• Nigeria: Passage - Reclusive and Mysterious Billionaire, Deinde Fernandez, Dies At 79

    Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez, billionaire business magnate, diplomat, mining tycoon, Permanent Representative of Central African Republic to the United Nations, is dead. Deinde Fernandez, as he was popularly known, died on Tuesday in a private hospital in Belgium. Born in Lagos in 1936 to one of the first European migrants to the city, Mr. Fernadez grew up to become one of Nigeria's most mysterious and reclusive billionaires with properties in several African countries as well as in Europe and America. Two years later, he became a Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations.

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  • South Africa: EFF Scores Nkandla Victory - DA Wants to Join in

    Efforts by political parties to call President Jacob Zuma to account over the Nkandla matter should not be seen as turf battles, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday. This is vitally important jurisprudence for our constitutional democracy and it's too important to indulge in who won what battle," MP James Selfe said. Selfe said the party was surprised by the Constitutional Court's decision.

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  • Why Bieber broke down on the MTV stage - Tonight News

    Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Justin Bieber breaks down in tears after performing at the MTV

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  • Photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world as refugee crisis grows

    Harrowing pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach brought home the horror of the escalating refugee crisis on Thursday as Europe was accused of letting the Mediterranean become a "cemetery" for migrants. Ugly scenes erupted meanwhile in Hungary as migrants refused to get off a train to be moved to a camp, prompting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to lash out at Germany over its handling of the spiralling situation. Europe remained deeply divided over the response to the worst crisis of its kind since World War II, despite the heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank.

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  • ‘Petrol pastor’ defends ‘snake pastor’ | The New Age Online

    “Petrol” pastor Desmond Murathi from the Lion Pott’s House in Limpopo has defended controversial snake pastor Penuel Mnguni .

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  • Lewis Hamilton on top again at Italian Grand Prix

    On an initially overcast morning with the late summer sun gradually burning off the clouds, the 30-year-old Briton clocked a best lap of 1min 24.670sec to outpace his German partner by six-tenths of a second. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel gave the local tifosi some cheer by taking third spot, a full second adrift of his compatriot Rosberg, the two of them apparently running without complaints about the medium compound Pirelli tyres that were the subject of controversy following their high-speed punctures in last month's Belgian Grand Prix. An intervention late Thursday by the sport's veteran ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone, who vigorously defended Pirelli after some outspoken criticism of their tyres, notably by Vettel, had taken the sting out of the row and prevented much further comment. Nico Hulkenberg made it three Germans in a row by taking fourth place for his Force India team, having signed a new contract to stay with them earlier this week.

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  • Nigerian Air Force Destroys Boko Haram's Solar Panels

    The solar panels are believed to have been used by Boko Haram for electricity in Sambisa forest.

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  • Egyptian billionaire to Greece, Italy: sell me an island to host the migrants

    "Greece or Italy sell me an island, I'll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country," he wrote. Sawiris said in a television interview that he would approach the governments of Greece and Italy about his plan. Sawiris said an island off Greece or Italy could cost between $10 million and $100 million, but added the "main thing is investment in infrastructure". "And if things improve, whoever wants to go back (to their homeland) goes back," said Sawiris, whose family developed the popular El Gouna resort on Egypt's Red Sea coast.

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  • Selfie madness: Too many dying to get the picture

    The rise of selfie photography in some of the world’s most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide. The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing the subject centre-stage, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with everyone from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Barack Obama joining in. Dozens of grisly selfie-related deaths and injuries in early 2015 led Russia’s Interior Ministry to launch a campaign warning avid mobile phone snappers about the danger of, among other things, posing for a selfie with a lion. In June, two men in the Ural Mountains died after posing pulling the pin from a hand grenade; in May a woman survived shooting herself in the head in her Moscow office; a month later a 21-year-old university graduate plunged 40 feet (12 metres) to her death while posing hanging from a Moscow bridge.

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  • From Swans to lack of loyalty: Trends that came to light in transfer window - Cape Times

    If there is a mantra for how to operate in the transfer window, it is to move fast and early. Swansea did just that. The recruits include André Ayew, a steal on a free transfer from Marseilles, snapped up by the Swans while other clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle, hesitated.

