• 'We've found another Earth'

    Not only is this planet in the "Goldilocks zone" - where life can exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water - its star looks like an older cousin of our sun, the space agency said. Known as Kepler 452b, the planet was detected by the agency's Kepler Space Telescope, which has hunted for worlds like ours since 2009. "Kepler 452b is orbiting a close cousin of our sun, but one that is 1.5 billion years older," it said. If the planet is rocky, and the scientists believe that it has a better than even chance of being just that, then it could be in the midst of a fearful scenario, as the heat from its dying star evaporates Kepler 452b's lakes and oceans.

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  • Petrol price shocker in pipeline - IOL Business

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA If the price of petrol drops in August, there'll be little for South African consumers to celebrate, warns the AA. Johannesburg - A pending decrease in the price of fuel is good news for heavily indebted consumers, although the cheer may be short-lived, according to debt management company Debt Rescue. CEO Neil Roets says consumers must be aware that other economic indicators remained largely negative. According to the Central Energy Fund’s latest official update, the price of petrol could drop by 29c a litre from next Wednesday, after increasing on July 1 by between 41c and 44c.

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  • Nigeria: UK Announces New Immigration Rules, Welcomes Legitimate Applicants

    The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday expressed its readiness to welcome only travellers who have legitimate purposes and who will not cause harm or seek to abuse the country's immigration system. Speaking at a media interview on visa services in Nigeria yesterday in Lagos, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Lagos, Ray Kyles, said Nigeria is the fourth largest nationality in terms of total UK visa application and that six per cent of the global demand for a UK visa was from legitimate Nigerians.

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  • TV star at war with SABC over dress code

    Weather anchor Lebo Dlamini says she has not returned to work after maternity leave because her boss at the SABC insists on vetting her attire before she goes on air. A familiar face for millions of SABC1 viewers, Dlamini has been a Ndebele weather presenter for the past three years. “I cannot be made to go to the man’s office and show him how I am dressed every day,” protested Dlamini.

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  • Outpouring of affection for Oscar - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    In 20 days, Pistorius will walk out of the Kgosi Mumpuru prison in Pretoria. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. In June, Correctional Services officials confirmed Pistorius would be releasedinto house arrest on August 21 after having spent less than a year behind bars.

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  • Nigeria: Eagles Job - Why I Changed My Mind - Oliseh

    Super Eagles' new coach, Sunday Oliseh, has told fifa.com that Nigerians made up his mind on taking on the responsibility of becoming the coach to replace Stephen Keshi. "When I came into Nigeria to have talks, I came out of the airport and I knew there was no going back because all the way from the airport, my countrymen where saying: 'You have to take the job, you have to take the job.' So I did," he said. Oliseh has since signed a three-year contract with the task of getting Nigeria to the Nations Cup semi-finals and then to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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  • South Africans scramble to re-apply for hijacked UK visas

    It's understood that about 200 people applying for United Kingdom (UK) visas lost their personal documents when a courier truck transporting them was held up by three men, one of whom was wearing a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) uniform.

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  • South Africa: Operation "Fiela" in Full Swing in Cape Town CBD

    A crime fighting approach popularly known as Operation "Fiela" started early this morning (Thursday 2015-07-30) in the Cape Town CBD area where different government departments, including the police, deployed in full strength to ensure that they rid the streets of Cape Town of any criminal activities and elements. The assembly point of the operation was at the Cape Town Stadium where the role-players, which included the Cape Town Cluster police, Border Police, Public Order Police and the Firearm Liquor and Second Hand Goods component, gathered together with other law enforcement, Metro police, Traffic, Department of Community as well as SARS, Social Development, Immigration and Home Affairs members. At about 09:30 the forces moved to the Station Deck, Grand Parade, Long Street and St George's Mall, where they stopped and searched many community members in the streets of Cape Town.

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  • Donald Trumps calls South Africa 'a very dangerous mess'

    Donald Trump as taken to Twitter to voice his opinion on what is currently making headlines in South African news.

