Alone or in coalitions, in 2016 DA will take municipalities: Zille

The DA would consider entering into coalitions in municipalities for the 2016 local government elections, party leader Helen Zille said at the DA Gauteng Congress in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

We have implemented stage two of load shedding: Eskom

Power cuts would continue across the country on Saturday, Eskom said.

DNA matching for TB Joshua victims extremely difficult

Genetic testing to identify the remains of 84 South Africans killed in the Nigerian building collapse was extremely difficult

Unity for its own sake risks yellow unionism: Vavi

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Friday said the best way forward for the embattled congress was to remain unified -- but not at any cost.

Indonesian teams fear gangsters, try to score most own goals to avoid match

The Indonesian Football Association banned 12 players and officials who competed to score own-goals in a farcical match last month, an official told AFP Saturday.

Stop vilification of Bill Cosby: lawyer

A lawyer for embattled US comic Bill Cosby lashed out Friday at new claims of rape and sexual abuse dating back several decades, saying they have "escalated far past the point of absurdity."

Ebola shows it is time Africa valued human life: Graca Machel

Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel Friday said the Ebola epidemic should be a wake-up call for African leaders, saying it had exposed the "extreme weakness" of African institutions.

United Nations members resolve to end child marriage

The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year.
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Gambia urged to drop life sentences for 'aggravated homosexuality'

Rights campaigners called Friday for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reverse laws introducing a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life imprisonment.

Al-Shabab hijacks bus, kill 28 in Kenya

Al-Shabab militants from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.

Cops catch father accused of forcing 11-year-old to become drug mule

A Colombian father was arrested on suspicion of forcing his 11-year-old daughter to swallow 104 cocaine-filled capsules and trying to use her as a drugs mule.

'Keep protests peaceful' Obama urges Ferguson

US President Barack Obama urged calm Friday ahead of a grand jury decision expected to trigger protests in the restive town of Ferguson, where the FBI arrested two men for buying explosives.

Worm burrows through man's brain, scientists sequence it's DNA

A went to his doctor because he was suffering from headaches and experiencing strange smells - only to find out there was a rare parasitic worm in his brain.

Pneumonic plague hits Madagascar, 40 killed

An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Hlophe tribunal challenge dismissed, again

The High Court in Johannesburg has denied two Constitutional Court judges leave to appeal a previous ruling on the lawfulness of a JSC probe into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

Second great white found at Australia's Bondi

A great white shark has been caught in nets at Sydney's Bondi Beach, authorities said Saturday, the second of the predators found dead at the popular swimming spot this week.

Guptas to list uranium mine to raise R800 million

The Gupta family intend listing a uranium mine on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to raise R800 million.

Assange welcome in Ecuador embassy 'as long as necessary'

Ecuador Friday guaranteed political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for "as long as necessary," one day after he lost an appeal against a Swedish warrant for his arrest.

Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study

Research shows that you can double your intake of saturated fats - without driving up their level in your blood.

British volunteers head to Sierra Leone to battle Ebola

A first group of volunteers from Britain's state National Health Service were to depart Saturday for Sierra Leone to join the Ebola epidemic fightback, the UK government said.

Germany commits nearly R1 billion to South Africa

Germany has committed to provide nearly R1 billion to South Africa for various joint projects, the German embassy said on Friday.
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