• Nigeria: 10-Year-Old Nigerian in UK Varsity

    Ten year old Esther Okade, one of UK's youngest students from Nigeria, has been accepted to start her maths degree at the Open University. Esther, who enrolled three weeks ago, is already top of her class, scoring 100 per cent in a recent test. Esther's mother, Efe, said the process of applying to the university was 'an interesting one because of her age. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.

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  • White widow’s SA plot revealed - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA British citizen Samantha Lewthwaite, who lived in South Africa under a false identity, is linked to planned suicide bombings in South Africa. Johannesburg - South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and foreign intelligence services foiled planned suicide bomb attacks by al-Qaeda in South Africa between 2007 and 2010, including one against a Jewish centre in Cape Town, according to secret SSA reports.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Reveals Secret to Long Life

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, said on Thursday that one of his secrets to a long life was "not filling my stomach". In a televised interview ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: "I do certain things that I believe sustain life. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it's attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full," the longtime Zimbabwean leader said. Mugabe's half sister, Regina Gata, recently confirmed her brother's disciplined habits, saying he neither smokes nor drinks.

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  • Nike ultimatum to Ronaldo: Drop your CR7 footwear range or lose contract

    Nike has forced Cristiano Ronaldo to withdraw his range of CR7 footwear and threatened to break off their contract with him.

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  • 'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos named by media

    In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have carried out the beheadings of hostages including Americans and Britons. The Washington Post said Emwazi was believed to have travelled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS. "His real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming," the Post said. In each beheading video, he is dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose.

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  • Nigeria: Please Don't Catch Shekau Alive!

    Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. It was obvious to me that, at last, the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, had woken up to the need to act decisively. Boko Haram was allowed to metamorphose from a band of rag-tag Islamist outlaws to a fierce multinational military force that abducted 219 girls from their boarding school and established a separatist enclave that consisted of no fewer than sixteen local government areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Some Northern leaders seemed overjoyed at the bloody "exploits" of Boko Haram though their own homeland and kinsmen were being decimated.

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  • Fransman belongs in jail

    This column is a plea to the African National Congress to desist from stoking the flames of anarchy. No sooner had we recovered from that spectacle, with the speaker and opposition members apologising to each other, when Marius Fransman and his followers obstructed the Western Cape provincial opening of parliament. Surely when the ANC allows its members to undermine our constitutional democracy, by using the minstrels as its shock troops, it embeds practices in the social fabric of the nation that will become second nature. Firstly, Marius Fransman should be in jail for allegedly appropriating National Lottery funds for the minstrels for party political purposes.

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  • Planned terror attack in South Africa foiled according to leaked spy documents

    The information arises from two State Security Agency presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained. According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism. During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London. The presentations stated that a financier arrested in April/May of 2011 said he was tasked by Al-Qaeda figure Harun Al Fadul, also known as Harun Fazul, to go to the United Arab Emirates and meet another person regarding the attack in South Africa.

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  • Zuma denies meeting EFF in Maputo - Special Features | IOL News

    President Jacob Zuma has for the first time officially denied meeting members of the EFF in Mozambique to negotiate their return to the ANC as has been alleged in recent weeks. In a written reply to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance on Thursday, Zuma denied attending a meeting at the Southern Sun Hotel in Maputo on 18 January this year, which was allegedly attended by EFF leaders.

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  • Pistorius to stop murder charge acquittal appeal

    Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has initiated a legal bid through his lawyers to stop prosecutors from appealing his acquittal on a murder charge relating to the fatal shooting of his model girlfriend Reeva SteenKamp. NPA spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi confirmed that the application would be heard by Judge Thokozile Masipa in the South Gauteng High Court on 13 March. Pistorius’ lawyer Brian Webber said the decision to apply for leave to appeal on Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling was because he believed she incorrectly allowed leave to appeal to the state. Webber said Masipa erred in allowing the appeal with regards to the matters of facts and law in the trial.

