• S.Africa's Zuma booed at election rally

    Disgruntled residents in a small South African town booed President Jacob Zuma Wednesday during an election campaign of the ruling ANC three weeks ahead of general polls, according to a report. Rally-goers reacted angrily while Zuma -- under fire for multimillion-dollar state-paid renovations to…

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    • Madonsela Causes Stir On Twitter

      A tweet by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela questioning those who “discuss and distort” her findings into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla home while expecting her to keep silent, has sparked a debate on social networking platform, Twitter, with some calling for Madonsela to…

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      • Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine

        MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program:

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        • South Korea Ferry: How Can a Huge Ship Sink?

          The sudden sinking of a ferry carrying 475 passengers off South Korea's southern coast brings up the question: How can a large, modern passenger ship just sink? But from the sinking of the South Korean ferry to the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia to the Titanic, disasters do occur. What…

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          • PFA Awards nominees named

            The Professional Footballers' Association have revealed the shortlists for their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

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            • Nel tears into defence's expert

              State prosecutor Gerrie Nel worked to discredit one of the defence's expert witnesses in the trial of Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday. Pistorius stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and after the athlete spent a week being grilled by Nel under cross-examination, on…

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              • Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

                President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering…

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                • Strike-hit South Africa platinum miners unveil new pay offer

                  The new terms would raise the total pay and benefits for an underground miner at the Implats, Amplats and Lonmin companies by 7.5-10.0 percent a year on average. The total remuneration package would rise to 12,500 rand ($1,188, 860 euros) a month by July 2017, marking a significantly bigger…

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                  • Wits To Discontinue Undergrad Law Degree

                    A lack of maturity and awareness in students, a low pass rate, and difficulties entering the legal profession has resulted in the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) deciding to discontinue the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from next year, said Wits spokesperson, Buhle Zuma, on…

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                    • Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

                      CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

                      • Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

                        By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them. The armed forces said…

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                        • City of Cape Town Too White – Ehrenreich

                          If the ANC wins in the Western Cape more than half the white civil servants must be sacked, said trade union federation Cosatu’s provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich. He said Cosatu, the ruling ANC’s alliance partner, will lobby the ANC to ensure this is done. In an interview with the Cape Argus…

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                          • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

                            WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.

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                            • Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

                              PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of…

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                              • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

                                Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation. Mom, I love you," one student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely…

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                                • Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

                                  Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research. The bullish response, which could see harpoon ships back in the Southern Ocean next year, sets…

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                                  • Arrest warrant sought for S. Korea ferry captain

                                    South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants Friday for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized two days before with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said. The captain and most of his 28 crew managed to escape the ferry, and have been criticised for…

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                                    • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

                                      The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin…

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                                      • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

                                        CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.

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