• 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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  • Malawi: Protesters Shut Down South African Shops in Malawi

    Human rights activists in Malawi forced shops owned by South Africans to close down for business in protests against recent xenophobic attacks in the rainbow nation. Malawians held peaceful demonstrations outside South African chain stores. Now we are at Shoprite Area 49 road," said Billy Mayaya, one of the organisers. Another consumer rights activists, John Kapito said the Black Friday protests aim to illustrate to the South Africans hacking foreigners in cold blood that countries are dependent on each other.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • ‘Africa relations not affected by xenophobia’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Diplomatic relations with South Africa have not been affected by recent attacks on foreign nationals, three African ambassadors said on Friday. “I can assure you that relations between Burundi and South Africa remain strong and are not affected by recent events here,” said ambassador Isaie Ntirizoshira at a media briefing with Gauteng police management and deputy minister of police, Maggie Sotyu in Alexandra. Burundi supported South Africa in its efforts to curb the attacks, he said. Nigeria’s ambassador MN Cobham said posts on social media and photos posted caused anxiety in Nigeria.

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  • Dark horses enter DA leadership race - Politics | IOL News

    After academic-turned-politician Wilmot James announced that he would run for the leadership of the Democratic Alliance (DA) against firm favourite Mmusi Maimane, two little-known party members also joined the race on Friday. Adrian Naidoo, an ordinary party member from Gauteng, and Morgan Oliphant’s names appeared on the final list of candidates, which also includes those of candidates for the top positions on the party’s executive. The candidates for federal chairman are Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip, MP Makashule Gana and Western Cape legislature member Masizole Mnqasela. James Selfe will stay on as chairman of the federal executive council as he is standing unopposed.

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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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  • 36 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

    The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky. A competitor spits water as he passes under a fence during the first Belik Race on April 19, 2015, in Cabanillas del Campo, in the region of Guadalajara, Spain.

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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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  • Whites-only bursaries to be scrapped - South Africa | IOL News

    SUPPLIED Judge Siraj Desai. Whites-only student bursaries at Stellenbosch University are set to become a thing of the past after a ruling in a test case in the Western Cape High Court declared such discriminatory bequests violate the constitution. The investigation resulted in the adoption of a policy that these discriminatory bursaries would no longer be advertised, and that steps would be taken to remedy the situation. The application went to court on Monday, where Judge Siraj Desai declared the word “white” in the will of one Martha Maria Hattingh null and void, and in violation of the constitution.

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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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  • LETTER: It is not true nothing has changed

    AFTER Thami Mazwai’s column a few weeks ago criticising the #RhodesMustFall student protesters, he clearly felt he had to reassert his radical credentials by repeating the myth that nothing has changed in SA since 1994 (Status quo not changed since 1994, April 22). This lie, which is being repeated more and more often, is dangerous, and is also part of the dangerous myth that former president Nelson Mandela (pictured) and the African National Congress (ANC) "sold out" to the old National Party government in the early 1990s. Dr Mazwai makes a number of assertions which I think he would be hard pressed to prove. Since 1994, the number of black students at universities has more than doubled and the numbers of black students gaining qualifications since 1994 up until now has grown at an even faster rate.

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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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  • eThekwini municipality deny EFF claims of 'sabotage'

    The eThekwini municipality on Saturday refuted claims by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that it had withdrawn permission for the party to hold a freedom day rally at the John Dube stadium in Durban. “The information I have is that the stadium is available and has been hired,” municipality spokeswoman Tozi Mthethwa said in an SMS. On Friday night, the EFF accused the municipality of “political sabotage”. “The EFF has received a communique from Ethekwini Municipality that it is withdrawing and cancelling the offer of John Dube Stadium for EFF Freedom Day Rally due to renovations,” EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

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  • Swaziland: Armed Chief Justice Holed Up in Home

    The Swaziland Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi, who is evading arrest by police, has two firearms and is holding his family hostage at his home, the kingdom's police chief said Friday. National Police Commissioner, Isaac Magagula, told a media conference in Mbabane, 'The members of his family are innocent and they just happen to be victims of circumstances. The Mail and Guardian newspaper from South Africa reported Ramodibedi had locked himself in with his wife, and two children between the ages of 18 and 20.

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  • Zimbabwe: Xenophobia - Last Six Buses Arrive

    The last group of 300 Zimbabweans fleeing xenophobic attacks in South Africa arrived here yesterday afternoon and was expected to leave for their respective homes last night in six buses hired by Government. Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare permanent secretary Mr Ngoni Masoka, who is leading a committee comprising several stakeholders including police, immigration department, Ministry of Health and Child Care and Zimra, among others, tasked with receiving the immigrants, said they have no instructions to wait for another group. Victims who spoke to The Herald said the situation in South Africa was tense hence they had to return home. Mr Elfas Moyo, who was staying in Germiston area, said he witnessed the butchering of a Somali national in his shop.

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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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