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18 September 2018 3:38 PM Rocky start for Sierra Leone's free school programme

Some two million children in Sierra Leone went back to school on Monday in a key test of the country's landmark free education programme for primary and high school students. It was a key election pledge of President Julius Maada Bio, who took office in early April. Bio has said he will donate three months of his salary to the scheme, which covers school 23

18 September 2018 2:01 PM Plague outbreak kills two in Madagascar

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed two people, a health official said on Tuesday, marking the official start of the season when the disease is considered to be at its deadliest. Last year more than 200 people were killed before epidemics of bubonic and pneumonic plague were brought under control in November. The World Health Organisation 23

11 September 2018 5:19 PM Chiefs punished for fan violence, set to play behind closed doors

Cape Town - A Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee has found Kaizer Chiefs guilty in regard to the fan violence that erupted at Moses Mabhida stadium in April. Amakhosi fans broke through a chain of security guards after Free State Stars handed the Soweto giants a 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat in April. They proceeded to destroy parts 26

10 September 2018 9:18 PM Musk scores a much-needed win with successful SpaceX launch

Space Exploration Technologies launched a commercial satellite for Telesat from Florida, marking the rocket company’s 16th mission of 2018 - two years of uninterrupted achievements. The launch, the 16th successful mission of about 30 targeted this year, is a bright spot in an otherwise tumultuous few months for chief executive officer Elon Musk, who also heads 37

10 September 2018 6:05 PM Egypt security forces kill 11 suspected jihadists in Sinai

Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula as they press a campaign against Islamist militants in the area, a security source said on Monday. The military launched a sweeping operation in February focused on the Sinai in eastern Egypt aimed at wiping out jihadists, including from the Islamic State group, who have been waging 30

07 September 2018 7:15 PM Lahore Qalanders favourites to land AB's signature

Cape Town - The Pakistan Super League have confirmed that former Proteas superstar AB de Villiers will be available in the upcoming player draft. De Villiers retired from international cricket earlier this year, dropping the bombshell after returning home from the 2018 Indian Premier League. The PSL's official twitter account tweeted out the announcement 26

06 September 2018 1:39 PM Malaysia PM denounces caning of women for lesbian sex

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the caning of two women convicted of having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, after the punishment sparked a storm of criticism. The pair were caned in front of more than 100 spectators in an Islamic court on Monday, with one of the women breaking down in tears, after they admitted 29

05 September 2018 3:15 PM State questions why accused did nothing to help dying Coligny teen

More could have been done to save the life of Coligny teen Matlhomola Moshoeu, the North West High Court in Mahikeng has heard. This was what prosecutor Moeketsi put to Phillip Schutte in court on Wednesday when he cross-examined him about his version of what transpired on April 20, 2017 – the day that Moshoeu died. Schutte, 34, is accused of Moshoeu's 25

04 September 2018 2:59 PM Coligny teen died of aspiration – defence medical expert testifies

A defence medical expert has disputed a State pathologist's findings that Coligny teen Matlhomola Moshoeu's injuries were consistent with a fall or jump from a vehicle. Instead, Sumaya Rajan, who specialises in trauma, told the North West High Court in Mahikeng that Moshoeu had died of aspiration – "when blood or fluid enters the lung and it will compromise 35

03 September 2018 6:49 PM House price growth faces downward trend for third year running

Real house price growth has continued to decline and while it is still mildly positive in nominal terms, it remains negative in real terms, John Loos, household and property sector strategist at FNB said on Monday. Furthermore, Loos says it appears highly likely that 2018, as a whole, will end up showing slower average house price growth than 2017. The average 43