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Egyptian parliament approves three-month state of emergency extension – The Citizen
The North African country is facing an ongoing threat by militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula, which has involved attacks on both security forces and civilians alike.  Egypt’s state of emergency will be extended by another three months, starting July 25, following approval by the country’s parliament on Thursday, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The North African country is facing an ongoing threat by militants ...
All Blacks coach winds back on domestic violence comments | News | Sport | M&G
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen moved Wednesday to clarify comments he made in the wake of Sevu Reece’s controversial selection that downplayed the role of gender in domestic violence.

Hansen has vigorously defended the All Blacks’ decision to select Reece, a player who less than 12 months ago pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend in the street during an argument.

Commenting on the issue over the weekend, Hansen said that as a former police officer he had se ...
Nature’s Nocturne: Unfettered human sprawl drives animals into the night | News | Environment | M&G
Lions, leopards and tigers —all apex predators — have evolved to dominate their respective environments. Over millions of years, they have sharpened their hunting abilities to the point where they have no predators. What a lion wants, it kills. But now, with the dominance of humans, these predators are being forced to change and hide from what is now the apex predator.

The long-term effect of humans on animals is increasingly well documented. The United Nations warned earl ...
Nuclear deal would have dealt a blow to SA economy —Fuzile | News | National | M&G
Had the controversial nuclear deal been allowed to go through, South Africa’s economy would have been in serious jeopardy, the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture heard on Monday.

During his testimony on Monday, former treasury director general Lungisa Fuzile told the commission — chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo — that “if nuclear had proceeded ... actually this country would have been in trouble”.

“This was the biggest procurement ...
Hopes rise that DRC's elections are in home stretch | News | Africa | M&G
Hopes rose on Wednesday that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election saga may have turned a corner after opposition leaders reached out to President Joseph Kabila.

The country is in flux over a thrice-delayed presidential vote, with the announcement of official results now postponed, stoking suspicions of rigging.

But on Tuesday, the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said the panel hoped to complete the count within 48 hours.

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Human Rights Commission to investigate Willemse walk-out | News | Sport | M&G
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be establishing an inquiry into the events that led former SuperSport commentator and Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse to walk out during a live broadcast in May this year.

The inquiry is expected to be run between February 25 and June.

On radio station Jacaranda FM on Tuesday evening, Willemse’s lawyer, Nqobizitha Mlilo commented on the SAHRC’s decision to establish an inquiry saying, “We hope all ...
Editorial: Can cannabis save SA’s economy? | Opinion | Editorials | M&G
It’s not just stoners who should welcome the news that it is now not a criminal offence to smoke cannabis in private —although they are doubtless celebrating the Constitutional Court decision in a haze of blue smoke. The ruling is also welcome news for sufferers of common but crippling ailments such as arthritis, anxiety, insomnia and migraines, because they cannot be prosecuted.

But it is still a crime to commercially grow cannabis, or to refine it into the oils and creams &mda ...
Komphela has found his home | News | Sport | M&G
“There shall never be outcome without process.” — Steve Komphela

Towards the end of last season, visits to Kaizer Chiefs’ training ground in Naturena, Johannesburg, began to resemble a perverse reality show.

Ears stood pricked as answers were demanded from coach Steve Komphela about the latest weekend disappointment. What we got instead were parables, nonsensical metaphors and comparisons to livestock. Theories about Mageu satisfied no one. Until, one day, the man who ...
Inspector-General of Intelligence claims SSA head Arthur Fraser is intimidating him | News | National | M&G
The Inspector-General of Intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe has launched an urgent court application accusing the head of the State Security Agency Arthur Fraser of interfering with his functions and revoking his security clearance.

Dintwe said he would ask the court “to put in place measures to ensure my personal security” following Fraser’s “brazen and unlawful actions”.

Fraser was implicated in author Jacques Pauw’s book, The Presiden ...
Public sector wage talks teeter on a knife edge | News | M&G
The department of public service and administration has launched a last-ditch effort to save the public sector wage talks, with labour federation Cosatu warning that it will not hesitate to go on strike.

Cosatu has demanded a salary increase for government employees that is linked to the consumer price index, projected by October’s medium-term budget policy statement to be 5.5%, plus 3% as a result of this month’s value-added tax increase.

But the department has refused to ...
Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy 'arrested over campaign financing' | News | World | M&G
French police are holding the former president in connection with an investigation into alleged Libyan funding for his 2007 campaign. 

According to a Reuters court source, former president Nicolas Sarkozy is being questioned in financing probe.

Sarkozy has faced previous allegations that his 2012 re-election campaign had received illegal funding.

From 2007 until 2012, Sarkozy was president of France. He attempted to run for the ...
Shivambu 'assaults' journalist outside Parliament | News | National | M&G
Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president Floyd Shivambu allegedly assaulted a multimedia journalist inside the Parliament precinct on Tuesday morning.

Video evidence shows Adrian de Kock, who works for Netwerk 24, being cornered by Shivambu and a man who appeared to be his bodyguard. Shivambu then grabs De Kock by his throat and holds him down against a wall.

WATCH: @Netwerk24 Multimedia journalist @adrian_DK attacked by @EFFSouthAfrica Deputy President @FloydShivambu ...
Jobodwana beats Gatlin, Semenya sets new SA record | News | Sport | M&G
The second Athletix Grand Prix Series meeting held at Tuks Athletics Stadium on Thursday night saw Caster Semenya win the 1 000m women’s race in a new South African record, while Anaso Jobodwana brought down the house by taking the scalp of world 100m champion, Justin Gatlin, in the 150m men’s race.

Jobodwana started celebrating 20m before the finish line, knowing that he had claimed one of the biggest victories of his career in a time of 15.08sec ahead of Roscoe Engel (15.17sec) and ...
Eskom to make way for new players | Business | M&G
Power utility Eskom is at a tipping point where it needs to increase its sale of electricity and make way for more players to offer alternative forms of energy. 

At the opening of the energy summit hosted by the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in Sandton this week, councillor Nico de Jager admitted that the country needs to “make difficult decisions”. 

Energy experts from across the country gathered to chart a way forward on the futur ...
Move over Mmusi – national government’s taking over | News | National | M&G
Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Des van Rooyen has just announced that the management of the drought currently gripping Cape Town and other provinces will become the responsibility of the national government.

“Currently, efforts are underway to classify the drought as a national disaster. This process will be finalised on or before 14 February 2018. This will legally assign the responsibility to the national executive to coordinate the disaster. . . ...

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