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President Jacob Zuma takes his oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Report that Zuma hinted at taking another wife wrong, says presidency

13 hour(s) ago

Understanding of Zulu idiom used by president at event for senior citizens a ‘misrepresentation’

National

Zuma sends condolences to Motsoaledi family

President Jacob Zuma addresses a South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) dinner in Midrand. Picture: GCIS
13 hour(s) ago

President sends condolences to family of Caroline Motsoaledi after news of her passing

Americas

Sony streams 'The Interview'

A billboard for the film The Interview displayed December 19 2014 in Venice, California. Picture: CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
11 hour(s) ago

Irreverent R-rated comedy available for rent in US on several platforms day before limited release in about 200 cinemas on Christmas Day

Americas

US police say black man killed by officer was armed

A demonstrator holds up a poster standing next to a makeshift memorial for a black teen shot dead by a white officer at the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley on December 24. Picture: MICHAEL B THOMAS / AFP
11 hour(s) ago

Police release indistinct, distant surveillance video from gas station where killing happened, edited to end just before shooting

Americas

Mother insists child supermodel is sheltered from fame

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9 hour(s) ago

Mother of ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’ Kristina Pimenova says daughter is ignorant of worldwide fame

National

Suspension of Hawks boss follows hot on heels of Phiyega’s attempt to dispose of KZN’s Booysen

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat follows close on the heels of attempt by national police commissioner Riah Phiyega to dispose of KZN’s Johan Booysen two weeks ago

Americas

US jobless claims fall for fourth straight week

Job seekers wait in line to enter a government-run employment office in Madrid, Spain on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly falls, underscoring the economy’s enduring strength

National

539 fatal crashes claim 677 lives, a decline of 35%

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1 day(s) ago

Transport minister says although there has been a 35% reduction in road deaths so far this year, the figure is still too high and she urges motorists ‘to use our roads responsibly’

Management

Six tips for quitting your job — without burning bridges

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA
1 day(s) ago

Many would love to walk into the boss’s office and say: ‘I quit’ and leave immediately, but that is of course the wrong way to resign, so rather do it right by not burning all your bridges

OPENING UP: Both milk and dark chocolate’s benefits may include  protection against stroke, say scientists. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Uganda takes on the chocolate market

Businessmen have been selling their own ‘Uganda’ brand of chocolate, mainly through social media, to Kampala restaurants and hotels who use it for desserts, pastries and in ice-cream

Markets

Bumper US growth gives stock markets a Christmas lift

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1 day(s) ago

The strongest growth for the world’s largest economy in over a decade delivers pre-Christmas cheer in global markets

Europe

France strikes record unemployment high, again

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1 day(s) ago

Unemployment in France hits new record in November showing that nearly 3.5-million people are now claiming jobless benefits

Americas

Former US president Bush, 90, hospitalised for shortness of breath

This file photo shows former US president George H.W. Bush arriving for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th US president at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

For a second time during a holiday season, former US president George Bush, 90, is taken to hospital with breathing problems

Middle East

IS downs warplane over Syria, claims capture of Jordan pilot

A still image released by the Islamic State group's branch in Raqa on jihadist websites purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot (C) captured by IS group's fighters after they shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition with an anti-aircraft missile near Raqa city. Picture: AFP
1 day(s) ago

Islamic State group claims to have shot down an US-led coalition warplane with an anti-aircraft missile and capturing its pilot, a Jordanian military member

Americas

Ban on gay men’s blood donations eased after 31 years

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1 day(s) ago

FDA stops short of removing ban altogether, homosexual donors must be abstinent for a year before they can give blood

Asia-Pacific

South Korea charges Uber CEO for operating illegal taxi service

Travis Kalanick. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BRENT LEWIN
1 day(s) ago

Uber’s global CEO Travis Kalanick and local rental car service operator indicted for violating passenger transport laws

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Here’s how to get your website ready for engagement in 2015

Utilise the quiet holiday period to prep for the year ahead to ensure you are ready to reach new people and improve your current client retention

Americas

Sony reverses course, agrees to release controversial film

A billboard for the film The Interview displayed December 19 2014 in Venice, California. Picture: CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY IMAGES/AFP
1 day(s) ago

Small independent US theatres to screen The Interview from Christmas Day, but major chains still refuse to get involved

