• Judge frees Ronald Reagan's would-be killer Hinckley

    In addition to former president Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr’s attack wounded three other people. Ronald Reagan John Hinckley Jr NEW YORK - John Hinckley Jr, who wounded former US president Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by his obsession with actress Jodie Foster, can be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. US District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley, 61, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a 1982 trial, no longer posed a danger to himself or others.  He said Hinckley could be released from St Elizabeth’s, a government psychiatric hospital in Washington, as soon as 5 August,

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  • Nigeria: Govt Urged to Ban Tomato Paste Importation

    The President, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Nike Akande, has called on the federal government to support local production of tomato pastes in Nigeria, pointing out that this would help the country attain self-sufficiency in food production and boost local consumption. Also, NLC scribe cum Secretary General of the Textile Workers' Union, Issa Aremu, has urged the federal government to ban the importation of tomato paste into the country. The duo made the call during the unveiling of Erisco Foods Innovation Tomato Processing Technology in Lagos. The equipment converts dry and fresh tomatoes into finished products. Akande said that agriculture can play a vital role in

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  • South Africa: Image of Man Pointing at Tornado Goes Viral

    A brief history of tornadoes in South Africa The icy weather that has gripped vast swathes of the country over the last few days is extraordinary. From flooded CBD streets and severely damaged informal settlements in Durban, to snow-capped peaks in the Drakensberg and now, a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africans find themselves talking about the weather with great gusto. And from the noise on social media you would think tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country. In reality, while rare, tornadoes are not exceptional. While it is difficult to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many tornadoes have been experienced in the country, tornados are said to usually occur in Gauteng, the

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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Zimbabwe: Soldiers Receive July Salaries

    Soldiers received their July salaries on Monday as Government started paying its workers' salaries for this month. In interviews, soldiers confirmed Government had honoured its promise to pay them. "We received our salaries today and we are happy that the Government honoured its promise. We hope that efforts are being made to ensure that our salaries are paid on time every month," said a soldier who requested anonymity. The Government released the civil servants' pay dates for July last week. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe would be paid yesterday followed by the health sector tomorrow. She said the Zimbabwe Republic

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Denel wins Gupta business rescue case - Business News

    Johannesburg - Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue brought by LMT Holdings, a Denel subsidiary, was dismissed with costs by the same court on Tuesday due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting their application. LMT is a local vehicle engineering and manufacturing company that is 51 percent-owned and supported by Denel. In a statement, Denel said the applicants failed to put before the court and the respondents a replying

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  • Nigeria: Keshi's Final Burial Rites Begin

    Final burial rites for late Nigerian Captain and Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, will start in Benin City, Edo State tomorrow morning even as funds have hampered plans by the Federal Government to give him a heroic burial. The Federal Government has now said it will play its own part for the late soccer icon's burial after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games because of a combination of factors. "We don't want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot, that is why the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the FG will play its own part after the Olympics", declared a top sports ministry source. The Keshi family is however going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a Church Service on Thursday, July 28 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am.

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

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  • Southern Africa: Swazi King Prepares Lavish SADC Summit As Population Starves

    The next SADC summit takes place in Swaziland in August - at great cost to the Swazi taxpayer. The money would be better spent on providing desperately needed food for the country's long-suffering population. By MANQOBA NXUMALO. Next month, Swaziland will host the 36th Southern African Development Commuinty (SADC) Heads of State summit, with King Mswati III set to take over as chairman of the regional body. In Swazi media King Mswati's ascendance as chairman of SADC is hailed as historic mainly because ever since the regional bloc was established in 1992, Swaziland has never occupied the chairmanship role. King Mswati is currently deputising for the current chairman, Botswana's Ian Khama, and

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  • Zimbabwe: Woman Assaults Ex-Hubby Over HIV Infection

    A Harare woman reportedly assaults her former husband for infecting her with HIV, a civil court has heard. The woman allegedly harasses her ex-husband and his second wife over the treatment of their positive nine-year-old daughter. The man, who was seeking a protection order against his ex-wife over alleged threats to disfigure him and throw him out of their Glen View home, told magistrate Mr Trevor Nyatsanza that she abuses him each time she visits. "At one point I even slept in the toilet because she was denying me access to the house," he said, adding, "I am now living in fear as she promised to fix and harm me." He also told the court that the abuses started over issues about having their nine-year-old daughter on HIV treatment.

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  • Johnny Depp delaying divorce: report

    Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce. The 'Magic Mike XXL' star has accused her estranged husband of obstructing her request to end their marriage by insisting she signs a non-disclosure agreement before he submits documents about his financial status. In documents obtained by TMZ, Heard's legal team claim Depp is deliberately trying to stop the divorce from going ahead quickly and quietly after he told the 30-year-old actress there would be a $100 000 fine for every time any financial information was leaked. The pair are also reportedly squabbling on a date for Amber's deposition. His team has suggested two dates in August but Amber says she is unable to make it because she

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  • Real still in the hunt to sign Pogba

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs keen to acquire his services. Speaking ahead of his team's opening pre-season game against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, United States, Zidane said: “James is a Real Madrid player. “We have a very good squad, we have won with this team and James is just one more in the team. He will remain

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  • Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway US election

    "Anything is possible," Obama told NBC News in an interview broadcast on Tuesday when asked if the Russians would try to influence the November 8 election. Obama said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the leak on Friday of more than 19,000 DNC emails, which showed the committee had favored Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders for the party's presidential nomination. "I know that experts have attributed this to the Russians," Obama said. "What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems, not just government systems but private systems," he said. The email leak forced Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National

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