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  • Woman, 76, held for cocaine birthday bash

    07 February 2014 7:26 AM 35

    February 7 2014 at 09:12am Berlin - A 76-year-old woman, who decided to celebrate her birthday with a free-for-all cocaine bash in her Berlin bar, has been arrested and was being held on Friday, German police said. Officers arrested the birthday lady late on Thursday, a spokesman said, after being tipped off that the illegal drug was being passed around

  • Dozens hurt in Bosnia protests

    07 February 2014 7:01 AM 41

    February 7 2014 at 08:56am By Daria Sito-Sucic and Maja Zuvela Sarajevo - More than 130 people, including 104 police officers, were injured on Thursday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, as protests over unemployment and political inertia spread across the country. The protests highlight public resentment

  • Mbeki addresses UN on illegal financial flows from Africa

    07 February 2014 5:43 AM 25

    Friday 7 February 2014 05:16 Former President Thabo Mbeki has told a meeting at the United Nations in New York that illegal financial flows from Africa are costing the continent around R600 billion annually. (Twitter) Former President Thabo Mbeki is on a visit to the United States to drum up support and expertise for the African Union’s High Level Panel

  • US snow storm knocks down power lines

    07 February 2014 2:26 AM 70

    February 7 2014 at 04:25am By Jon Herskovitz New York - Utility crews on Thursday worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the US Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations. The latest in a series of winter blasts dumped up to about

  • Sochi security: TSA bans carry-on gels

    07 February 2014 2:11 AM 59

    February 7 2014 at 04:06am Washington - The US Transportation Security Administration is temporarily banning carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels and powders on flights between Russia and the United States, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Thursday. The items can be packed in checked luggage, said the official with the department, the TSA's

  • Chamber: Mine deaths unfortunate

    06 February 2014 11:50 AM 29

    February 6 2014 at 01:09pm By SAPA Johannesburg - The death of eight miners at Harmony Gold's Doornkop gold mine, west of Johannesburg, was unfortunate, the Chamber of Mines said on Thursday. “The accident is an unfortunate event considering the good safety performance of the mine over the years,” the chamber's president Mike Teke said in a statement

  • Lutsenko: SBU agents are investigating me

    06 February 2014 10:57 AM 35

    February 6 2014 at 12:51pm Kiev - Ukrainian opposition leader and former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko has said the country's security services are investigating him for an alleged attempt to “overthrow the state”. Lutsenko, a close ally of jailed pro-Western former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, is a key figure in the protest movement locked in a two-month

  • French troops six-month mandate in CAR 'likely' to be extended: minister

    06 February 2014 9:24 AM 30

    His comments came as the United States called for an end to the "cycle of violence" in a country beset by ongoing clashes between Muslims and Christians, sparked by a coup last year by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels. "It's likely," Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio when asked if the mandate would be extended, two months after the United Nations Security

  • War veterans push for Bae’s release

    06 February 2014 6:50 AM 36

    February 6 2014 at 08:49am By Alex Dobuzinskis Washington - The last surviving members of the US Congress to have served in the Korean War have sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking him to release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae. North Korea in December released 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill E Newman, a former US special

  • EU envoy: Ukraine’s political crisis far from over

    05 February 2014 9:06 PM 76

    The protesters have built a large tent camp in the central square of Kiev, the capital, and have erected high barricades of snow and scrap materials to cut off key downtown sections. An uneasy truce between police and protesters has held since late January after the protests erupted into four days of violent clashes. Officials say three people died in the melee