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'Taxis, behave or be shut'

Independent Online - ‎14 hours ago‎
Johannesburg -. Although the closure of two taxi ranks in Gauteng has been averted, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi warned that other problematic ones could be closed.
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Castro brothers' resistance to change could test renewed US-Cuba diplomacy

Washington Post - ‎11 minutes ago‎
During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans.
Obama Faces Opposition on Cuba
Why did Obama renew ties with Cuba?
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The Cuban spy released to the United States as part of a campaign to improve relations between Washington and Havana was instrumental in breaking some of the Castro regime's most notorious espionage missions, officials said Thursday. #Cuba  
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Ruined by city council

Times LIVE - ‎5 hours ago‎
Two years ago international shoe distributor PhindiK was a success story - but now the South African couple behind the venture have "lost everything".
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Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap 185 People in Nigeria

NDTV - ‎54 minutes ago‎
Maiduguri: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said on Thursday.
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Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited

Times of India - ‎9 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES: The US government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film "The ...
North Korea Behind Sony Hack? If So, It Had Help, Expert Says
The real villain in Sony hack is not Hollywood
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Will Hollywood's cowardice in the face of hacker threats continue? Sony has canceled the release of the Seth Rogan and James Franco comedy, "The Interview" after the GOP hacker group threatened another 911 if they were to release the movie. New Regency has preemptively canceled a movie starring Steve Carell that was set in North Korea. And now Paramount has pulled Team America, which was scheduled to be shown in place of the p...
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Setback for collective bargaining extension

BDlive - ‎10 minutes ago‎
THE Labour Court in Johannesburg has set aside a three-year agreement in the metals industry, a serious blow for collective bargaining but which the National Employers Association of SA (Neasa) called a "huge victory".
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Lakhvi remained in touch with pals from prison: US agencies

The Hindu - ‎1 hour ago‎
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed as 'unfortunate' the bail granted to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Have they learned nothing? Pakistan releases 26/11 terror mastermind just days ...
Pakistan court bails man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack
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After a Pakistani court granted bail to an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, many Pakistanis took to Twitter to support India, which they often see as their rival. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, of the Pakistani armed group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is accused of plotting the attack in India's largest city that left 166 people dead. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2009. On Thursday, he was granted bail "against a surety amount of one m...

Russia's Crumbling Economy Faces Fresh Sanctions

Sky Songs - ‎2 hours ago‎
Mr Putin says sanctions are having little effect on Russia's economy as the West vows to carry on hitting Moscow where it hurts.
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US President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will allow the White House to levy further sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, though the Administration has said it has no immediate plans to introduce them.
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'Collapsed Synagogue building had Lagos govt approval'

Nigerian Tribune - ‎15 minutes ago‎
A town planner, Bisi Adedire, has told the Lagos State Coroner Court, sitting in Ikeja, that the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations' (SCON) building, which killed 119 people had the Lagos State approval.
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Zambia Opposition Leader to Launch Campaign After Court Ruling

Voice of America - ‎3 hours ago‎
The newly confirmed leader of Zambia's main opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) says he will officially launch a nationwide campaign Friday in the run up to the January presidential by-election.
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Rugunda easier to work with – Speaker Kadaga

The Observer - ‎8 hours ago‎
The replacement of Amama Mbabazi with Ruhakana Rugunda as prime minister improved the relations between Parliament and the executive, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said.
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Kalaba refutes Scott claims

Zambia Daily Mail - ‎4 hours ago‎
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has dismissed claims by acting President Guy Scott that the Patriotic Front (PF) wants to use public funds for campaigns for the forthcoming presidential election.
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Staff aren't laughing at SABC jokes

Mail & Guardian Online - ‎6 hours ago‎
The best thing about Ellen Tshabalala's resignation as SABC chairperson this week, staffers say, is that they will go into festive season parties less likely to be the butt of all jokes.
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Ten men held for illegal firearms

Times LIVE - ‎10 hours ago‎
"This will help us determine whether any of the firearms have been used either in taxi violence or mall robberies." File photo.
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Labour Court overturns SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay's suspension

