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  • More than R80bn in unwanted Christmas gifts to be returned

    08 January 2019 1:29 PM 144

    They've just come through an exhausting festive season, complete with overcrowded stores, reckless spending and extended working hours. But now retailers are in for another shopping frenzy – this time it's to reverse all those sales that just weeks ago saw their profit skyrocket. Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research has found that one in every

  • Rio robber's bloody mistake mugging a female MMA fighter

    08 January 2019 12:06 PM 91

    A robber who tried to steal a cellphone from a young woman in Rio de Janeiro learned the hard way that mugging a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who goes by the nickname "the Iron Lady" is not an excellent idea. Polyana Viana, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight, brought the hapless perp down with two punches and a kick and held him in a "rear-naked

  • Parolee held in triple killing at California bowling alley

    08 January 2019 9:10 AM 80

    A parolee who spent 17 years in prison was arrested on suspicion of shooting into a crowd during a brawl at a Los Angeles-area bowling alley and bar, killing three people and injuring four others, police announced on Monday. Reginald Wallace, 47, of Los Angeles, was arrested on Sunday, Torrance Police Chief Eve Irvine announced.Wallace remained jailed

  • Three Spanish climbers, guide, perish on icy mountain in Peru

    08 January 2019 6:09 AM 84

    Three Spanish mountaineers died with their Peruvian guide while climbing a snow-capped peak in the Andes, Peruvian authorities reported on Monday. The five-member party was attempting to scale the 5 150 metre Nevado Mateo mountain in the Andean Cordillera Blanca range when they were swept away on Sunday, authorities in the Ancash region said. The alarm

  • Man 'set himself on fire' at Turkish consulate

    07 January 2019 6:38 PM 84

    Dutch police say that a man has been taken to the hospital after reportedly setting himself on fire in the Turkish consulate in the port city of Rotterdam. Police spokesperson Gijs van Nimwegen says officers were called to the consulate around 90:00 (08:00 GMT) on Monday to deal with reports of a self-immolation. Van Nimwegen declined to confirm that the man set himself

  • WATCH: Aftermath of US embassy red paint attack in Athens

    07 January 2019 5:56 PM 72

    Greek police detained ten people and formally arrested two of them on Monday after the US Embassy in Athens was vandalized with paint. Police said the 10 were detained after a group of people on motorbikes threw red paint at the embassy's parking entrance at around 03:30 local time. An anarchist group known as Rouvikonas claimed responsibility for the attack

  • SEE: New York City firefighter dies after falling from overpass

    07 January 2019 1:51 PM 71

    A New York City firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from an overpass and died at a hospital. In statement on the Fire Department's Facebook page on Monday morning, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven H. Pollard. "It's an incredibly sad night for the Pollard family

  • Germany raises avalanche alert after female skier dies

    06 January 2019 7:35 PM 74

    Heavy snowfall in southern Germany and the death of a skier prompted authorities on Sunday to raise the avalanche alert warning in the Bavarian Alps to the second-highest level. The Bavarian avalanche warning service said it had boosted the alert level to four on a scale of five, warning of a "great danger of avalanches in the Bavarian Alps". A 20-year-old

  • John Bolton to Israel and Turkey to discuss Syria pullout

    06 January 2019 2:35 PM 72

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton was deployed to Israel to allay concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdrawal troops from Syria and discuss the process with Turkish officials. The pull-out announced last month was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests

  • Four die in Spain building fires, baby critical

    06 January 2019 8:40 AM 74

    Four people died on Saturday and a baby boy in a critical condition was among the injured, in two separate tower block fires in northeastern Spain, firefighters said. The first blaze started on Saturday morning in a 10-storey block of flats in Badalona, about 10km northeast of Barcelona, said firefighters in the Catalonia region. Three people died, including