• Teen Allegedly Urged Friend To Kill Himself, Then Tweeted How Much She Missed Him

    Moments before 18-year-old Conrad Roy was going to kill himself last summer, he had second thoughts and climbed out of his running truck. The message allegedly came from Michelle Carter, who police now say sent Roy a series of texts in the last days of his life encouraging him to commit suicide. Roy apparently listened; police later found him dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. In a report, police said that before dying, Roy told Carter “he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family,” the Sun Chronicle reported.

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  • Community Post: 8 Important Life Lessons We Learned From Nicki Minaj Songs

    Beneath her eccentric style and suggestive lyrics, there are some valuable life lessons to be found.

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  • Jihadi John tried to enter SA

    According to British media, Emwazi was arrested as he tried to force his way past a security checkpoint onto a Johannesburg-bound flight without a passport. Emwazi has beheaded several Islamic State hostages over the past year. It is reported that at the time of his arrest in Tanzania he was with two members of Somalia-based Islamic terrorist organisation al-Shabab: Bilal Berjawi and Mohamed Sakr. It is not clear why Emwazi wanted to fly to Johannesburg.

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  • Tide turning against Zuma in KZN - Politics | IOL News

    For the first time in nearly nine years KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC’s biggest and most powerful province, appears to be fragmented and patchy, its closely-guarded unity having all but vanished. Gone are the days when KwaZulu-Natal jumped hurdle after hurdle in ensuring the tsunami that is President Jacob Zuma entrenched all political hegemony. With all 11 regions having held their conference and the eThekwini region emerging under murky conditions, it has become a known secret that the tide is turning. Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala is known to be a Zuma man, but he is haplessly watching his grip slip as rebellion takes form.

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  • Malema supporters take over EFF in KZN

    Several Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members, who were among the founding leaders of the party in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have been ousted from their positions following a hastily convened provincial elective assembly where they were replaced by supporters of party leader Julius Malema amid accusations of vote rigging and flouting of processes. Members of the media who had waited the entire day for proceedings to begin on Saturday had to leave after EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu told them the opening session was not open to the media. The most important thing for us is that the assembly went very well,” said Vukani Ndlovu, who was elected new EFF leader in KZN.

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  • SA’s US ambassador in new ‘dodgy degree’ drama - City Press

    South Africa’s new ambassador to Washington, DC, Mninwa Mahlangu, has set tongues wagging in the US after it emerged that he may have received his distance-learning degree from an unaccredited institution. Mahlangu has, however, insisted his qualification is solid. In his official short bio, submitted for the ambassadorial position – Mahlangu’s first – he counts a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Fairfax in 1995 as among his qualifications. The Louisiana-based Fairfax University was established in 1986 and discontinued in 2004 when, according to Wikipedia, it relocated to the Cayman Islands.

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  • 21 Reasons Justin Bieber Is The Sexiest Man On This Goddamn Planet

    HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY, YOU SEXY THANG.

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  • Vavi will not attend Cosatu CEC - Politics | IOL News

    Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi took to Twitter on Monday to say he would not attend the federation's central executive committee (CEC) meeting. “I will not join the COSATU CEC - I don't believe going ahead with half of the unions refusing to participate is the best way to unify,” Vavi tweeted at 7.25am. Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said he had heard that Vavi and eight federation affiliates would not attend the CEC but said he could not really comment.

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  • SAA chief in fake e-mails drama - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Private investigator Paul O’Sullivan this week tried to get the chairwoman of South African Airways to resign from her position using fake documents. The Sunday Independent is in possession of fake overseas bank statements and e-mail communication between Dudu Myeni, her lawyers and O’Sullivan, which show the famed investigator demanding her resignation based on fake overseas bank documents. O’Sullivan, who is credited with several corruption-busting investigations – including the conviction of the late former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi – accused Myeni of having received millions of rand from illegal deals involving an SAA tender and the Gauteng e-tolls contract.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Vows to Expel More White Farmers

    WHITE farmers still occupying pieces of land in the country must brace for more farm seizures after President Robert Mugabe revealed Saturday his government was investigating how many of them survived the violent and anti-white land seizures since 2000. No. We are now equipped with skills," Mugabe told thousands of guests to the lavish celebrations for his 91st birthday held at Victoria Falls on Saturday. The veteran leader further said his government may consider reducing the size of some farms owned by black beneficiaries to benefit upcoming generations of youths who need to go into farming. Mugabe singled out ousted Zanu PF Mashonaland East chair Ray Kaukonde for allegedly harbouring more than 160 white farmers in the agriculturally rich province.

