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  • | Police: Machete-wielding man subdued after standoff at home

    Authorities say a man who kept police at bay for more than two hours at a Pennsylvania home threw down incendiary devices that ignited a nearby store and scorched a police patrol car. Easton police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Folkner was captured after he left the home around 01:30 on Thursday. They say he was brandishing a machete that he refused... Continue reading

  • | UK police identify Novichok suspects as Russians

    British police believe they have identified the suspects who carried out the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former Moscow double agent and his daughter and that they are Russian, the Press Association news agency reported Thursday. “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who... Continue reading

  • | Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr Bumbum‘ after patient dies

    Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, who had been on the run since a patient died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Furtado is known as “Dr Bumbum” – Brazilian slang for backside. He was arrested on Thursday at an office complex in Rio de Janeiro‘s Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood. Police say... Continue reading

  • | Fans out of control on Tour de France climbs

    Bourg d‘Oisans – A spectator threw a smoke bomb into the Tour de France peloton as it passed by on Friday. Nobody came to any harm. Unlike on Thursday, when a fan‘s camera strap appeared to snag Vincenzo Nibali‘s handlebars on Alpe d‘Huez, causing him to slam to the ground and break a vertebra. These incidents are making teams worried... Continue reading

  • | Cele cuts Zwelihle visit short after community rounds on him

    Police Minister Bheki Cele‘s community meeting in Hermanus was cut short on Friday after angry residents rounded on him when he issued stern warnings following an attack on a policeman. About 3 000 people listened to Cele‘s opening remarks – at first with a positive response. But the tone changed quickly as Cele delivered his fiery address. “The problem is... Continue reading

  • | Minibus taxi driver allegedly knocks down, assaults metro police officer in Houghton

    A taxi driver has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his minibus taxi into a female Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer who stopped him in morning traffic in Houghton on Friday. Chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar alleged that the officer had to hold onto the taxi‘s windscreen wipers as she was dragged for several metres. She sustained multiple injuries and... Continue reading

  • | WATCH: The African American women behind NASA‘s early launches

    Dozens of African American women worked for NASA as ‘computers‘. They were called “the computers who wear skirts”.  on Twitter

  • | Land: The people speak – Tensions simmer in Pietermaritzburg

    Tensions simmered at the Joint Constitutional Review Committee‘s public hearing in Pietermaritzburg on Friday – where a white man and a black man both declared that they were prepared to die for the land. The delegation was holding the committee‘s 10th meeting, which was also the rowdiest of the gatherings held so far. It was held in the historic Pietermaritzburg... Continue reading

  • | The ANC government has neglected coloured communities – Makhura

    The ANC-led government and its municipalities need to act urgently to correct the neglect experienced by coloured communities in Gauteng, premier and ANC provincial chairperson hopeful David Makhura said. The outgoing acting chairperson delivered a political report at the ANC Gauteng‘s three-day provincial conference, which is currently under way in Irene, Pretoria. Makhura has been largely touted as the “incoming... Continue reading

  • | Ramaphosa preaches unity in Gauteng, calls on national leaders to stay out of provincial contests

    ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated his call for unity within the political party as delegates in Gauteng prepare to vote for new leaders. The province‘s three-day conference kicked off at the St George‘s Hotel in Irene, Pretoria, on Friday, with Ramaphosa delivering the keynote address. The president acknowledged the ANC‘s continued decline in Gauteng, which resulted in the liberation... Continue reading

  • | Anderson, at 32, has no plans to retire soon

    Cape Town – After reaching the Wimbledon final and a best-ever world ranking of No 5, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson says he has no plans of slowing down. The 32-year-old made headlines at Wimbledon this past fortnight, beating eight-time former champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals before reaching the final after a record six-hour, 36 minutes semi-final win over America’s... Continue reading

  • | No need to wait for land hearings to end, lawful expropriation can start now – Lamola

    Government departments and entities already have the means to test the Constitution and the expropriation of land within existing law, ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Ronald Lamola has said. Lamola – who sits on the ANC‘s subcommittee on economic transformation – was the keynote speaker at the ANC Western Cape‘s land summit in Stellenbosch on Friday. The party‘s youngest NEC member... Continue reading

  • | Weather Update: Warm coastline, cooler interior

    The interior of the country is expected to be cool while it has been predicted that coastal regions will be warmer on Saturday.  Temperatures Minimum temperatures will be cold across the highveld, with cooler weather for the central interior of the country. The coastal areas are expected to experience moderate morning temperatures. The coldest place will be Bethlehem in the... Continue reading

  • | ANC unaware that it was harbouring ‘a criminal‘ – Fikile Mbalula

    The ANC was unaware that it was harbouring “a criminal” when it employed a man who was under investigation for alleged links to a cash-in-transit heist, the party‘s elections head Fikile Mbalula said. The party now wants all of its staff to be vetted. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the ANC KwaZulu-Natal elective... Continue reading

  • | Judgment on fixing poor, unsafe school infrastructure is a ‘milestone’ – SAHRC

    A “significant milestone” was how the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) described a ruling by the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho, which found that it was unconstitutional and invalid for the government to delay fixing poor and unsafe school infrastructure. The commission said inadequate school facilities had a debilitating impact on pupils and staff and hampered the delivery... Continue reading