Americas

US minimum wage hikes to impact 1,400-plus Walmart stores

Walmart.  Picture: REUTERS/JONATHAN ALCORN
1 day(s) ago

Minimum wage hikes coming into effect from or on January 1 across the US will prompt Wal-Mart Stores, the biggest private employer in the US, to adjust the base salaries of its 1.3-million employees

Asia-Pacific

Uber is ‘truly sorry’ for Sydney siege price hike

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1 day(s) ago

Popular web-based taxi firm Uber admits that hiking prices as frightened people fled an armed cafe siege in Sydney was a gross mistake and ‘we are truly sorry for any concern our process may have added’

Property

Investec Australia Property Fund acquires A$8.1m property

Property fund. Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

‘Attractive investment’ for fund is located in one of Melbourne’s most established industrial areas

Economy

Treasury reports marginal improvement on tax collection

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

End-November collection figure at 59% of 2014-15 annual revenue estimate, slightly higher than 2013 number

Europe

Russia, Ukraine to resume peace talks after Kiev step towards Nato

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Picture: REUTERS/STRINGER
1 day(s) ago

Fragile peace talks aimed at ending the separatist war between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels set to continue, despite Russia’s condemnation of the ‘counterproductive’ measures

Americas

New York protests continue despite mayor’s plea

Police officers stand outside Woodhull Hospital as the bodies of two Police officers who were shot in Brooklyn are removed from a hospital in New York in this file image. Picture: JOHN TAGGART / EPA
1 day(s) ago

Bill de Blasio’s attempts to soothe a city dismayed by the slaying of two officers rebuffed as protesters defy call to suspend demonstrations over excessive police force

Asia-Pacific

Shinzo Abe returns as Japanese PM after snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Japan’s parliament confirms Shinzo Abe’s term as prime minister, but return to power stirs warnings from China over a bid to change the pacifist constitution

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Cartoons

British singer Joe Cocker performs during the German television show 'Wetten, dass..?' (Bet it..?) in the southern German city of Freiburg, in this March 31, 2007 file picture. Picture: REUTERS

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 after cancer battle

Raspy-voiced British rock singer who recorded more than 25 albums and had a hit with You Are So Beautiful, has died of lung cancer

Travel & Food

Ottolenghi doles out more tips on delicious veggies

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi is pictured in this undated handout. Israeli-born chef Ottolenghi serves up tips to jazz up vegetarian dishes in his newest, best-selling cookbook,
2 day(s) ago

Ottolenghi brings out his fourth cookbook, draws inspiration from new tastes, varied reading and fellow chefs

Health

Activity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness

Squats, lunges, push-ups, tricep dips and crunches can all be practised in your garden, in the  park, or in the privacy of your own home. Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Devices count calories, measure sleep patterns and monitor heart rates, as well as steps, and experts predict their popularity will grow as they become more sophisticated

Faf du Plessis. Picture: AFP PHOTO, JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Windies hoping PE’s drier conditions will blunt SA seam attack

Home side wary of West Indies backlash after their Centurion batting collapse, spin to play more of a role on slower wicket

Other Sport

Boxer Amir Khan offers Pakistan help in fighting terror, rebuilding school

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

Boxer Khan is shocked and sickened by the Peshawar school massacre and plans to auction a $45,000 pair of shorts to raise money to help rebuild the school

Sport

Leading sports deaths of the year

Senzo memorial. Picture:REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
2 day(s) ago

From old to young and in both northern and southern hemispheres, the year 2014 saw the sad loss of a number of great sporting heroes and heroines

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The Third Umpire

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who was elected to the position unopposed at the weekend despite the inevitable rowdy dissent and personality clashes. At least there wasn’t a bare bum in sight.

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who will be breathing the biggest sigh of relief of all after ratings agencies Fitch and S&P left their SA ratings unchanged on Friday. It’s going to be an intense six months to the next update.

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Tharisa Minerals chairman Loucas Pouroulis, who faces a R50m lawsuit, plus interest and court costs, for allegedly failing to pay for shares he agreed to buy from Cayman Islands-registered Siebels Hard Asset Fund.

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Opinion Poll

Deloitte’s holiday survey says consumers will allocate a significant portion of their holiday season budget to gifts, despite tough economic conditions forcing them to be more pragmatic in their spending habits this year. How much are you spending this festive season?

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