• 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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  • Sophie Ndaba reveals her secret to weight loss

    Actress and wedding planner Sophie Ndaba is looking sexy and slimmer these days thanks to a new diet plan. Speaking to Sowetan Live at the Royalty soapie awards nominations party, Ndaba said the key to her weight loss was cutting out sugar from her diet. “Instead of sugar I now take sweeteners in my tea, it’s amazing how much cutting down your sugar intake can make a difference in your diet,” she said.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Malawi: Joyce Banda - Cashgate or No Cashgate, I Am Not Quitting Politics

    Malawi ex-president Joyce Banda has snubbed family members' advice for her to quit frontline politics, Malawi24 understands. Family sources confided that they pleaded with JB to leave politics and instead focus her energy on charity work. It is alleged that JB's family are afraid that her continued active involvement in politics is very likely to arouse the wrath of President Peter Mutharika to press cashgate charges the ex-leader. "It is just a matter of time before the patience on Mutharika wanes and directs for her warrant of arrest if she continues to involve herself in politics.

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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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  • Nene earmarks R60m for Madonsela’s office - Help Business Budget | IOL Business

    The office of the public protector was saved from insolvency with a R60-million lifeline in the Budget, Beeld reported on Thursday. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced in his Budget presentation that the protector would receive that amount over three years. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she was relieved and grateful, but it was a drop in the ocean. Spokesman Oupa Segalwe said Madonsela was thankful that her pleas did not fall on deaf ears and though little, it would definitely bring relief.

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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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  • 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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  • Mujica: Guantanamo turned inmates halfway into vegetables

    Six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay as part of a push by President Barack Obama to close the US military's prison camp in Cuba were "turned halfway into vegetables" during their detention, outgoing President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday. In an interview four days before his predecessor Tabare Vazquez takes office, Mujica said the six men lacked the strength to learn Spanish and integrate. "These people are destroyed," Mujica said.

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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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  • Chelsea sign massive sponsorship deal - Premier League

    Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed with the Yokohama Rubber Company. London - Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed “one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed” with the Yokohama Rubber Company on Thursday.

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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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  • Then And Now: 13 Of The Men From Britney Spears Music Videos

    Ever wonder what happened to that shirtless guy from the Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know video? So did we!

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  • Nigeria: Ibadan-Based Prophet Predicts Coming of Nigeria's 'Messiah'

    An Ibadan-based prophet, Apostle Perez Iyiola Oluyemi, has predicted the coming of "a messiah" whom he said will lead Nigeria out of the lingering social and economic woes. Apostle Oluyemi, founder of Achievers Rock Commission International who is also the President, Africa Evangelical Council, Ibadan, made the prediction in his newly published 'Prophetic Roadmap on Nigeria 2015 and Beyond', copies of which were made available to journalists in the Oyo State capital. The publication declared pointedly that "Jonathan would not be the messiah, but an unnamed 'David' would be".

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