BDlive - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Mr Pillay was suspended on December 5 by Commissioner Tom Moyane, who had argued that the findings and recommendations of an investigation by Adv Muzi Sikhakhane into an alleged covert unit necessitated the suspension.
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Progress on Limpopo textbook deliveries - department

Mail & Guardian Online - ‎15 hours ago‎
The basic education department reports that Limpopo textbook deliveries are on track, with pupils set to receive their materials on time.
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Man in court for stabbing toddlers

News24 - ‎9 hours ago‎
Johannesburg - A man accused of stabbing and wounding two small children and their mother in Dobsonville, Soweto, was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.
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PPI Slows in November - ‎12 hours ago‎
Pretoria - The Producer Price Index (PPI) slowed to 6.5% in November, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday. "The annual percentage change in the PPI for final manufactured goods was 6.5% in November 2014 (compared with 6.7% in October ...
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No power cuts expected

The New Age Online - ‎11 hours ago‎
Eskom was "cautiously confident" that it would not have to implement blackouts over the festive season despite the power system being constrained, it said on Thursday.
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IS to take over MWeb Business users

IT-Online - ‎10 hours ago‎
Internet Solutions has announced that conditional approval for the proposed transaction that will see Dimension acquire MWeb Business, Optinet Service Division and the Optinet Network Division from MWeb Connect has been received from the South ...
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New Miss SA to be crowned this week - ‎Dec 16, 2014‎
As Rolene Strauss becomes Miss World she will effectively pass on her title as Miss South Africa to First Princess, Ziphozakhe Zokufa, who is set to be crowned in a ceremony held at the Maslow Hotel.
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AKA bites back face to face at Cassper.

Johannesburg Sunday World - ‎13 hours ago‎
Every dog can bark and bite, AKA had his turn last night at Cassper Nyovest when they met at the Hip Hop Awards last night. inShare0.
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Memorable debut for Stiaan van Zyl

The Hindu - ‎8 hours ago‎
Hashim Amla's third double-ton for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl's unbeaten century on debut against West Indies helped the hosts declare on 552 for five before rain brought an early end to day two of the first Test on Thursday.
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Johnson and Smith cut India to ribbons - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson mounted the boldest of counterattacks to pull Australia to within sight of India's first-innings tally on the third morning at the Gabba, after a pair of early wickets threatened to put the second Test in the lap of the visitors.
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ODIs will see the Windies beefed up

Mail & Guardian Online - ‎12 hours ago‎
More than ever, international cricket needs the Caribbean team to take its place among the best once again. West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was not selected for the Tests because of the team's ODI walkout against India.
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Pirates play Santa Claus

Sport24 - ‎15 hours ago‎
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler leads his team to the Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg. (Images courtesy of Orlando Pirates).
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Kuhn's bats a solid ton for Titans

The Witness - ‎5 hours ago‎
A FIGHTING century by Heino Kuhn underpinned a solid innings by the Unlimited Titans, who, having been put in to bat by the Chevrolet Knights in Bloemfontein yesterday, ended the day on 364 for eight.
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Deforestation in the Amazon will cause precipitation in Britain

The Independent - ‎9 hours ago‎
Britain's wet weather could be made worse by deforestation in the Amazon, according to a new report into the effect of the loss of vast tracts of rainforest on the world's climate.
Tropical deforestation could disrupt rainfall globally
Tropical deforestation threatens global food production
The Stream
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According to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change, tropical deforestation could lead to a 15 per cent decrease in rainfall across South America, Central Africa and Southeast Asia by 2050, resulting in a loss in food production worldwide. Read more:
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Climate change could cut 18 percent of world food production by 2050

PBS NewsHour - ‎4 hours ago‎
Farmers and ranchers struggle as Texas endures historic drought. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Farmers are already suffering from droughts worsened by global climate change.
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Global life expectancy six years longer than in 1990, study finds

ABC Online - ‎21 hours ago‎
People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, more than six years longer than in 1990, thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis ...

Do prisoners have access to better medical facilities than the public?

TheSouthAfrican - ‎15 hours ago‎
South Africa's Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla has said that correctional facilities in South Africa are not the “disease-infested”, poorly serviced centres of public perception.
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