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Indonesia halts search for missing AirAsia plane as night falls

3 hour(s) ago

Indonesia calls off search for missing AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing on Sunday after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather

National

Suspended Hawks boss makes early retirement deal

General Anwa Dramat at the police committee 18 April 2013.Picture: TREVOR SAMPSON
3 hour(s) ago

Anwa Dramat in a letter to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko offers to take early retirement on condition that his suspension is reversed, according to a leaked letter

African News

Zimbabwe minister’s first lady joke backfires

Grace Mugabe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
5 hour(s) ago

An official of Zimbabwe’s ruling party is in trouble for referring to new vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife as the acting first lady

Americas

Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference about the two NYPD police officers who were fatally shot in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Monday. Picture: REUTERS
3 hour(s) ago

The service for Rafael Ramos was one of the largest police funerals in the city’s history, with US Vice President Joe Biden among the dignitaries

African News

EU aid shipment arrives in Ebola-hit West Africa

Ebola: Picture: REUTERS/THIERRY GOUEGNON
5 hour(s) ago

Aid delivered includes enriched flour, some 20 all-terrain vehicles, ambulances and medical equipment such as masks

Europe

Rouble fall creates turbulence for Russian airlines

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5 hour(s) ago

The collapse in the rouble has meant major financial turbulence for Russian airlines who have expenses in foreign currencies

Middle East

NATO lowers flag on its Afghan war, but insurgency boils

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5 hour(s) ago

NATO holds low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence

Americas

Sony works to restore PlayStation after attack

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3 hour(s) ago

Sony works for third day to restore services to its PlayStation network as the FBI says it is looking into the disruption, which began on Christmas Day

Asia-Pacific

China starts building huge new Beijing airport

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2 day(s) ago

Construction on a massive new international passenger airport in Beijing begins as booming demand for travel to and from China stretches the capacity of existing facilities

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In Botswana, farmers battle roaming wild animals for their livelihood

As roaming animals destroy crops and damage property, frustrated locals wonder: Does the government value the animal kingdom more than its citizens?

Europe

Royal guards moved from palace posts on terror threat

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5 hour(s) ago

Royal Guards ordered off the street to protect Britain’s monarchs from behind security gates amid concerns over potential ‘lone wolf’ attacks by Islamic extremists

Middle East

Saudi Arabia to plan bourse open to foreigners

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5 hour(s) ago

World’s biggest oil exporter is removing barriers to one of the world’s most-restricted major stock exchanges as it pursues a $130bn spending plan to boost non-energy industries

Europe

Airlift begins for hundreds trapped on burning Italian ferry

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3 hour(s) ago

Air crews begin lifting passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, racing to rescue as many of the hundreds trapped on board as possible before nightfall

Europe

Heavy snow in French Alps strands motorists, cheers skiers

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3 hour(s) ago

Heavy snowfall brings both chaos and joy across Europe, with some 15,000 people stranded in the French Alps, while skiers revel in the fresh powder blanketing slopes

Asia-Pacific

Floods in Malaysia and Thailand kill at least 24

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Worst flooding in Malaysia in more than a decade has killed 10 people and forced nearly 160,000 from their homes and more rain is expected, authorities say

Europe

Croatians elect new president under cloud of economic crisis

JOINING THE CLUB: A woman holds the European Union and Croatian flags in Zagreb on Sunday during a celebration of the accession of Croatia to the EU. Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Incumbent Ivo Josipovic seen as the frontrunner as he seeks a second term leading the EU’s newest member state

The funeral service of Senzo Meyiwa held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, on Saturday. Picture: GCIS

Tragedies hit SA sport in 2014

This year will be remembered for the deaths of some of the country’s most revered athletes and the spectacular downfall of a Paralympic hero

Americas

Obama tells US troops they’ve made world ‘better, safer’

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet US military personnel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

President Barack Obama makes his annual Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, noting the US will soon end military operations in Afghanistan

Europe

Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus ‘corps’

Ebola: Picture: REUTERS/THIERRY GOUEGNON
2 day(s) ago

Europe will be ‘vulnerable’ if it does not regard viruses as a ‘national security issue’ like the US, microbiologist who discovered Ebola says

Americas

‘The Interview’ draws crowds of US free speech advocates

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

Film draws throngs of moviegoers as it becomes an unlikely symbol of free speech thanks to hacker threats that nearly scuppered its release

African News

At least 30 dead in DRCongo river-boat wreck, sparking riots

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2 day(s) ago

Government delegation heading for the town of Isangi, the vessel’s scheduled destination, where rioting youngsters have gone on a rampage

Asia-Pacific

Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

An Acehnese woman cries as she attends a mass prayer for the 2004 tsunami victims at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh on Thursday. Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Commemorations start across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago

Asia-Pacific

Japan struggles to escape recession as production drops

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2 day(s) ago

Inflation slows for a fourth month in November, and industrial production and retail sales unexpectedly drop, pointing to further weakness in the economy

African News

Sierra Leone nurses strike over Ebola hazard pay amid lockdown

A health worker prepares to disinfect a van used for burial purposes in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Picture: REUTERS
2 day(s) ago

Nurses demand hazard pay for treating Ebola patients, as orthern Sierra Leone is under lockdown in a bid by authorities to combat the killer virus

Americas

Haiti leader names Evans Paul as new prime minister

A file photo shows Haitian President Michel Martelli (L) and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe (R) participating in an event in Port-au-Prince. Lamothe announced his resignation on Sunday after repeated calls for him to step down. Picture: AFP
2 day(s) ago

Veteran politician Evans Paul to lead a new government, as he seeks to defuse a crisis over long-delayed elections

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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,
5 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
6 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

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4 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
5 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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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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