• South Africa: Tension Brews Between Nigeria, South Africa

    Tensions are brewing between Africa's two main powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, with the Nigerian Senate calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for his alleged role in inciting the deadly violence that has rocked cities like Durban and Johannesburg. Nigerian civil-society groups and social network activists have reacted with horror to graphic images of foreigners being harrassed, stabbed and set ablaze in broad daylight in South Africa. The Nigerian Senate jumped in the fray on Wednesday, calling on the ICC to investigate Zwelithini, who last month reportedly compared foreigners to "lice" who should leave the country. The violence in South Africa is condemnable, according to Senator-elect Shehu Sani, who is with the All Progressives' Congress.

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  • Child actor of 'Everybody loves Raymond' commits suicide

    Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role as one of twin sons in the US sitcom

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  • Nzimande/Israel visa matter escalated | The New Age Online

    The matter of Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande refused a visa to enter Palestine, has been escalated to diplomatic level between Israel and South Africa.

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  • South Africans’ grievances are important too - IOL News

    REUTERS African immigrants carry machetes before being dispersed by police officers in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma responds to an open letter by Mozambican author Mia Couto about xenophobic attacks across South Africa. Cape Town - The grievances of South Africans must be balanced with the plight of refugees, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday as he responded to an open letter by Mozambican author and poet Mia Couto.

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  • Blue Ivy pushed Tina Knowles to re-marry | The New Age Online

    "In September we went on a boat with Beyonce and Jay-Z and when we came out one night dressed to go to dinner, Blue said, 'Oh, you all look beautiful. Richard said, 'Oh, Blue, soon. Tina and Richard tied the knot on Sunday, April 12 on a super yacht cruising around Newport Beach, California.

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  • We put DA hopefuls to the test - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Helen Zille will hand over the reins when a new leader is chosen on May 10. Independent Newspapers asked the two contenders for the DA leadership, Mmusi Maimane and Wilmot James, the same 10 questions. Maimane: The major question in this leadership election is what the future of the DA looks like, and who can take us there. James: The DA will choose a leader who is able to give the party clear strategic direction so that we can win more votes by focusing consistently and with vigour on the issues that concern all South Africans.

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  • Malawi: Another Malawian Dead in RSA Attacks On Foreigners

    Government says the number of Malawians dead in the ongoing attacks on foreigners in South Africa is now up to three, after reports from the Malawi's Embassy confirmed another one has died.

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  • Ethiopia: Ethiophobia, Afrophobia - a Shame

    Nelson Mandela was welcomed to Ethiopia with open arms during his time in exile. Now Ethiopians and other Africans are being murdered by the liberated South Africans. According to a BBC report, "kwerekwere" is a derogatory word in South Africa for African immigrants. In contrast, an article on Quartz says that white immigrants are treated differently, often referred to as "expats" or simply categorized as "tourists".

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  • Zimbabwe: Lobengula Descendant Condemns King Zwe's 'Comments'

    A DIRECT descendant of King Lobengula, Prince Peter Zwide Ka Langa Khumalo, has condemned the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in neighbouring South Africa. Speaking Thursday evening at the Bulawayo Press club for the first time since the eruption of the attacks Zwide Ka Langa Khumalo, who has got close links with the Zulu tribe, said he is against any xenophobic behavior and hate speeches that perpetrate violence among people. The violence, which has so far claimed more than 10 lives and displaced hundreds of foreigners, has been blamed on alleged statements by Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini that foreigners should leave South Africa.

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  • Where is Nigeria's Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau?

    Speculation over the whereabouts of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau are mounting following several months since his last appearance.

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia Set to Execute Drug Convicts, Including 4 Nigerians

    A foreign embassy official on Friday in Jakarta, said on condition of anonymity that Indonesia has concluded arrangements to execute several foreign drug convicts on Saturday, including four Nigerians. The official said some diplomats of the countries of the affected convicts have been requested to travel to Nusakambangan, the prison island off Java where the inmates are to be executed. A government official also said on condition of anonymity that authorities have ordered preparations for the execution of 10 death-row inmates, including two Australians that have been the subject of a high-profile campaign for clemency. Tony Spontana, spokesman for the Attorney General's office, confirmed that a letter, issued on Thursday by a deputy attorney general, told prosecutors to "prepare for and carry out the executions.

