Category: International news

Masekela’s death a profound loss: Family

The family of the late South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela says their hearts are heavy with sorrow following their loved one’s death. Masekela passed away on Tuesday morning after a battle with prostate cancer surrounded by family members in a Johannesburg hospital. In a statement, the family says: “It is with profound sorrow that the family of Ramapolo Hugh Masekela announce his passing…A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss.” The family further went on to laud his contribution to the arts, describing his legacy as one filled with love and vanguard creativity. “Hugh’s global...

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Heavy snow-fall disrupts traffic in Davos

Reports say the snow-fall has resulted in the closure of roads making it difficult for vehicles and people to move around. As the World Economic Forum kicks off in the Swiss ski-resort of Davos, the town is experiencing the heaviest snow-fall in 20 years. The snow fall has resulted in the closure of roads making it difficult for vehicles and people to get around. Some of the Swiss residents say they have never seen such thick heavy snow fall. “The big challenge as a driver is that there is a lot of snow on the roads and it’s blocking the road, there’s...

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US Senate votes to reopen govt

Reports say Senate Democrats in the United States have joined Republicans in voting for a short-term funding bill that will reopen the government this Tuesday after a lack of consensus shuttered the Federal Government at midnight on Friday. A deal struck between a bipartisan group of Senators will now see the government funded until February 8 with an assurance from the majority leader that legislation on immigration reform, a key Democratic demand, would be taken to the Senate floor in a fair process towards a vote; even if a deal is not reached by the deadline. The Senate voted 81-18 to...

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Weah vows to tackle corruption

Liberia’s new president, former footballer Mr George Weah was sworn in this Monday, promising a crackdown on endemic corruption. Thousands of exuberant supporters and regional presidents and dignitaries crammed into a stadium in the capital Monrovia to watch as Weah, who rose from the city’s slums to become one of Africa’s greatest footballers, took the oath of office. As a former AC Milan and Paris St Germain striker and 1995 World Player of the Year, “King George” as his fans call him was no stranger to having crowds cheering him on in packed stadiums. But he was also aware of...

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JUST IN: Bra Hugh dies

Reports say legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died. He was 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Affectionately known as Bra Hugh, Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement....

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