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Nepalese earthquake death toll exceeds 2,400

People search for family members trapped inside collapsed houses a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

In Everest’s worst disaster, the bodies of 19 climbers have been recovered from the mountain after being caught in avalanches, but hundreds, many injured, remain stranded on the mountain

Asia-Pacific

Injured flown from Everest as aftershock triggers new avalanches

Nepalese Sherpas look up towards an area where an avalanche triggered by an earthquake occurred at Everest Base Camp on Sunday, a day after the avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT
15 hour(s) ago

Survivors on Everest describe a cloud of rock and ice that smashed into base camp, and many climbers still on the mountain when an aftershock triggered a new series of avalanches

National

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World

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: More central banks meet, but ability to pilot economies in doubt

The sun rises to the east of the US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC.  Picture: REUTERS
9 hour(s) ago

Many expect the Fed to make it clear that it is inclined to take the first solid opportunity it can find to set extraordinarily accommodative interest rate policy back on a more normal path

Europe

Ferdinand Piech resigns as chairman of Volkswagen

VW’s supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech (right) sparked a media debate at the weekend by declaring in an interview  he is 'distancing himself' from VW’s CE Martin Winterkorn  (left). Picture: AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE
15 hour(s) ago

Piech leaves after losing a showdown he had provoked with CE Martin Winterkorn, ending an era at the iconic German carmaker

Labour

State revises wage offer for public servants

Nathi Mthethwa.  Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

Government revises wage offer to public servants, but it is still far from trade union demands of 10% cost of living increase

Transport & Tourism

Suspended SAA CEO resigns

Monwabisi Kalawe.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
2 day(s) ago

South African Airways says Monwabisi Kalawe has terminated his contract with national carrier, he will also step down as director

Retail & Consumer

Brait still has R24bn to spend, says Wiese

Christo Wiese. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Company that last week agreed to buy Virgin Active has ‘very substantial war chest’ to spend on deals, according to largest shareholder Christo Wiese

A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PRAKASH MATHEMA

GALLERY: Nepal earthquake

Nepalese resucers search for survivors after earthquake kills thousands, destroys historic landmarks and triggers a deadly avalanche on Everest

Columnists

People just do not get how close we are to the brink of disaster, writes Gareth van Onselen

SA’s denialism will destroy it

Columnists

Peter Bruce promo

Peter Bruce: In the face of xenophobic violence and the poverty that fires it, what economic lessons will President Jacob Zuma have learned?

Best to keep Brian Molefe off his Harley

African News

Burundi riot police disperse protests against president’s third term

A Burundi military officer stands guard outside the venue for the CNDD-FDD party congress in the capital, Bujumbura, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
14 hour(s) ago

Red Cross says police in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura shot dead two people who were taking part in protests

Business

‘Name and shame’ those guilty of collusion, says Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Public protector says business people would rather be guilty of collusion than corruption

Other Sport

Kipchoge wins fierce London Marathon battle with Kipsang

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the London Marathon on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
10 hour(s) ago

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon by five seconds

Asia-Pacific

It took Modi minutes to help neighbouring Nepal after earthquake

Narendra Modi.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

India has dispatched a military plane and disaster management personnel to Nepal

Politics

DA’s James throws his hat into the ring for top job

Democratic Alliance trade and industry spokesman Wilmot James. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
2 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance MPs pleased change of leadership will be ‘race, not coronation’ as stalwart Wilmot James goes up against parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Do strong religious beliefs stifle innovation?

A study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research shows that countries that are intensely religious are typically less innovative than those that aren’t

National

Department of Science and Technology launches app to fight xenophobia

Picture: BLOOMBERG
2 day(s) ago

As part of its own anti-xenophobia campaign‚ department launches online app where people can pledge support against xenophobia and report incidents thereof

Mining

Anglo favours listing of platinum mines

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
2 day(s) ago

Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani says company is in talks regarding potential sale, but preferred option in divesting platinum mines is initial public offering

African News

Togo votes in delayed presidential election

Incumbent Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe speaks during a campaign rally in Lome, Togo, on April 22. Picture: EPA/LEGNAN KOULA
1 day(s) ago

Election is expected to give President Faure Gnassingbe a third term in power, facing a divided opposition and controversy over how results are tallied and announced

Markets

Oil firms face further cuts as low prices linger

Picture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER
2 day(s) ago

Oil majors may need deeper cuts to oil, gas exploration and production spending as they grapple with extended period of low crude prices

National

Police draw flak over unresolved attacks on foreigners in Alexandra

Maggie Sotyu.  Picture: THE HERALD
2 day(s) ago

Deputy police minister, other police leaders field criticism from township residents regarding unresolved attacks, indifference toward victims

National

Position of IEC chairman ‘remains vacant’

Vuma Mashinini.  Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says chairmanship of Electoral Commission of SA has not been determined, stresses Vuma Mashinini is ordinary commissioner

Healthcare

Medical watchdog head may settle

Monwabisi Gantsho.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

After year of suspension, inquiry into Council for Medical Schemes registrar Monwabisi Gantsho may not happen

Financial Services

Local banks get a R66bn safety net

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

The Reserve Bank’s liquidity facility will help supplement South African banks in case they have shortfalls

Americas

Top US court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 hour(s) ago

The US Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes

Middle East

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemeni capital, ships shell Aden, say residents

A man rides a motorcycle past a headquarters of the Houthi group, which was destroyed after an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition, in Yemen's northwestern city of Saada. Picture: REUTERS
14 hour(s) ago

