Final hours of voting in race to become British PM

The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit. After a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party’s […]

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Johannesburg Court Dismisses Case Against Resurrection Pair

The Johannesburg magistrate’s court has withdrawn charges against two people arrested in connection with the “resurrection video” at Alleluia Ministries International church which is headed by Pastor Alph Lukau. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that the case against Nkululeko Dlamini, 35, and Silungisani Sibanda (aka Grace Ncube), 40, had been struck off […]

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Joss Stone deported from Iran ahead of 200th world tour gig

British singer Joss Stone said she was “gutted” after being deported from Iran ahead of the latest leg of a world tour that has already taken her to Syria and North Korea. She was held shortly after arriving at Kish airport, according to a post on her Instagram account, as authorities suspected she was planning […]

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Hollywood producer detained in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

The Malaysian producer of the Leonardo DiCaprio-starred film “The Wolf of Wall Street” was arrested Thursday on suspicion of money laundering as part of investigations into the 1MDB scandal, officials said. Riza Aziz was detained in Malaysia after questioning by graft investigators and will appear in court Friday to face charges, said Latheefa Koya, head […]

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Step by step, Africa inches toward ‘historic’ free trade zone

The African Union launches the “operational phase” this weekend of a long-awaited trade accord, but analysts say the continent faces an uphill task to transform the pact into reality. The 55-nation AU, gathering for a summit in Niger, will give the formal push to a deal to phase out tariffs on trade from the Cape […]

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Iran could consider talks with US only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits – minister

Iran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If (U.S. President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and […]

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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged with money laundering in Malaysia

Malaysia on Friday charged one of the Wolf of Wall Street film producers, and stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, with money laundering, alleging he misappropriated $248m linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Riza Aziz, a co-founder of Hollywood production firm Red Granite Pictures that was behind the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, […]

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ANC unimpressed with EFF withdrawing from DA coalition in Tshwane

The ANC has disapproved of the EFF and DA’s squabble over power in the Tshwane region. This after EFF leader Julius Malema on Tuesday said his party would no longer be supporting the DA in the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros where, ironically, it played a key role in putting and keeping the DA in power. […]

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Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decades

Southern California was rocked by its largest earthquake in two decades on Thursday, a 6.4-magnitude tremblor that caused “substantial damage” at a military facility but otherwise only minor injuries in the sparsely populated area. The shallow quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, struck in the Mojave Desert 10 kilometres from the small city of Ridgecrest. It […]

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California bans discrimination against afros, dreadlocks

California became the first US state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyle, passing a law to ensure afros and dreadlocks can be worn at all schools and offices. The law is primarily aimed at protecting the rights of black Americans who favour the distinctive cuts, and was passed unanimously by both state chambers. It […]

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