A rescue helicopter from the French Gendarmerie lands behind a media satellite dish seen during operations near the crash site of an Airbus A320, in Seyne-les-Alpes

Germanwings co-pilot crashed plane on purpose: prosecutor

The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 "intentionally" crashed the Airbus with 150 people on board into the French Alps, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday.

Germanwings co-pilot lived with parents, avid runner

Details emerged Thursday about the co-pilot who French authorities say "deliberately" initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed this week, killing all 150 people on board.

Eskom halts work at strike-hit Medupi power station

Eskom said striking workers had destroyed property at the Medupi power plant it is building, the state-owned group closing the site on Thursday to assess the damage.

Tshwane to bury 8-year-old who dreamt of becoming a cop with police honours

Eight-year-old Given Sibanyoni had dreamt of becoming a Metro Police Officer when he grew up, but died of kidney cancer.

Mayors rubbish Zuma's blueprint

President Jacob Zuma's blueprint for fixing local government - Back to Basics - was shredded yesterday in an ugly confrontation between local government administrators and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan.

No more bunking, MPs

The days of MPs getting away with missing parliamentary sittings should become a thing of the past from next month when a fingerprint attendance system is activated.

Senzo Meyiwa's parents know who killed him: report

Slain Orlando Pirates soccer player Senzo Meyiwa's parents are adamant that they know who killed him.

It's your fault you tripped over vacuum cleaner cord, Virgin tells ex-swim champ

The owners of Virgin Active Gym have passed the buck on a R4.2-million lawsuit brought by an elderly fitness fanatic.

Egyptian woman reveals 42-year secret of survival: pretending to be a man

She has worked for more than 30 years among the shoeshine men of Luxor. She sits with men in coffee shops, prays with them in the local mosque and dresses just as they do in pants or a traditional floor-length tunic known as a galabeya.

Floyd Mayweather advisor denies boxer was 'floored' by Zab Judah during sparring

Floyd Mayweather camp has dismissed claims that the undefeated American superstar boxer was knocked out in sparring by his training partner by Zab Judah.

Lionel Messi earns almost R18 million-a-week to make him world's highest paid footballer

Lionel Messi's total income for 2014, including his wages at Barcelona and numerous sponsorship deals, stood at a whopping £47.8 million ($71.3 million), making him the world's highest-paid footballer ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

There is gold in your poo: chemists

Human sewage contains metals like gold and silver, as well as rarer elements such as palladium and vanadium according to work presented at the 249 National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Cuba, US to discuss human rights on Tuesday

The governments of Cuba and the United States are to meet in Washington Tuesday to discuss the thorny issue of human rights, a Cuban Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.

Kenya's president promises to fight graft, critics doubtful

Kenya's president promised on Thursday to take personal charge of a battle against corruption and said anyone in office cited in a report by an anti-graft watchdog should step aside pending investigation, regardless of their rank.

Man shot by police after sheep robbery

A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly attempting to steal 21 sheep in Schweizer-Reneke early on Thursday morning, North West police said.

Judgement reserved in Eskom CEO's suspension challenge

Judgment in the challenge by Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona to have his suspension set aside has been reserved by the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, City Press online reported.

Kekana death a loss for entertainment industry: Mthethwa

The death of musician and actor Senyaka Kekana is a loss for the entertainment industry, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said.

Twitter pits Periscope against Meerkat

Twitter on Thursday launched its streaming video application Periscope, a move that could dampen enthusiasm for the rising online star Meerkat, which offers a similar service.

Repo rate unchanged, stays 5.75 percent

The repo rate will remain unchanged at 5.75 percent, SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Thursday.

World Cup team reduction shows a few chickens had flown ICC's mental coop

The International Cricket Council (ICC) seems to be talking itself into a crows-nest of confusion again.

Landlord finds house wired to blow

A Massachusetts landlord says he was lucky he wasn't killed, after he found a homemade bomb set to detonate at the flip of a switch in his Milton property.
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