• 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Reveals Secret to Long Life

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, said on Thursday that one of his secrets to a long life was "not filling my stomach". In a televised interview ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: "I do certain things that I believe sustain life. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it's attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full," the longtime Zimbabwean leader said. Mugabe's half sister, Regina Gata, recently confirmed her brother's disciplined habits, saying he neither smokes nor drinks.

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  • 'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos named by media

    In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the masked, black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have carried out the beheadings of hostages including Americans and Britons. The Washington Post said Emwazi was believed to have travelled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS. "His real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming," the Post said. In each beheading video, he is dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose.

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  • Fransman belongs in jail

    This column is a plea to the African National Congress to desist from stoking the flames of anarchy. No sooner had we recovered from that spectacle, with the speaker and opposition members apologising to each other, when Marius Fransman and his followers obstructed the Western Cape provincial opening of parliament. Surely when the ANC allows its members to undermine our constitutional democracy, by using the minstrels as its shock troops, it embeds practices in the social fabric of the nation that will become second nature. Firstly, Marius Fransman should be in jail for allegedly appropriating National Lottery funds for the minstrels for party political purposes.

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  • Nike ultimatum to Ronaldo: Drop your CR7 footwear range or lose contract

    Nike has forced Cristiano Ronaldo to withdraw his range of CR7 footwear and threatened to break off their contract with him.

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  • Envoy sorry for fake qualification - Politics | IOL News

    REUTERS SA's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, says she is sorry she pretended to have a doctoral degree. Johannesburg - South Africa's ambassador to Japan, Mohau Pheko, told the SABC on Friday she regrets saying she has a doctoral degree, when she does not. Pheko claimed she received her PhD from the American La Salle University in 2000.

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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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  • SA gives BRICS port entry visa

    Business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa's BRICS partners --Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- are to receive a port of entry visa into South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. "... I have approved the issuance of port of entry visas to BRICS business executives for up to 10 years, with each visit not to exceed 30 days," he told the Cape Town Press Club.

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  • Liverpool lose on penalties - World Leagues

    AP Liverpool's Dejan Lovren reacts after the Europa League clash against Besiktas at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on February 26, 2015. London - Liverpool's Europa League campaign ended at the scene of one of their greatest European triumphs as they lost 5-4 on penalties to Besiktas in the Ataturk Stadium on Thursday on a woeful night for British clubs. Brendan Rodgers's side were the highest profile casualties of the last 32, where holders Sevilla came through a testing encounter at Borussia Moenchengladbach, winning 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

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  • South Africa: Julius Malema's SONA 2015 Debate Speech Fact-Checked

    The debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address saw impassioned speeches by the leaders of South Africa's two main opposition parties. In his response to the State of the Nation Address, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema made a number of claims about education and child labour. When the matric pupils who completed school in 2014 started grade two in 2004 there were 1,085,570 of them. The claim: "[O]nly 204,522 new entrant opportunities at universities were available this year.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Gono Refuses to Pay 'Illegal' U.S $1.3 Million Car Debt

    FORMER central bank governor Gideon Gono acquired vehicles valued at $1,749 000 from a company called Oasis Motors in 2009 and paid in part, leaving a balance of $1,319 000. According to Oasis, the balance was supposed to be paid on January 31 2010. Gono allegedly failed to pay prompting Oasis to approach the courts for relief in January this year. In his defence, Gono has argued in papers before the High Court that at the time the deal was contracted charging in foreign currency was illegal.

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  • Brown not blue over RiRi’s new beau - IOL Tonight

    Chris Brown thinks Rihanna has gone "up" by 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.

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  • Planned terror attack in South Africa foiled according to leaked spy documents

    The information arises from two State Security Agency presentations, which are among several leaked documents the broadcaster obtained. According to the presentations, the foiled attack came to light through Jermaine Grant, who was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 for alleged links to terrorism. During his arrest police found materials similar to those used during the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in London. The presentations stated that a financier arrested in April/May of 2011 said he was tasked by Al-Qaeda figure Harun Al Fadul, also known as Harun Fazul, to go to the United Arab Emirates and meet another person regarding the attack in South Africa.

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  • Greenpeace boss wants answers from Intelligence Minister on spy claims

    "I will also be writing an open letter to the presidency... highlighting my concerns," Naidoo said. According to an Al Jazeera report, South Korea had asked South Africa for information on Naidoo and called him a potential threat, ahead of the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, in 2010. Naidoo said the Koreans probably did so as part of their efforts during the summit to promote their use of nuclear technology.

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  • Nigeria: You Are Not Doing Me Any Favour, Keshi Tells NFF

    Out of contract Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has aked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hold on to its job, saying he will survive without coaching the Super Eagles. "The NFF thinks without Nigerian football there is no other place to coach.

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  • E-toll scrapping call radical, says ANC - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - The ANC in the Gauteng legislature on Thursday called on opposition parties to stop trying to “sound radical” by calling for e-tolls to be scrapped. “The ANC resolved that in its current form we don't want e-tolls,” African National Congress MPL Jacob Khawe said during debate on premier David Makhura's state-of-the-province speech in Johannesburg. Makhura announced in his speech on Monday that the province was working with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the e-toll matter. Earlier, the Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, and Freedom Front Plus criticised Makhura for not announcing the scrapping of e-tolls.

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  • Astronaut unharmed, water pools in helmet after six-hour spacewalk

    Terry Virts was not harmed during the incident, which the US space agency described as "minor" compared to the near-drowning of an Italian astronaut when a similar problem occurred in 2013. Virts did not notice any water during the spacewalk, as he toiled for hours to lubricate the latching mechanisms on a robotic arm and helped his colleague Barry Wilmore get the space station's exterior ready for the arrival of commercial spaceships carrying astronauts in the coming years.

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