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20 February 2018 10:31 AM Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

Pittsburgh - In the year's first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh oppose banning weapons like the semi-automatic rifle used in Florida last week to kill 17 students and teachers. Rick Saccone, a 60-year-old Republican state lawmaker, says existing laws need better enforcement and underlying societal problems 21

16 February 2018 8:21 PM Froome to line up at Tirreno-Adriatico in March

Herrera - Chris Froome's next race will be at the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy in March, his team said on Friday. Team Sky confirmed the news ahead of the start of the third stage of the Ruta del Sol at Mancha Real in southern Spain. The week-long Tirreno-Adriatico, won last year by Nairo Quintana, will run from March 7 to 13 and will help Froome in his build-up 23

16 February 2018 4:25 PM Inxeba reclassification angers Right2Know

Johannesburg – The Right2Know Campaign on Friday described the Film and Publication Board's (FPB) decision to reclassify the film Inxeba as homophobic censorship. The organisation in a statement said: "The FPB appeal board recently reclassified award-winning film Inxeba to X18 with the classifiable elements of sex, language, nudity, violence and prejudice 34

13 February 2018 6:00 AM Striking trainee doctors brave ban to protest in Algeria

Algiers - Some 1 000 striking trainee doctors took to the streets of Algeria's capital on Monday to demand the scrapping of compulsory public service in defiance of a ban on protests in the city. The demonstrators - wearing black armbands or surgical masks emblazoned with "angry doctors" - managed to gather for a sit-in in the heart of Algiers despite 24

10 February 2018 7:58 AM Warning of illegal South African abalone flowing into Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Illegally poached abalone from South Africa is pouring into Hong Kong where the gastronomic gastropods are a traditional and expensive banquet favourite, a new study warned. The report on Friday by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, released just before Chinese New Year, estimated that 65% of South African abalone imported to Hong Kong in 2015 was illicitly 32

06 February 2018 11:44 AM UK bank bans bitcoin purchases via credit card

London - Lloyds Banking Group on Monday joined major US banks in banning purchases of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via credit card amid debt and security concerns. An LBG spokesprson said the ban was across its Lloyd Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA branded credit cards. In a brief statement, he said LBG does "not accept credit card transactions 37

05 February 2018 2:34 PM Suspected jihadists kill two soldiers in Mali

Bamako - Suspected jihadists killed two Malian soldiers overnight in the country's unstable north, military sources said on Monday, adding that they also attacked a police station. Mali's deteriorating security situation is of growing concern as Al-Qaeda-linked groups mount increasingly deadly attacks on domestic and foreign forces. "Terrorists on motorbikes 37

02 February 2018 12:50 PM Australia anti-gay marriage opponent attends same-sex wedding

Canberra - A former Australian prime minister who was a leader of the national campaign against gay marriage has attended the same-sex marriage of his lesbian sister in Sydney. Tony Abbott joined his sister Christine Forster when she married her partner Virginia Edwards in a civil ceremony overlooking the Sydney Opera House on Friday. Abbott told reporters 37

30 January 2018 10:22 AM India's 'father' Gandhi: 10 key dates

– 1869: Born on October 2 as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi at Porbandar in the western Indian state of Gujarat. – 1883: Married off by his parents to Kasturba Makanji. The couple are both aged 13 and go on to have four children. – 1893-1915: Works as a lawyer in South Africa. In 1913 carries out his first non-violent action, the Transvaal march, a protest 63

28 January 2018 8:10 AM Gayle, Steyn and other foreign stars left unsold at IPL auction

Bangalore - Rising pace bowler Jaydev Unadkat joined Rajasthan Royals for $1.8 million on Sunday but a long list of foreign stars went unsold in the Indian Premier League auction. After snapping up Ben Stokes for $1.96 million on the opening day, the Royals made Unadkat their second most expensive buy and the top-priced Indian in the auction 34