• Priest's throat slit in France church attack: what we know so far

    The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still coming to terms with the massacre in the French Riviera city of Nice claimed by the Islamic State group. Here is what we know so far about the latest bloodshed: Two men arrived at the 17th century Eglise Saint-Etienne church during morning mass, storming the building and taking five hostages inside. Pope voices 'pain and horror' at France church hostage-taking  During the siege they killed a priest in his 80s by slitting his throat and seriously injured another captive. The victim was father Jacques Hamel, a semi-retired assistant parish priest, according to the archbishop of nearby Rouen Dominique Lebrun. Hamel

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  • South Africa: Image of Man Pointing at Tornado Goes Viral

    A brief history of tornadoes in South Africa The icy weather that has gripped vast swathes of the country over the last few days is extraordinary. From flooded CBD streets and severely damaged informal settlements in Durban, to snow-capped peaks in the Drakensberg and now, a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africans find themselves talking about the weather with great gusto. And from the noise on social media you would think tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country. In reality, while rare, tornadoes are not exceptional. While it is difficult to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many tornadoes have been experienced in the country, tornados are said to usually occur in Gauteng, the

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  • We've both moved on

    Speaking to Gareth Cliff in an interview on CliffCentral this week, Euphonik was asked about his relationship with Bonang, who he dated.  Nomzamo Mbatha remembers her difficult past in heartfelt messages  "I don't hate her. We had our time. It was great when we were together but would I go back there? No. Have I moved on? Yes. Has she moved on? Yes. Am I bitter? No." But even though they now have their own lives, Euphonik went on to reveal that the pair are no longer on speaking terms. "I don't speak to her. There's no interaction, so it wouldn't be awkward (if I had to bump into her at an event). It would be like 'I'm here and I know what I'm here for in my capacity,'" he added. Bonang recently

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  • Leave Madiba in peace, says EFF leader

    Addressing scores of supporters in Etwatwa outside Daveyton on the East Rand yesterday who had spent almost two hours in the cold waiting for his arrival at a local taxi rank, Malema said the DA and ANC should allow the late head of state to rest in peace and stop fighting over his name. "They keep saying we are doing it for Mandela, well Mandela is around no more. Leave Mandela to rest in peace, because he is not here. Mandela has done it for us, we are now doing it for ourselves. "They must stop telling you 'do it for Mandela'. Mandela would not be proud of what is happening here," said Malema, referring to the decaying infrastructure and squalor in the township. As the election campaign enters

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  • Warm welcome for Malema at Winnie Mandela settlement

    EFF leader Julius Malema received a hero’s welcome in the Winnie Mandela informal settlement, Tembisa on Wednesday morning. He visited the area following a tornado which ravaged several homes on Monday, including the local Phumulani Mall. Locals appeared to have momentarily forgotten about the after effects of the freaky weather conditions which left a trail of destruction as soon as they saw the EFF leader. Many of them took pictures with him using their cellphones. Prior to Malema’s arrival, many residents were still reeling in shock, with some trying to salvage the little that was left behind by the raging tornado. One of the residents whose shack was completely destroyed, Phindile Hlongwane,

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

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  • How EPL’s ‘big seven’ are shaping up

    Liverpool Liverpool have breezed through their gentler friendlies so far and there will be greater tests for them against Roma, AC Milan and Barcelona. But they look like a team who have far more of their business done already than their rivals. With a manager who has already been in place almost one season, they are ahead of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs in terms of development too, and the likeliest candidates this Premier League season for a fast start. In Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool already have their two top signings, and two players who know the Premier League. Joel Matip will strengthen the defence, while Loris Karius gives them a strong alternative in goal. With a

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  • Zimbabwe: Woman Assaults Ex-Hubby Over HIV Infection

    A Harare woman reportedly assaults her former husband for infecting her with HIV, a civil court has heard. The woman allegedly harasses her ex-husband and his second wife over the treatment of their positive nine-year-old daughter. The man, who was seeking a protection order against his ex-wife over alleged threats to disfigure him and throw him out of their Glen View home, told magistrate Mr Trevor Nyatsanza that she abuses him each time she visits. "At one point I even slept in the toilet because she was denying me access to the house," he said, adding, "I am now living in fear as she promised to fix and harm me." He also told the court that the abuses started over issues about having their nine-year-old daughter on HIV treatment.

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  • Priest 'forced to kneel and butchered at altar'

    Britain's Daily Mail, quoting a witness, said the men filmed themselves killing the priest after forcing him to kneel ''before they performed a 'sermon in Arabic' at the altar''. The outrage was the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe inspired by the Islamist terrorist group based in Iraq and Syria. Police said the men entered the church, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near the northern city of Rouen, west of Paris, during morning Mass. They murdered Father Jacques Hamel, 85, and took four people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded. According to the Daily Mail, one of the attackers was a 19-year-old identified as Adel K, who was being monitored by electronic tag after twice attempting to join IS in Syria.

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  • Nigeria: Keshi's Final Burial Rites Begin

    Final burial rites for late Nigerian Captain and Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, will start in Benin City, Edo State tomorrow morning even as funds have hampered plans by the Federal Government to give him a heroic burial. The Federal Government has now said it will play its own part for the late soccer icon's burial after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games because of a combination of factors. "We don't want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot, that is why the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the FG will play its own part after the Olympics", declared a top sports ministry source. The Keshi family is however going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a Church Service on Thursday, July 28 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am.

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  • Cybercrime: 8.8m SAfricans victim in 2015

    Johannesburg - New research unveiled on Wednesday by antivirus software maker Norton - a Symantec brand - has revealed that 8.8 million South Africans were the victim of cyber crime in the past year, at a cost of R35 billion. The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report shows that this is despite growing concerns over online crime. Norton’s report contains the views of more than 18 000 consumers across 18 markets, including about 1 000 across South Africa. “The good news is more and more consumers are aware of the risks of cybercrime but the bad news is they neither feel they are doing enough to prevent it, or feel that technology has prevented them from being able to do anything about it,” says

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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Policy not set by Eskom CEO, says Gordhan

    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan appeared to take a swipe at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday, saying the utility boss was "not qualified to make policy statements". This comes after it emerged recently that Eskom was looking to discontinue the programme to procure renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs). Responding to questions during a meeting with journalists in Port Elizabeth to outline the ANC’s plan for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Gordhan said the IPPs programme was still a key state policy. "It (the programme) is an important part (of the energy mix) going into the future.… The policy still stands and the Eskom CEO (Brian Molefe) is not qualified to make a policy

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  • Hlaudi throws in towel‚ reinstates fired journalists

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation will reinstate the seven news employees who challenged their dismissal for speaking out against a decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to ban news coverage of violent protests. “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Kganyago added: “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate“.  Four of the seven won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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  • Clinton makes history, wins US presidential nomination

    Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s White House nomination, coming back from a stinging defeat in her first presidential run in 2008 and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton, 68, should be selected as the party’s nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Capping nearly a quarter century in public life, Clinton will become the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election when she accepts the nomination on Thursday.

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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