Pray for peaceful polls: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Friday asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on May 7.

Mbete hiding Nkandla behind cultural practices: Mazibuko

ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete is protecting President Jacob Zuma by using culture to defend corruption behind the security upgrades in Nkandla, DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

Most abducted schoolgirls still missing: Nigeria

Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them.

MH370 search set to be most expensive in aviation history

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is set to be the most expensive in aviation history, analysts say, as efforts to find the aircraft deep under the Indian Ocean show no signs of slowing.

US sanctions Zimbabwe elections chief for undermining democracy

The US Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.

Japan to continue 'scientific' whaling in Pacific

Japan has decided to continue its whaling programme in the Pacific Ocean, reports said, despite losing a United Nations court case on its other "research" hunt in the Antarctic.

SA signs anti-poaching deal with Mozambique

South Africa signed an anti-poaching agreement with Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.

NFP welcomes new 2500 members in Eastern Cape

The National Freedom Party welcomed about 2500 new members in Bizana in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi said.

112 children die in Vietnam measles outbreak

At least 112 children have died of measles in Vietnam this year, a news report said Friday.

Every day one of our colleagues becomes a martyr: Egypt police

Colonel Amr has forbidden his family to discuss his police work; with militants relentlessly targeting Egypt's security forces he remains perpetually on guard against what he says is "an unseen enemy".
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Hornets chase golfer into water hazard

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape a swarm of attacking hornets during the Malaysian Open on Friday in what he called the "scariest moment" of his golfing career.

Tunisian president slashes salary by two-thirds

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki announced his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as "critical."

Australia, Malaysia discuss who gets MH370's black box

Malaysia and Australia will sign a deal specifying who handles any wreckage from missing flight MH370 that may be recovered, including the crucial "black box" flight data recorders, local media reported.

Fresh offer in platinum strike

Amplats, Implats and Lonmin have presented the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union with a new offer in a bid to end the strike in the platinum sector, a spokeswoman for the producers said.

1.2 metre snake cuddles up to Pinetown woman

Pinetown resident Jackie Tindale was woken up by a rather startling guest in her bed - a 1.2 metre long snake according to a report.

12 killed, three missing in Everest avalanche

An avalanche swept Mount Everest's slopes on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing, officials said.

Hunger may explain female insect's penis

Scientists on Thursday described four insect species that dwell in extremely dry caves in Brazil, feed on bat guano and possess what the researchers called an "evolutionary novelty."

Thousands flock to watch men being crucified in Philippines

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ.
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Nearly a fifth of China's farmland polluted

Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said.

Gunmen kill 20 at UN South Sudan base: US

Gunmen killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others when they stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, the US envoy to the world body said.

Five die on the way to Nkandla

Five people died and 12 others were seriously injured on Friday morning in a mini-bus accident on a road between Muden and Weenen near Greytown, paramedics said.
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