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South African car crashes into roof

A South African driver has escaped with her life after her car nose-dived into the roof of a house, say the ambulance service Netcare911. They have tweeted pictures of the aftermath of the incident in KwaZulu-Natal province: Netcare’s Chris Botha told the Africa Live page that the woman had driven through the intersection at a junction and then through a ...

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Huge fire engulfs London tower block

A huge fire engulfed a 27-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in central London on Wednesday, injuring at least 30 people and possibly trapping some residents who were sleeping inside the towering inferno. Massive flames licked up the sides of the block as 200 firef London Fire Brigade said the fire had engulfed all floors from the second to the ...

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UK general election backfires on Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s future is looking uncertain after her election gamble appears to have backfired, the BBC has reported. The opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has performed far better than polls indicated and is likely to cost May her majority in the UK Parliament. Corbyn, speaking after being re-elected in Islington North, said it was time ...

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Trump blasts Russia probe

President Donald Trump sought to insert himself into congressional investigations on Russia on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to hear from one of his former advisers, Carter Page, to counter testimony by directors of the FBI and CIA. Trump has been dismissive of probes by the FBI and several congressional panels into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential ...

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Zuma owes SA citizens an apology: Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang says constitutionalism started failing when we as South Africans folded our arms when the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold the country’s Constitution. He says Zuma should have apologised to the entire country and not just to the African National Congress (ANC).

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China commits to Paris climate deal as Trump decision looms

China will honour its commitments on climate change, its premier has said, as the US appears poised to pull out of a key deal. Speaking on a visit to Germany, Premier Li Keqiang said fighting climate change was in China’s own interest. China was counting on other countries to follow its example, Mr Li said. US President Donald Trump is ...

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Why did ‘power surge’ hit BA computers?

It is one of the worst IT meltdowns to hit British Airways in recent memory – thousands of passengers had flights disrupted or cancelled at the weekend and there were chaotic scenes at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Some travellers are still waiting to be reunited with their luggage, five days later. But what really went wrong? No-one seems to ...

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Open Sesame: Science centre unveiled in Jordan

In a rare show of unity in the Middle East, an advanced research centre to be shared by the troubled region is opening today in Jordan. Despite political tensions and rows, countries usually hostile to each other are jointly supporting the venture. Its name is Sesame – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. The facility hosts ...

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Trump ‘shared classified information with Russia’

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about so-called Islamic State (IS) to Russia’s foreign minister, US media report. The information, related to the use of laptops on aircraft, came from a partner of the US which had not given permission for it to be shared with Russia, says the Washington Post. Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval ...

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Mugabe delivers 300 cattle to AU

PART of the 300 herd of cattle donated by President Mugabe to the African Union (AU) have been converted to cash through an auction as part of efforts to ensure the continental body becomes self-sufficient. During his chairmanship of AU in 2015, the President pushed for self-financing so that 75 percent of locally mobilised resources go towards running AU programmes, ...

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