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  • Middle class must save itself from collapse - City Press

    This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5 000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces. Last week, City Press reported on a government tender requesting private companies to help tackle the massive debt burden of civil servants. An increase in personal tax, sin taxes, the fuel levy, e-tolls and petrol over the next few months following this year’s budget speech will stretch the already burdened middle class even further. This is a sign that life is becoming increasingly tough for the middle class in South Africa.

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  • Will Smith Has Come Back Down To Earth

    Two years ago, Will Smith faced something he’d never experienced before: an unforgiving box office belly flop. Not only did After Earth open in third place with just $27.5 million — a pittance for a sci-fi adventure with a reported $130 million budget — but it opened up Smith and his son and co-star Jaden Smith to a degree of unrelenting ridicule that the elder Smith had astutely avoided since he catapulted to stardom in 1995’s Independence Day. The movie did earn a face-saving $183.3 million overseas, maintaining Smith’s reputation as a global box office draw. Instead, the movie suggests a kind of new normal for Smith, neither a return to his 2000s height as the world’s biggest movie star, nor a collapse into the sad swamp of Hollywood has-beens.

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  • Nigeria: Military Liberates Gulak, Others - Closes in On Shekau

    The military on Friday made further gains in its offensive against the terrorist Boko Haram sect by routing them from Bara, the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. This is coming on the heels of reports that the military is fast closing in on the dreaded leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, whose double had been reported killed twice since the declaration of the States of Emergency in 2013. On the same day, President Goodluck Jonathan expressed confidence that Nigerian troops would sustain the momentum built up in the ongoing full scale operations against the terrorists Boko Haram sect.

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  • ‘Jihadi John was a cold loner’ - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS A masked militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, stands next to a man purported to be Steven Sotloff in this still image. Newly released emails written by the man known as “Jihadi John” have revealed that he harboured a sense of paranoia and sympathies for a jailed scientist linked to al-Qaeda in the years before he was identified as the killer on Isis videos in Syria. The troubled state of mind of Mohammed Emwazi was revealed in an email to a former Independent journalist in which he said he suspected that he had unwittingly sold his laptop via the online sales site Gumtree to an undercover MI5 agent because the buyer knew his first name. “I never told this person my first name!!” he said in an email to the journalist Robert Verkaik who was investigating claims that he was being harassed by MI5.

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  • I felt like a kid - Mourinho - Soccer Cup Competitions

    AP Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt like a kid after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt “like a kid” after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. A deflected John Terry strike and a Kyle Walker own goal gave Chelsea a 2-0 win at a rain-soaked Wembley on Sunday and earned Mourinho his third success in the competition after two triumphs during his first spell as the west London club's manager.

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  • Zimbabwe: Uebert Angel - From Grace to Grass

    Flamboyant and sharp tongued, Prophet Angel made his way into the public glare in 2011, championing the gospel of prosperity. The tall and lanky prophet, who dressed with a flourish, quickly became one of the most sought after prophets locally and regionally. Fondly referred to as "Papa" or "Major" by his congregants at Spirit Embassy, the youthful prophet - whose collection of flashy cars endeared him to the youthful group in his church - was unapologetic about his boastful tirades. Brash and just as captivating as her husband, Beverly - who is the co-founder and vice-president and overseer of Spirit Embassy - soon had the masses eating right out of her dainty hands.

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  • The SA men in Islamic State - South Africa | IOL News

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  • Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF and the CIO Desperate to Infiltrate the MDC

    It is beyond debate that Morgan Tsvangirai is the most popular political leader in Zimbabwe at the moment. In similar measure, it is also indisputable that the MDC that he leads is the largest and most supported political party in Zimbabwe. Because Robert Mugabe and the moribund and ragtag Zanu PF political outfit that he leads are acutely aware of the massive and breath - taking mass appeal and popularity of Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC, the CIO and all other organs of the Zanu PF regime have been specifically tasked to inflict maximum damage on the Tsvangirai brand and also to infiltrate and destabilise the MDC. Hence, the relentless onslaught by the Zanu PF - controlled media to fabricate false and malicious stories about Tsvangirai's personal life as well as the ceaseless campaign to infiltrate the MDC structures in order to cause panic, confusion, alarm and despondency.

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  • Ghana/Nigeria: FIFA Stops Ghana, Nigeria Friendly

    World football governing body (FIFA) has cancelled the proposed international friendly duel between the Nigeria's Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana this month in London. FIFA said that it is against their regulations which states that no country should play two games across two continents in three days. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier announced that the Super Eagles would play Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo, and then take on the Black Stars on 29 March in London, but the friendly has now been scuttled.

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