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31 March 2017 10:19 AM Rastafarians elated over High Court's dagga ruling

Cape Town – Rastafarians cheered through plumes of smoke, and shouted "history", after Judge Dennis Davis declared the private use of dagga legal on Friday. The Western Cape High Court made the landmark ruling, declaring that it is an infringement of constitutional rights to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes. In making the ruling on Friday 53

31 March 2017 7:57 AM EU Draft Guidelines Following U.K.’s Brexit Trigger: Text

Follow @Brexit for all the latest news, and sign up to our daily Brexit Bulletin newsletter. Below is the full text of the EU draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations. On 29 March 2017, the European Council has received the notification by the United Kingdom of its intention to withdraw from the European Union and Euratom. This allows for the opening 41

31 March 2017 2:22 AM Eyewitness News — EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities

BRUSSELS/VALLETTA – The European Union will tell Britain on Friday how it aims to negotiate its “orderly withdrawal” from the bloc, limit uncertainties for businesses and pave the way for a close future partnership. Donald Tusk, who chairs the European Council, will send leaders of the other 27 member states his proposed negotiating guidelines for Brexit 44

30 March 2017 4:05 PM Britain downplays Brexit security row

London - Britain sought to downplay a row over future security ties with the EU on Thursday, as London and Brussels drew up the first battle lines at the start of their two-year divorce. France and Germany also put up a common front against Prime Minister Theresa May's call to negotiate the exit and the new relationship at the same time, setting up a major 49

30 March 2017 12:39 PM Sascoc joins mourning of Kathrada’s passing

Kathrada was a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement, becoming a political activist at the early age of 12. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has paid tribute to anti-apartheid and human rights activist Ahmed Kathrada, who passed away on Tuesday after a short illness. Kathrada was a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement 24

30 March 2017 11:34 AM Israel slashes dues to UN following anti-Israel votes

Jerusalem — Israel announced on Wednesday it is reducing its required payment to the United Nations by $2m following recent "anti-Israel" votes. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision to reduce the annual payment was taken following votes critical of Israel at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. The General Assembly requires 31

30 March 2017 6:05 AM EU vows unity as Britain braces for Brexit

London - With the clock ticking on Britain's EU membership, the bloc's leadership vowed unity while in London the government was set to begin the arduous task of disentangling itself from Brussels. "This is a moment to unite," European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, hours after Britain formally started procedures to end its 44-year 56

30 March 2017 4:53 AM Brexit Article 50 begins: What it means for SA travellers and how the world reacted

London - While the hard-hit pound has had good and bad implications for South Africa by way of economy and the travel and tourism industry - the future following Britain's formal launch of Brexit proceedings on Wednesday 29 March remains unclear. The move follows a divisive referendum campaign which saw immigration take centre stage. More than three 70

29 March 2017 10:25 PM Now that the clock is running on 'Brexit,' here's what you need to know

The two-year countdown began Wednesday toward Britain’s official departure from the European Union, raising a question: What happens now? There will be deals to work out, among them trade, legal agreements, and the rights of British expatriates living in EU nations. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the move to leave the EU, dubbed Brexit, a “unique 62

29 March 2017 7:54 PM 146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Med

Rome - About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian man who was rescued following the disaster, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday. The man was rescued by a Spanish military ship participating in the EU's "Operation Sophia" to crack down on smugglers, and then brought to the Italian 27