• 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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  • Generations, Muvhango snubbed as Isibaya, Binnelanders lead SAFTA nominations

    Cast and crew of the Mzansi Magic telenovela turned full time soapie may have their arms full with Safta gongs come 20 and 22 March. The drama received a slew of nominations including best TV soapie and nods for best actor for Bongani Gumede, best supporting actor nominations for Celeste Ntuli and Pallance Dladla. Since it's inception about three years ago, Isibaya has proven itself a force to be reckoned with despite losing key characters in the form of Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pallance Dladla.

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  • Shoes is 'improving', Tovey also ill

    Rumours that flew on social media yesterday claiming that former Bafana Bafana star John "Shoes" Moshoeu had died, were unfounded. Moshoeu is reportedly in a serious condition at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in Parktown. Hospital public relations manager Lungiswa Mvumvu said she could not confirm Moshoeu's condition.

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  • Will Smith tastes like 'a candy cane'

    Margot Robbie says Will Smith tastes like ''a candy cane.'' The 'Focus' actress admits she had no trouble kissing her 46-year-old co-star, who is married to Jada Pinkett-Smith, on the set of their new film. It's like he's just eaten a candy cane.'' The Australian beauty recently insisted she would never date another actor, but joked she has no problem with criminals. The 'Wolf of Wall Street' star has been linked to former 'True Blood' actor Alexander Skarsgard and was reportedly spotted kissing him at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month. Meanwhile, Will admits Jada, 43, was worried he would embarrass her in front of the 24-year-old actress.

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  • Leading Japanese firms become sugar daddies for SA rugby stars

    ONE wouldn’t automatically link Japan and SA in a single train of thought: there is limited cultural, tourist and economic exchange between the two countries. Japan has the third-biggest economy in the world, a 4.1% unemployment rate and an ageing, homogenous population right now shivering in below-zero temperatures. In a Tokyo stadium on Saturday a whisky producer takes on a speed merchant and, once the dust has settled, our Super Rugby campaign should get an additional charge with the return of some of our star players.

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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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  • 17 Reasons You Should Never Read "Harry Potter"

    Seriously, don't even bother.

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  • Zahara wanted urgentl

    This follows Sunday World's exposé last week detailing how her family was disgusted with the way she has been treated by her record company TS Records. Ladysmith Black Mambazo approached Sunday World for Zahara's management company's contact details and offered her the job on the Graceland Tour of Europe, which will be in July. Internationally acclaimed Joseph Shabalala's Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the leading act. The late Makeba (pictured), popularly known as Mama Africa, played a starring role in the seminal tour.

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  • Air strikes hit IS in Syria after 220 Christians abducted

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes targeted Islamic State fighters near the town of Tel Tamr, where the militants, also known as ISIS, had captured 10 Assyrian villages. A prominent Syrian Christian, Bassam Ishak, told Reuters: "Some people have tried to call them by cellphone, the relatives that have been abducted, and they get an answer from a member of ISIS who tells that they will send the head of their relative. "They are trying to terrorise the parents, the relatives in the Christian Assyrian community," said Ishak, who is president of the Syriac National Council of Syria. Islamic State has staged mass killings of religious minorities, as well as fellow Sunni Muslims who refuse to swear allegiance to the 'caliphate' it has declared in parts of Syria, Iraq and other areas of the Arab world.

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  • Nene hits taxpayers where it hurts most - City Press

    Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s maiden budget has delivered probably the worst year for personal income taxpayers since 1995. Each of the years since 1995 has put a cumulative R155.8 billion back into taxpayers’ pockets through various relief packages, designed to accommodate fiscal drag or bracket creep and provide further relief to lower and middle income earners. There was no such relief in this year’s budget, which only provided for fiscal drag – a situation where inflation-linked salary increases see taxpayers move into higher tax brackets. From next month, personal income tax rates for taxpayers earning more than R181 900 per year will rise by one percentage point.

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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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  • Chris Brown thinks Rihanna made good choice dating Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Yeah 3x hitmaker - who was convicted of assaulting the Diamonds star in 2009 - insists he isn't "jealous" of his former girlfriend's rumoured new boyfriend and thinks she has made a good choice with the Hollywood hunk. Anything u need to hear is in all our music.

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  • LETTER: Mugabe is to blame

    YOUR editorial, "Sanctions don’t always work" (February 19), and the related article, "EU resumes aid to Zimbabwe" (February 17) refer. Unfortunately, both pieces reinforce inaccuracies about what measures have been taken against Zimbabwe and compound the confusion peddled by Zimbabwean state propagandists that sanctions are responsible for the dire economic mess Zanu (PF) governance has generated. In short, "sanctions" have come to be a catch-all for all the various measures taken either by states or financial institutions. Restrictions on access to financing through global financial institutions are conflated into this narrative, despite being implemented due to Zimbabwe’s financial delinquency.

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: Floundering ANC needs to discover its own De Klerk

    A DISTURBING number of people have asked me these past few days whether I think we are heading for a dictatorship. First, because I don’t believe the shambolic Jacob Zuma administration has the discipline and capability of achieving such a goal. The ANC has stumbled into this mess because Zuma dragged it into the quicksand of corruption at the beginning of his tenure.

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  • Nigeria: Airforce Attacks Terrorists Hideouts

    The Nigerian military in well-coordinated operations, which involved the Airforce and Ground troops, have maintained the momentum over Boko Haram terrorists which they attain in the last few weeks.

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  • Love gone wrong on Valentine's turns deadl

    Keabetswe, the younger sister of the famed former Sunday Literature show presenter, is alleged to have committed suicide after a fight with her husband of almost two years, Thabo Malebo on Valentine's Day. In a case eerily similar to that of Oscar Pistorius and the late Reeva Steenkamp, security guards at the couple's upmarket Midrand complex are believed to have rushed to the townhouse to intervene during a loud fight. A complex security guard, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had been on duty on Valentine's evening when the incident occurred at about 11pm.

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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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