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  • Two US warplanes land in Estonia amid Russia tensions

    The visit comes as tensions are running high with neighbouring Russia over its role in the conflict in Ukraine. The jets landed at noon at the Amari airbase, which currently also hosts German fighters belonging to NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, created to help small Baltic members protect their borders with Russia. Estonian Air Force public affairs officer Alar Laats told AFP the visit would last only a matter of hours and was for training purposes. The move is likely to be viewed as provocative by Russia which regularly sends its own fighter aircraft close to the borders of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, sometimes even encroaching onto Estonian airspace.

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  • Details: Rapper AKA and Zinhle split saga gets ugly

    According to Sunday Sun, Zinhle found out about AKA's cheating ways when she found smses exchanged between him and Bonang Matheba. The two are said to have started seeing each other behind Zinhle's back. A source told Sunday Sun that Zinhle and AKA were leading separate lives even while she was pregnant. A well-known DJ had already tipped Zinhle off that AKA’s illicit love affair had blossomed at Metro FM.

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  • The Big Read: ANC dresses our economic saviour in the devil's robes

    Whoever authored the international relations policy documents for the upcoming ANC national general council meeting ignored Voltaire's wise warning. Here is one nugget from our ruling party document: "The US does not appreciate the resurgence of Russia and China as dominant factors in the arena of international power relations.

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  • Drinking a bottle of water before a meal facilitates weight loss

    Obesity is a growing public safety concern in America and many other countries. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in England may have found a simple solution to help these people lose weight. The study, which will be published in the September issue of Obesity, indicates that people who drink water before breakfast, lunch and dinner end up losing weight faster than those who don't. The first group was comprised of 41 people who were instructed to drink 500ml of water 30 minutes before their three daily meals every day for 12 weeks.

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  • Nigeria: NAF Jets Destroy B/Haram Solar Panels in Sambisa Forest

    The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) yesterday said in the ongoing strike, its Alpha jets in Sambisa forest have destroyed solar panels used by Boko Haram terrorists to generate electricity.

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  • Protector’s findings worry Prasa - Companies | IOL Business

    The findings made by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela against the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) was a matter of concern, Prasa Board Chairman Popo Molefe said on Thursday. “The recent Public Protector’s report, Derailed, which is a report on the investigations on maladministration relating to financial mismanagement, tender and appointment irregularities against Prasa are a matter of concern to this Board and management as well as to the Shareholder, to whom we are accountable,” Molefe said in a statement.

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  • Safa - Let’s focus on Bafana, not on Masilela

    The South African Football Association (Safa) has issued a statement on Kaizer Chiefs defender Tsepo Masilela failing to honour a call up to the national team. Masilela’s was included in the Bafana squad announced by Shakes Mashaba a week ago and was expected to join his national teammates on Monday, but the Chiefs defender failed to pitch up citing a knee injury. Safa then asked Masilela to come to camp so that the Bafana team doctors could assess him, but again the Chiefs defender didn’t come and it has since emerged that he is out of the country. Following some pressure from the media, which wants to know if any action will be taken against Masilela, Safa CEO Dennis Mumble has issued a statement to clarify the association’s stance on the matter.

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  • NWU students refused to compromise their principles for a KFC Streetwise Two: EFF

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday congratulated its student command for securing victory in a heavily contested student representative council election at the North West University (NWU)‚ Mafikeng Campus‚ and slammed the African National Congress’ “anti-intellectual food parcel election strategy”. The party said its representatives had been confronted by “an enemy force that deployed celebrities from outdated personalities like Athur Mafokate‚ Choomee‚ Ishmail to current soap stars from television series like Skeem Sam‚ Scandal and Zabalaza’”‚ all led by Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.

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  • Tiny victim of human catastrophe - World News | IOL News

    AP A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi found washed ashore near Bodrum, one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts. Istanbul - Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's growing refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe. Wearing a red T-shirt and blue shorts, the child - identified as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi - is believed to be one of least 12 Syrians who died when their boats sank trying to reach Greece.

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  • Zimbabwe: Prophet Passion Breaks Record

    ZIMBABWEAN prophet Passion Java has broken the record of preaching about 260 times at over 70 conferences around the globe between January and September. Prophet Java is the Founder and President of Kingdom Embassy Church World Wide, and is currently running a television station in Africa which has over a million viewership called Kingdom Tv (KTV). "It is not by might nor by power but through the power of Jesus Christ who holds our future. According to information glean from various sources in Jamaica, Zimbabwe, America and South Africa, Prophet Passion has been functioning in a realm of prophesy which has brought about the unveiling of God's mind to His people on earth.

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