Fresh bloodshed in Gaza as Hamas denies holding soldier

A fresh wave of violence killed dozens in Gaza after the collapse of a UN and US backed ceasefire, officials said Saturday, as Hamas denied it kidnapped an Israeli soldier.

Ebola 'moving faster than efforts to control it': WHO

The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption.

I went back to prostitution ring after giving birth at 15: testifies prostitute

An 18-year-old woman told the Durban Regional Court on Friday that she gave birth to a baby four months after her 15th birthday and returned to prostitution three months after its birth.

Farms are dying

Rural areas are in a "death spiral", with thousands of farmers abandoning their land.

No Ebola in SA, says National Institute for Communicable Diseases

There are no cases of Ebola in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Friday.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip

US condemns 'barbaric' Hamas ceasefire breach

The United States blamed Hamas for the breakdown of a ceasefire with Israeli forces Friday, accusing the Palestinian militant group of launching a "barbaric" attack to capture an Israeli soldier.

Bullfrogs spur plans to dispose of Pollsmoor and Leeuwkop prisons

Plans to dispose of Pollsmoor and Leeuwkop prisons were prompted by security concerns, limited land, and a population of bullfrogs, according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha.

Dalindyebo not co-operative king: AbaThembu

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is not a co-operative leader, the royal family said.

Brickz wants rape case dropped

Kwaito musician Sipho Charles Ndlovu, accused of raping a 17-year-old girl, wants the case withdrawn, the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Uganda constitutional court annuls new anti-gay law

Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

Skin graft will give transgender DJ new tribal tattooed penis

A Welsh DJ who has had a sex change will need to have skin grafted for his new penis from his forearm, which is covered by tattoos.

NATO must respond to Russia: Cameron

NATO must rethink its long-term relationship with Russia and strengthen the alliance's ability to respond quickly to any threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday.

Zuma has little impact on SA's reputation: Brand SA

Scandals involving President Jacob Zuma have little impact on South Africa's reputation in the US, Brand SA country manager Simon Barber said on Friday.

Saudi king labels Israeli offensive in Gaza a war crime

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah broke his silence on Friday over the three-week-old conflict in Gaza, condemning what he saw as international silence over Israel's offensive and describing this as a war crime and "state-sponsored terrorism".

Surfaces could be cleaning themselves soon

Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have created a new way of making surfaces that actively control how fluids move across them.

Kids Haven protege wins medal for South Africa

Commonwealth Games medallist Mpho Madi, a product of the Kids Haven home in Benoni, met her future foster mother through wrestling.

French hospital plans wine bar to cheer patients' last days

The French have long been famed for their unshakeable belief in the health benefits of a glass of wine.

Petrol price stays the same for August

The price of petrol will remain the same but the diesel price will go down, the energy department said on Friday.

Joburg granny tied up for two days

A 75-year-old woman was tied up for two days at her home in Morningside, Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Friday.

'Easter egg' campaign lets you unlock free beer

Castle Lite has launched an ‘Easter Egg’ campaign to reward its customers with free beer.

The war zones we fly over

Hundreds of flights leaving South Africa each week are flying over war zones.
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