12:37 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The price of Brent crude oil slumped to a fresh five-year low on Tuesday, as weak Chinese manufacturing data stoked global demand concerns, with sentiment also plagued by over-supply.
In morning trade in London, the price of Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January sank to 59 dollars 63 a barrel, breaching the key level of 60 dollars for the first time since mid-2009.... read more
09:09 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, December 15, 2014
Five people have managed to flee from a Sydney cafe where a gunman is holding several people hostage in a Lindt chocolate Cafe.
Three hostages, all men, emerged from the cafe almost six hours after the standoff began with two women fleeing around an hour later, watched by heavily armed police.
It was not clear if they escaped or were released.
Earlier police said they had managed to make contact with the gunman but di... read more
17:48 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, December 05, 2014
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has called for transparent communication on the progress of repair work at the fuel tank farm in the Port of Port Elizabeth.
On Wednesday, Transnet National Ports Authority, said it had suspended operations at the tank farm facilities so that emergency repair work could be undertaken at the facility.
It also said that fuel companies had contingent plans in place to ensure continuit... read more
15:10 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, December 01, 2014
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Rhodes University Professor Tebello Nyokong as a member of a High-level Panel to advise on the organisational and operational aspects of the proposed Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to the least developed countries.
Prof Nyokong is the only professor in South Africa to be appointed to the panel.
The Pa... read more
12:24 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, November 30, 2014
Afghan officials say the latest Taliban strike in the capital, Kabul killed a South African father and his two children.
Sapa reports that the city's police chief resigned after at least nine militant attacks in two weeks.
As the US-led NATO war against the Taliban nears its end, the insurgents have targeted foreign compounds, embassy vehicles, US troops and a female Afghan member of parliament.
General Mohammed Zahir... read more
09:21 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, November 30, 2014
An umpire and former captain of Israel's national cricket team died Saturday after being hit by a ball, just two days after the
death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes due to a freak head injury left the sports world reeling.
The Israel cricket association said Hillel Oscar died after being hit by a ball which had been struck by a batsman.
Oscar, 55, was officiating in a match in the southern port city of Ashdod.
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07:31 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Namibia's press agency says an American citizen has been caught after attempting to escape from a prison in the capital, Windhoek.
The Namibian Press Agency reports that Los Angeles native Marcus Tomas climbed a tree inside the Windhoek Central Prison and tried to jump over the barbed wire fence but instead landed on top of the fence.
Prison authorities told the press agency that they found Tomas hanging from the b... read more
09:31 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 31, 2014
The claws of Ebola have taken more than 5 000 lives since March this year, but a simple cellphone App which can work off-line is offering a glimmer of hope.
Philip and Malan Joubert, two brothers from Stellenbosch based in California, have developed an Ebola Care app to aid organisations fighting Ebola.
Built, using their company the Journey Platform, the EbolaCare app is currently being piloted in Liberia with... read more
15:51 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 24, 2014
African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and an AU delegation came face to face with the fight against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease when they touched down at Sierra Leone's Lungi international airport.
In a statement today, the AU said Dlamini-Zuma's entourage was greeted with no-handshakes as officials rather bowed in gentle reverence.
Guests and members of the delegation had to wash their... read more
12:12 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
There is still no news on when the bodies of more than 80 South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria, will arrive in South Africa.
Government spokesperson, Phumla Williams says the laboratory in Lagos has not given them an update.
She said once they get new information on those killed when the Synagogue Church of all Nations building collapse, a media briefing would be called.
On October 12, City Pr... read more
09:10 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, October 03, 2014
A South African woman, accused of murdering her three young disabled children in Britain, is expected to appear in the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court of England and Wales in London on Friday for a pretrial hearing.
During her last appearance, the 42-year-old London mother admitted to killing her children.
Tania Clarence wept in the dock as she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of... read more
07:36 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 25, 2014
President Jacob Zuma says Africa continues to lag behind in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Zuma said this was despite the continent's move to adopt the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
Zuma however acknowledged that South Africa had made significant progress in achieving the Millenium Development Goals.
This included halving... read more
06:52 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, September 14, 2014
Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister, David Cameron late on Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil."
Cameron confirmed Haines' death in a statement posted on his official Twitter account, after the British Foreign Office had said earlier that it was "working urgently t... read more
09:16 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, September 12, 2014
Judgement is expected to continue in the Pretoria High Court today in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. Masipa adjourned proceedings in the High Court before dealing with the matter of whether Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide.
This was after she had found that he could not be guilty of murder as the State had not proved this beyond reasonable doubt.
Watch the LIVE proceedings below:
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10:37 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, September 11, 2014
Judge Thokozile Masipa promised on Thursday there would be no exhaustive "rehash" of evidence during her judgment of murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.
"It shall not be possible, nor will it serve any purpose, to rehash the evidence in detail," she said in the High Court in Pretoria.
She said three issues arose during the trial, but that these had subsequently lost their importance. The three... read more