An emotional Rolene Strauss calls on South Africa to 'walk this journey with me'

Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss on Saturday called on South Africans to support her through her tenure.

An angry Obama warns North Korea over Sony movie hack

US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

Pierre Korkie's family to use R1,7 million donation for fresh start

The R1,7 million that was raised to help kidnap victim Pierre Korkie and his family after his expected release in Yemen, will now assist his widow and children start afresh, a family spokesman said on Saturday.

Chinese grandfather supports petition to expel HIV positive boy from village

The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that has sparked intense soul-searching in China.

EFF High Court judgement to be delivered next week

The Western Cape High Court will deliver judgment next week on the EFF's quest for an urgent interdict against sanctions implemented by Parliament against 20 of its MPs.

Durban police officer kills disabled son, commits suicide

A Durban police officer shot and killed his 19-year-old disabled son before turning the gun on himself, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

'7th Heaven' dad denies he is a pedophile

Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor just once.

Miss World, Rolene Strauss touches down in SA

Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss on Saturday walked out of the arrivals terminal of OR Tambo International Airport to loud cheers, whistles and ululation as South Africans welcomed her home.

Kenya's president signs controversial anti-terror bill into law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law a controversial anti-terrorism bill that sparked brawls in parliament and provoked charges that it violates basic freedoms.
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US drone strike kills five in northwest Pakistan

A US drone strike killed at least five militants in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday, security officials said, warning that the death toll was expected to rise.

Nigeria says reports of latest Boko Haram kidnap 'unverified'

Nigeria's military on Friday confirmed a deadly attack by Boko Haram in the northeast village of Gumsuri but said reports of a mass kidnapping needed to be verified.

Darren Bent's luxury Range Rover and Audi RS6 stolen from his home

Aston Villa's former England striker Darren Bent has reported the theft of two top of the range cars from his home near Birmingham, police disclosed on Friday.

Police confiscate dagga worth R80,000

A stash of dagga, with a street value of R80,000, has been found in a deserted shack at Skiet, an informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape Police said on Saturday.

Convicted 'Waterkloof four' killer released on parole

Convicted killer Frikkie du Preez, one of the so-called "Waterkloof four", was released on parole on Friday, correctional services said.

Cape Town shack fire leaves 118 people displaced

A total of 118 people have been left homeless after 30 shacks burned down in various parts of Cape Town, the City's Disaster Operations Centre said on Saturday.

Furore over Zim baby elephant move

Zimbabwean authorities have maintained that they abide by international treaties when sending live animals abroad, following controversy over the possible export of baby elephants to China or the United Arab Emirates, state media reported on Saturday.

Road Accident Fund payout criteria sexist, says judge

A High Court judge has criticised criteria used to determine Road Accident Fund (RAF) payout amounts for widows.

KwaZulu-Natal has highest rate of TB infection in SA

KwaZulu-Natal has the most people infected with TB in South Africa, provincial health department head Sibongile Zungu said on Friday.

Human rights in spotlight after US, Cuba deal

To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

UN funding shortage leaves Central African Republic children in need

The UN children's agency warned on Friday of a "critical funding shortfall" for its programmes in Central African Republic, where more than two million children are in need following a months-long sectarian bloodbath.

88,000 Displaced by series of massacres in Congo

A series of massacres in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced 88,000 people, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said Friday in Geneva.
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