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Cabinet Asks Israeli Defence 💪 Force to Withdraw from Gaza Strip 😱

South Africa's Cabinet called on the Israeli Defence Force to withdraw from the Gaza strip and bring to an end "the violent and destructive" incursions into Palestinian territories.

Presenting the outcomes of Wednesday's Cabinet meeting to the media on Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said: "Cabinet condemned in the strongest …

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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients 'taken to church'

Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre in the city of Mbandaka. This presents a …

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Stacey Abrams is first black female nominee for governor

Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia lawmaker and author, has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state. She won the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, telling voters that trying to "convert" Republicans into Democrats had previously failed. A Democrat has not held …

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2 Children Die 💐 in Durban Wall Collapse 😱

Two children have been killed after a wall collapse in Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban.

Paramedics found two girls aged five and seven with major injuries.

Netcare911 says nothing could be done for the girls who were declared dead at the scene.

Spokesperson Shawn Herbst said: “Two children were …

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Protests 💪 Lead University of Limpopo to Postpone Exams 📝

The University of Limpopo has decided to postpone examinations scheduled for Monday as a result of disruptions by students and workers protesting over outsourcing.

It is understood that some students as well as security guards, cleaners and gardeners, were fighting for workers to be insourced.

In a letter to students …

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Burundi backs new constitution extending presidential term limits

Voters in Burundi have backed constitutional amendments that could potentially allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034 as well as boost his powers. Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye, election commission chief, said 73 percent of voters had voted "Yes" in the referendum to change the constitution, including whether the current …

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Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations to begin in DR Congo

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to begin an immunisation campaign in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The experimental vaccine proved effective when used in limited trials during the epidemic which struck West Africa in 2014-16. At least 26 people are …

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'not global emergency'

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. It said there was a "strong reason to believe that the outbreak can be brought under control". At least 45 people are believed to have been infected …

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Nigerian 🆖 Students 'tied to Cross and Whipped' for Being Late 😱

Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside.

The three - including the headteacher - were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled across the incident in south-western Ogun State.

Pictures show at least two young …

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people about 130km (80 miles) from the area where the …

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Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring The Gambia's Jammeh to justice

A Ghanaian man is leading a campaign to bring The Gambia's ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh to justice over the murder of 56 migrants who were mistaken for coup plotters, writes the BBC's Alex Duval Smith. Martin Kyere leapt from the pick-up truck into the darkness. Bullets whistled around him as he …

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Tributes 💐 Paid to South Africa's Celebrated Photographer 📷

South Africans are mourning celebrated photographer Sam Nzima, who died over the weekend.

Nzima's iconic picture of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson, who was shot dead by police on 16 June 1976 during a demonstration by black students in Soweto township, earned him world acclaim.

Many more people were killed over three …

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