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  • Malema is ANC's role model

    Judging by the extent to which the ANC has been rattled by the emergence of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), one gets the feeling the ruling party has absolutely no clue how to deal with the apparent threat Juju and his bunch of self-styled revolutionaries pose to it’s support. ANC leaders mockingly refer to the EFF as a 6% party, in reference to the EFF’s performance in last year’s elections. During the debate on President Jacob Zuma’s chaotic State of the Nation address (Sona), the ANC’s chronic lack of creativity was laid bare when one of its MPs, Nocawe Mafu, said the “Western Cape is a broken province led by a broken premier, Helen Zille”.

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  • South African Islamic centres shocked by spy cables

    The principal of the country's oldest Islamic school was shocked to learn that the KwaZulu-Natal institution was mentioned in the Spy Cables. Ismail Akoo's voice shook when he said he had "no idea" how to deal with information that Darul Uloom Newcastle featured in a 2010 document titled Operational target analysis. The document states that in KwaZulu-Natal, a person, whose name has been blocked out, was running a special training camp for Muslim students. It goes on to state that the person stemmed from the school but was born in Cape Town.

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  • Then And Now: 13 Of The Men From Britney Spears Music Videos

    Ever wonder what happened to that shirtless guy from the Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know video? So did we!

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  • Zimbabwe: Gono Refuses to Pay 'Illegal' U.S $1.3 Million Car Debt

    FORMER central bank governor Gideon Gono acquired vehicles valued at $1,749 000 from a company called Oasis Motors in 2009 and paid in part, leaving a balance of $1,319 000. According to Oasis, the balance was supposed to be paid on January 31 2010. Gono allegedly failed to pay prompting Oasis to approach the courts for relief in January this year. In his defence, Gono has argued in papers before the High Court that at the time the deal was contracted charging in foreign currency was illegal.

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  • Leaked reports: SA terror plan foiled - Daily News | News

    AP Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the "white widow" by some news media. South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and foreign intelligence services foiled planned suicide bomb attacks by al-Qaeda in South Africa between 2007 and 2010, including one against a Jewish centre in Cape Town. This is revealed in secret SSA reports leaked to TV network Al Jazeera and published on its website. The planned attacks, one of which would have involved at least five suicide bombers, were linked to the so-called “white bomber”, Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as Natalie Faye Webb, a British citizen who is believed to have been involved in attacks by the Somali Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab in Kenya.

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  • AB’s over rate worry - Proteas Cricket

    The threat of a one-match ban for slow over rates is heaping extra pressure on Proteas skipper AB de Villiers. Sydney - The threat of a one-match ban for slow over rates is heaping extra pressure on AB de Villiers ahead of Friday's World Cup clash against West Indies, the South Africa skipper admitted on Thursday. De Villiers was fined 20 percent of his match fee after South Africa were found to be one over short of their target during their 130-run drubbing at the hands of India last Sunday. One more minor infraction by his team in any of their remaining matches will see the Proteas forced to play without their leader and top batsman for one game.

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  • SA gives BRICS port entry visa

    Business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa's BRICS partners --Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- are to receive a port of entry visa into South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. "... I have approved the issuance of port of entry visas to BRICS business executives for up to 10 years, with each visit not to exceed 30 days," he told the Cape Town Press Club.

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  • Stage 2 load shedding on the cards

    Eskom has anounced it's likely to implement stage two load shedding today. The power utility says today's load shedding comes as a result of maintenance being done on a fleet of generators and technicians are reportedly experiencing difficulty bringing the fleet back online. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "Our engineers have been trying very hard to restore some of the generating units of power stations but so far they've been unable to return them back to service. In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma said government was doing everything in its power to resolve the energy challenge.

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  • Now Bobbi’s aunt rushed to hospital - Tonight News

    AP Entertainer Bobby Brown,right, stands outside of Emory Hospital in Atlanta where his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is being treated, on February 5, 2015. London - Bobby Brown has postponed his upcoming tour so he can remain by his daughter's bedside. The 46-year-old singer was scheduled to perform three concerts in Australia next month, but has delayed the gigs until May while Bobbi Kristina Brown continues to "fight for her life" in hospital in Atlanta. The 21-year-old aspiring singer, whose mother is the late Whitney Houston, has been on life support since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in late January and her family are praying for a miracle.

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