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  • Bouteflika, citing flu, scraps talks with with Saudi prince

    03 December 2018 7:00 PM 22

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's planned meeting with Abdelaziz Bouteflika was canceled on Monday because the Algerian president has the flu. Bouteflika's office said in a statement that he was confined to bed with an "acute flu." The prince is in Algeria as he continues his tour of Arab nations after attending the Group of 20 summit in Argentina

  • OR Tambo Airport heist robbers put behind bars

    03 December 2018 5:48 PM 38

    The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg handed lengthy terms of imprisonment to two men who committed a robbery at OR International Airport in 2017. A third man, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, was also put behind bars. In the robbery, which resembled a scene from a movie, the robbers made off with R24m in foreign currency

  • Egypt hosts international arms expo

    03 December 2018 3:02 PM 22

    Egypt is hosting its first international weapons fair, an event that organisers hope will project a message to the world that the country is secure and stable. The three-day Egypt Defence Expo that opened on Monday features the world's top arms companies and hundreds of military and civilian participants from dozens of countries. The United States, Egypt's

  • Durban driver fights back, shoots and kills suspected robber

    03 December 2018 12:47 PM 72

    A Durban driver, who was being robbed with a knife to his throat, fought back and killed one of his assailants, police said on Monday. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the driver was accosted in Pinetown, just before 07:00, on the corner of Anderson and Josiah Gumede roads. "It is alleged that one [suspect] switched off the engine

  • Murder-accused in Sadia Sukhraj botched hijacking death to be tried in February

    03 December 2018 12:04 PM 35

    It was a brief first appearance in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban for murder and hijacking accused Sibonelo Mkhize who was allegedly involved in a botched hijacking that resulted in the death of 9-year-old Sadia Sukhraj. Mkhize, 35, who wore spectacles and a white shirt, appeared calm on Monday morning. He will remain in police custody until

  • 'Eskom employee' caught driving at 162km/h to 'deal with load shedding'

    03 December 2018 5:21 AM 24

    Four people were arrested on Sunday for driving way over the speed limit in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg. One speedster claimed to be an Eskom employee who was "dealing with load shedding issues". The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department's High Speed Unit arrested the four on Sunday between 05:00 and 11:00 on the stretch of the N3 freeway southbound

  • Twitter reacts to De Lille's GOOD party name

    02 December 2018 4:45 PM 27

    Seasoned politician Patricia de Lille says her new political party is GOOD. But South Africans are still up in the air about the name choice. She revealed the party's name on Sunday, which immediately had citizens rushing to their cellphones for some politically "punny" jokes. Aunty Pat, as she is known, resigned as the mayor two months ago, following

  • Saudi prince starts Sunday a two-day visit to Algeria

    02 December 2018 12:13 PM 37

    Algeria's presidency says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will start a two-day visit to Algeria on Sunday with a focus on economic ties between the two countries. The visit aims to consolidate boosting bilateral cooperation, the statement said. A diplomatic official told The Associated Press that the Saudi prince, known as MBS, will meet Algerian

  • Teen drowns in Richard Bay, toddler survives pool drowning

    02 December 2018 7:25 AM 35

    Two children drowned in separate incidents in Kwazulu-Natal at the weekend, according to paramedics. On Saturday afternoon, a 16-year-old boy fatally drowned at Meerensee beach in Richards Bay, Netcare 911 reported on Sunday. The teenager was reported to have gone missing while swimming in the sea. "A search for the young boy was conducted by NSRI Station

  • Envoy says US aiming for warmer ties with Eritrea

    02 December 2018 4:58 AM 25

    The United States wants better ties with Eritrea following this month's lifting of UN sanctions against the Horn of Africa nation, Washington's top Africa diplomat said on Friday. The UN Security Council sanctioned Eritrea in 2009 for supporting Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia but lifted the restrictions following the July signing of a peace deal that ended