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  • Mario barred from Reds first-team - Premier League

    Reuters Mario Balotelli has been told he has no future with Liverpool and the striker is training away from the first-team squad. Mario Balotelli has been told he has no future with Liverpool and the striker is training away from the first-team squad along with Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique, whom the club are also looking to offload this summer. Balotelli, 24, was not on the pre-season tour to Thailand, Australia and Malaysia, and neither has he been included in the squads for the friendly games against HJK Helsinki in Finland tomorrow or Swindon Town on Sunday.

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  • Canada pastor ‘confesses to all crimes’ - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS Hyeon Soo Lim speaks during a news conference in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 30, 2015. Seoul - The head pastor of one of Canada's largest congregations who has been detained by North Korea since February appeared before media in Pyongyang and confessed to crimes aimed at overthrowing the state, the North's official news agency said on Friday. The KCNA news agency said Hyeon Soo Lim, of the 3 000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, “honestly admitted to all crimes” he was accused of committing.

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  • Nigeria: Power Transmission Hits 4662MW

    The Federal Government said, Wednesday that power transmission from the national grid has increased to 4662 megawatts.

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  • Nigerian Varsities Fail Global Ranking, Again

    Nigeria performed poorly in the latest global ranking of universities, with none of its ivory towers making the world's top 1,000 universities. The United States alone has eight universities in the top 10, with Harvard University ranking first as the world's best higher institution. It is followed by Stanford University in the second position and Massachusetts Institute of Technology coming third. While Cambridge and oxford universities in the United Kingdom ranked 4th and 5th, universities of Columbia, California, Chicago, Princeton, and Cornell University all in the US, came 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th in the ranking.

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  • Zim couple approach SA embassy to reverse travel ban

    A Zimbabwean couple has approached the South African embassy in Harare seeking a reversal of the one year travel prohibition imposed on them by Home Affairs officials at the Beitbridge border post. “On July 17, Sithobekile, who has a history of cardiac related ailments, collapsed. “That led to our ban from South Africa as we arrived two hours after June 27 ended,” he said.

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  • South Africa: A Letter From Johannesburg, After the Xenophobia Died Down

    Coming back to Johannesburg after months of absence feels a little surreal. The city and the people are pretty much the same, the multiple languages I'd hear on my daily commute are still spoken as loudly as before, but Johannesburg feels different. Then, Emmanuel Josias (aka Sithole), a Mozambican migrant, had just been brutally murdered in Jeppestown. On the Zimbabwe hotline, we heard that a group of South Africans had allegedly poured petrol on two Zimbabweans in Alexandra township.

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  • EFF items burnt over Malema's 'dictatorship'

    Enraged Economic Freedom Fighters in Limpopo yesterday allegedly burnt party paraphernalia in a protest against what they called ‘dictatorship’ of their leader Julius Malema. The items included a poster bearing Malema’s face and what appeared to be T-shirts, overalls and CDs of EFF’s struggle songs. Junior told Saturday Citizen the items were burnt by disgruntled EFF members somewhere in the Vhembe district in Limpopo. “People defend Malema unnecessarily.

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  • Jimmy Tau hands over R200,000 lobolo for wealthy girlfriend

    A celebration in honour of Tau and his girlfriend, Sizakele Manonga apparently took place in the lavish suburb of Pretoria East two weeks ago. The family bash was to celebrate Tau finishing off lobola for Manonga whom he got engaged to a few months ago. According to Sunday Sun, Tau paid the hefty amount to the Manonga family who are known for their immense wealth - they own a mansion with fourteen bedrooms on a private estate and are in possession of more than 30 German cars.

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  • Michel Platini's FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa

    A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies. "Platini would not represent change, he has been a FIFA vice-president for eight years. Bility had declared his own candidacy but is expected to find it difficult to obtain the nomination of at least five associations that he needs to get on the ballot for next February's election.

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  • Plane debris identified as Boeing 777 - World News | IOL News

    Malaysian authorities confirmed on Friday that plane wreckage washed up on an Indian Ocean island was from a Boeing 777, meaning the part is almost certainly from missing flight MH370. The debris, part of a plane wing, could provide the first tangible clue towards unlocking the mystery surrounding the doomed Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared without trace in March last year with 239 people on board. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. The Malaysia Airlines flight was one of only three Boeing 777s to have been involved in major incidents, along with the downing of the MH17 over Ukraine last year and the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport in 2013 that left three dead.

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