguing that the State was infringing on their constitutional right to be tried within a reasonable time. Edmund and Philip, who are accused of being the main characters behind the shadowy Facebook blog Baba Jukwa, are facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected Government and undermining the authority of the President. The brothers, through their lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, accused the State of always postponing the matter under the guise of conducting extra territorial investigations. Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira sought a further postponement of the matter to March 30 on the basis that there were some extra territorial investigations that were yet to be conducted.

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  • Oil set for biggest monthly gain since 2009

    Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fear of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. A reduction in rig counts and expectation for better oil demand have helped Brent prices rise by about 15% so far in February from January’s close of $52.99. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after discovering cracks in the platform’s flare tower.

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