At least five air strikes hit military sites and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Politics

Strife-torn North West village becomes hunting ground for EFF

Children draw water from a borehole in Ledig village in Rustenburg, North West. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
2 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters muscles in to platinum-rich Ledig outside Rustenburg as African National Congress battles to restore order

Labour

Numsa wants representation on Eskom board

Irvin Jim. Picture: THULANI MBELE
2 day(s) ago

National Union of Metalworkers of SA says workers have right to know inner workings of embattled utility, it is ‘suicidal’ for workers to sit outside, looking in

National

DA accuses minister of protecting RAF head

Road Accident Fund CEO Eugene Watson. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Democratic Alliance says Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters is ‘clearly protecting’ Road Accident Fund CEO without considering evidence party has provided

Media & Advertising

Underlying investments boost Blackstar

Blackstar executive chairman Andrew Bonamour.   Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
2 day(s) ago

Investment group says in 2014 performance of investments, operations exceeded expectations, company was able to arrange two large transactions

Law & Constitution

Webber Wentzel makes ‘bold’ move in mergers with top appointments

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Law firm snaps up three of SA’s top mergers and acquisitions lawyers in ‘series of strategic moves aimed at cementing its position as dominant SA law firm’

Politics

Selfe clears the way for Maimane and rivals claim return of the ‘Leon group’

Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Former DA leader Tony Leon says the coming term simultaneously presents a huge opportunity for the next leader while being fraught with danger

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Cartoons

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South African bass to make his debut London solo appearance

Simphiwe Simon Shibambu is studying towards a master’s degree in Arts at London’s Royal College of Music and earlier this year won first prize and the Audience Prize in the UK’s Clonter Opera Competition

Arts & Entertainment

Man who gets stars to talk astrophysics

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, left, and Seth MacFarlane, executive producer of Cosmos, participate in the Television Critics’ Association winter presentations in Pasadena, California last year. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

He has transferred his skill to social media, where he has amassed more than 3.5-million followers with his tweets, writes Nadia Neophytou

Arts & Entertainment

Swan Lake shows value of multicultural harmony

Von Rothbart (Juan Carlos Osma) advances on Odile (Viengsay Valdes) and Prince Siegfried (Brooklyn Mack) in Act 3 of Joburg Ballet’s Swan Lake. Picture: BARRY GOLDMAN
2 day(s) ago

The cast is an amalgamation of three professional styles into a single artistic vision, writes Andrew Gilder

Arts & Entertainment

HALF ART: Cow dung rather than faeces, but it is of our time

People need to be controlled (The Fall): Mawande Ka Zenzile’s take on the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue. Picture: SUPPLIED
2 day(s) ago

Mawande Ka Zenzile’s Statecraft earns the epithet ‘timely’, even as it takes a ‘long view’ of human history, writes Chris Thurman

Gadgets & Gear

Facebook’s Hello app is caller ID on steroids

Facebook. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Facebook says new app will show users info about who is calling them, including details such as residence, employer and website address

Arts & Entertainment

Murray’s art more tragic than comic

Brett Murray’s Lying Pig on show at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town. Picture: GOODMAN GALLERY
2 day(s) ago

Nietzsche’s spooky notion of the ‘eternal return’ springs to mind, writes Ashraf Jamal

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: A book that is meant to be read for the satire it is

Christopher Hope says older South Africans will remember the greeting, “how are you doing Jim Fish”. Picture: Jerry Bauer
2 day(s) ago

Christopher Hope's latest novel, Jimfish, is as much a travelogue as it is a fierce commentary on politics and abuse of power across Africa, Europe and Russia, Sue Grant-Marshall

Opinion

WINE: Bordeaux fails to weather price climate as sunnier SA wines do

Since 2011-2013 didn’t sell, why would anyone want to buy the 2014s?

Ajax Cape Town reserve goalkeeper Jody February trains at the club’s Ikamva base on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semifinal against SuperSport United. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES

De Sa has tough selection call for SuperSport clash

SuperSport captain Clayton Daniels wonders why former Ajax mates are ignoring him ahead of cup semifinal

Other Sport

Five Aussies threaten to rule Turffontein

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

With Friday’s going likely to be good, it is a chance to recoup those losses although French Navy and Mike Azzie’s new acquisition, Amsterdam, will pounce if the favourite fluffs his lines again

Rugby

‘Much-improved’ Bulls intend to turn tables on Stormers

Jesse Kriel dodges with the ball during the Vodacom Bulls training session at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Thursday. Picture: JOHAN RYNNERS/GALLO IMAGES
2 day(s) ago

Pretoria side want nothing less than a win when they take on Allister Coetzee’s team again on Saturday

Soccer

Sundowns focus on cup and a place in continental league

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

Pitso Mosimane says loss to Chiefs hurts, but the outcome means South African football does not have a single team dominating the competition

Rugby

Burger needed at his best in Stormers clash against Bulls

Schalk Burger trains with the Stormers on Thursday at Newlands in Cape Town, where they host the Bulls on Saturday. Picture: PETRI OESCHGER/GALLO IMAGES
2 day(s) ago

Schalk Burger has reinvented himself as a linking, passing, running flank since his illness in 2013

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The Third Umpire

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele. He may be right that the police are “bleeding” under the command of his successor, Riah Phiyega, but has he forgotten how many of those wounds were inflicted on his watch?

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