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  • Meet The U.S. Citizens Charged With Trying To Join Or Help ISIS

    More and more American citizens are traveling abroad to join and fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Over the past two years, dozens of Americans have been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, many of whom the FBI discovered through their social media accounts declaring allegiance to the terrorist group. Pugh, who served in the U.S. Air Force, was indicted March 16 by a grand jury in Brooklyn on charges of attempting to provide material support to a terror organization. A few weeks later, in January, he allegedly tried to fly from Egypt to Turkey in an effort to get across the border into Syria to join ISIS.

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  • South Africa: A Yard Full of Faeces

    The City of Cape Town has put out a tender to solve among others things the temporary storage facilities for cleaning bucket toilets also known as porta potties. Five months ago, GroundUp published an article - A house full of faeces - that alarmed many readers. Gernatte Jefferies, who is operations manager at Sannicare, says that he is happy with the tender and is glad that the problem in Khayelitsha was written about on GroundUp. "During implementation of technology, the need for designated storage facilities was identified, but the City didn't have a tender in place to deal with this challenge promptly.

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  • Africa: China, South Africa Sign Currency Swap Deal

    China's central bank signed a currency swap agreement valued at 30 billion yuan (4.9 billion U.S. dollars) with the South African central bank on Friday. The agreement lasts for three years, and can be extended upon agreement by both sides, said a spokesman for the People's Bank of China (PBOC). To promote international use of the yuan, China has signed currency swap agreements with more than 20 countries and regions since the onset of the global financial crisis in late 2008.

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  • South Africa: Eskom on Maintenance Programme

    Eskom will this weekend embark on a massive "maintenance festival" in an effort to improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak winter demand. About 64% of Eskom's current installed base load power stations are past their midlife, requiring longer outages and extended restoration time than planned. Since December last year, the availability of Eskom's plant performance has improved from 65% to 70%. This is in line with the company's vision of achieving an 80% plant availability, 10% planned maintenance and 10% unplanned maintenance in the next three years.

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  • South African Shops Boycotted

    Lilongwe/Blantyre — In the wake of a boycott call by the Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA), of South African shops and businesses, major South African outlets like Game, PEP and Shoprite closed shops in Blantyre and Lilongwe. This despite a seemingly stuttering start in Malawi's Capital, Lilongwe earlier in the morning as Shoprite and other shops remained opened before eventually closing later.

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  • Hlaudi must pay for his own appeal: Cope

    On Thursday‚ a Western Cape court upheld a Democratic Alliance (DA) application that the SABC chief operating officer be immediately suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing against him. “Cope welcomes the ruling of Judge Ashton Schippers that Motsoeneng should be suspended for 60 days…This is what the public protector had recommended and that is what we support‚” Cope said in a statement. Last year‚ the DA started legal proceedings to compel the SABC to implement Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendations that action be taken against Motsoeneng.

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  • Foreign-owned shop burned in Verulam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    GCIS The People s March Against Xenophobia, where key leaders from the coalition of faith-based organisations, trade unions, NGOs and corporate South Africa spoke out against xenophobia alongside people directly affected by the violence, in Johannesburg. Durban - Despite government campaigns to quell xenophobic attacks and King Goodwill Zwelithini’s imbizo in which he called for peace and protection of foreign nationals, a shop belonging to a foreigner has been burnt in Verulam, north of Durban. An Ethiopian man, Hibtmu Eyobe, narrowly escaped death when his brother’s shop in Parkgate was set alight while he was sleeping inside.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Admits Failure

    DURING his state visit to South Africa recently President Robert Mugabe painted a gloomy picture of the state of Zimbabwe's economy to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, as the country reached a milestone 35 years of Independence, it has emerged. In meetings with Zuma, South African ministers and senior government officials held in Pretoria, Mugabe was to the amazement of his hosts candid on the state of the economy, which he said was in dire straits. Top South African and Zimbabwean sources, who attended the meetings in South Africa said Mugabe painted a "very bleak" picture of the economy, shocking Zuma and his ministers who had apparently underestimated the severity of the economic crisis.

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  • Here's How Much Of London Is Actually Owned By Qatar

    The Gulf emirate has bought three landmark London hotels, Claridge's, the Connaught and the Berkeley, for a reported £1.6bn. Here's a run-down of what they own in the capital.

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