• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 9 Pictures That Will Make You See The Universe Differently

    It's the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary on April 24. Time to learn more about how space pictures are made.

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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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  • ‘Execution of Bali Nine imminent’ - World News | IOL News

    The Australian government on Saturday said it has been told by Indonesia that the execution of “Bali Nine” drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan was “imminent”. “Indonesian authorities today advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusakambangan prison in central Java,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

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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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  • Maimane’s no Zille, says Malema - Special Features | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA EFF leader Julius Malema did not hold back on his thoughts about Mmusi Maimane during an interview. Durban - Asked if the DA’s parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, would make a good leader of the party, Julius Malema said in an interview on Gagasi FM on Thursday night that it was for the DA to decide, but he had his reservations. “I think Mmusi can make a very good principal; he’s not a politician … We are over the moon as the EFF because we won’t have serious competition – from Helen to Mmusi? “It is the fastest-growing political party in the country,” he said, adding that this would be made easier by the pending departure of DA leader Helen Zille.

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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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  • Mourinho plays down his supremacy over Wenger | The New Age Online

    Chelsea may be two wins away from regaining the Premier League title, but manager Jose Mourinho insists he is taking nothing for granted -- including his unblemished record against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The London rivals meet on Sunday with Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the table. Victory at second-placed Arsenal would mean Mourinho's team can clinch the title by beating Leicester City three days later.

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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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  • Old Top Gear trio in mystery meeting - IOL Motoring Industry News | IOL.co.za

    Speculation is rife that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are planning to work together on a new show. London - Top Gear might be close to the end of the road - but it looks as though its three stars are working out an alternative destination. A mystery meeting between Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond on Thursday fuelled speculation that the trio could be getting ready to announce a new motoring show with another broadcaster. Also present at the meeting was Andy Wilman, the show’s executive producer and a close friend of Mr Clarkson.

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  • Immigrants to Zuma: SA is our last hope

    Several representatives of immigrants on Friday requested President Jacob Zuma to intervene in efforts to regularise their stay and be integrated in the diverse South African community. Zuma spent five hours in a meeting with the leaders of the immigrants’ organisations at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria following rampant incidents of xenophobic violence in the country. Frank Ntwali of the Commission for Human Rights of Refugees said in his native Rwanda, democracy remains a mirage prompting millions to cross borders in search of security and safety. “We come to South Africa to complain but we cannot do it in our own countries.

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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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  • Pitso pays tribute to his late friend Shoes

    Pitso Mosimane paid a glowing tribute to his late friend John “Shoes” Moshoeu who passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with stomach cancer. The funeral service of the Africa Cup of Nations winning former Bafana Bafana midfielder will be held at Dobsonville Stadium on Monday, April 27. “Shoes is a friend first,” Mosimane said.

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  • Zimbabwe: Xenophobia Chokes Bus Operators

    BUS operators plying the Harare-Johannesburg route yesterday said business has nosedived following the xenophobic attacks that have gripped South Africa. Eagle Liner's regional information technology sales specialist, Mr Noble Toto, said daily revenue had dwindled significantly since April 18. Mr Toto said their buses would sometimes leave for Johannesburg with between 23 and 30 passengers out of a possible 67. Yesterday one of the Eagle Liner coaches left Harare with only 17 passengers.

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  • Israel denying Nzimande a visa creates ‘serious diplomatic problem’ - City Press

    The decision to deny Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a visa to travel to Palestine is “an anti-government protest by Israel”, Nzimande’s spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said. “This is not only an act against him, but also an act against him as a member of Cabinet, so by extension it’s an anti-government protest,” Nkwanyana told News24 yesterday.

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  • Greed drives elephant trade - Daily News | Opinion

    Zimbabwe’s minister for environment, water and climate, Saviour Kasukuwere, claims Zimbabwe’s elephant population is so large it has reached double the country’s carrying capacity. Kasukuwere would have us believe his country’s recent capture and plans to sell wild elephants, many of them babies and sub-adults, to zoos, circuses and private collections in the Middle and Far East are necessary to sustain the growing population. “We have lots of them (elephants),” he told National Geographic. According to a paper published by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate titled “Zimbabwe’s Position on Live Sales of Elephants and Other Wildlife Species”, the country’s 14 500-square-metre flagship national park, Hwange, holds 54 000 elephants.

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