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  • Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

    11 February 2018 6:50 AM 41

    Sleman — Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people, including a German priest. The reason for the attack on Sunday morning in the Sleman district in Yogyakarta province was not immediately clear. The 22-year-old attacker decapitated statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin

  • Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn't a country

    11 February 2018 5:27 AM 28

    Manchester — An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn't a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor. Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country. She chose to study

  • Italy: City where extremist shot Africans braces for protest

    10 February 2018 6:37 PM 32

    Rome — The Italian city where a man with a neo-Nazi background shot and wounded six Africans is bracing for the possibility of violence around an anti-fascist protest march. Schools in the city of Macerata were ordered closed on Saturday, while public transportation was halted for the afternoon protest. City officials took the actions because of fears

  • Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

    10 February 2018 9:44 AM 33

    Brasilia - A Brazilian supreme court judge rejected on Friday a fresh bid by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to avoid prison for corruption while appeals wind their way through the court system. However, though the judge, Edson Fachin, shot down the "habeus corpus" challenge for now, he said it would be studied again by a full panel of the court's

  • Trump faces legal challenge on border wall with Mexico

    09 February 2018 8:56 PM 25

    San Diego – An Indiana-born federal judge, whose Mexican heritage Donald Trump used to paint him as biased against him in a 2016 court case because of his immigration stance, will hear arguments in a lawsuit that could block construction of a border wall with Mexico. The state of California and advocacy groups want Judge Gonzalo Curiel to rule that a border

  • Danish volunteer finds over R100 000 in charity shop coat pocket

    09 February 2018 9:16 AM 26

    Copenhagen — A Danish volunteer in a second-hand charity shop has found over R100 549 in the pocket of a coat he was preparing to put on sale. Jens Erik Christensen told a regional daily that the woman's coat was in a bag with other clothes left in the DanChurchSocial shop's container near Soroe, 80km west of Copenhagen. Christensen told the newspaper

  • Ex-Trump aide Omarosa warns things 'bad' inside White House

    09 February 2018 3:19 AM 29

    Washington - Reality TV star turned political operative turned reality TV star Omarosa Manigault has issued a cryptic warning that things are "bad" inside the White House and the public should be worried. The fiery former star who was pushed out of the White House appeared in a preview of Thursday's "Celebrity Big Brother," warning all is not well in that other

  • Al-Qaeda still going strong as ISIS crumbles: UN report

    08 February 2018 5:25 PM 38

    United Nations – Al-Qaeda's global network remains "remarkably resilient", posing more of a threat in some regions than the Islamic State group, UN sanctions monitors said in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The report sent to the Security Council said that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, served as a communications hub for the UN-designated

  • Pelosi speaks for record 8 hours in favour of 'Dreamers'

    08 February 2018 10:05 AM 41

    Washington - US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a record-breaking, eight-hour speech in hopes of pressuring Republicans to allow a vote on protecting "Dreamer" immigrants - and to demonstrate to increasingly angry progressives and Democratic activists that she has done all she could. Wearing 10cm heels and forgoing any breaks, Pelosi, 77, spent

  • 7 injured in hot air balloon crash in Australia

    08 February 2018 7:06 AM 44

    Melbourne – Seven people were taken to hospital on Thursday with back injuries and fractures after a hot air balloon crashed during a dawn tour in Australia, officials said. Television pictures showed multiple ambulances at Dixons Creek, some 60km north of Melbourne, and the basket of the balloon on its side. "Seven people have been treated and transported