Category: International news

ANC gathers to replace

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma’s ex-wife. Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president. Their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019. Mr Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits the presidency to two five-year terms. As delegates gathered for...

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Canadian billionaire, wife found dead

A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that police described as “suspicious”. Reports said the bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement by an estate agent. Mr Sherman was the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which sells generic medicines around the world. He was one of Canada’s richest men and a prominent philanthropist. There was no sign of forced entry to the property, police said in a statement yesterday evening. Reports said investigators were not searching for a suspect at this...

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Women ‘marry’ trees in bizarre ceremony

Reports say a group of young women in Peru have been filmed taking part in a bizarre mass wedding – when they put on white wedding dresses and tied the knot to a tree. Nature activists held the unusual ceremony in Peruvian capital Lima, where leaves were used instead of confetti and brides kissed the ‘groom’ on the trunk after taking their vows. They all pledged to look after the trees till “death do us part”. The wedding was organised by Peruvian artist and activist Richard Torres, who is famed internationally for his pro-tree performances. He acted as a...

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Pistorius injured in prison brawl

Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. A prison department spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said the disgraced paralympian was allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone. Nxumalo said Pistorius, who was jailed for 13 years and five months, only sustained a bruise and there were no serious injuries. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics in 2012 in London,...

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UN appeals for stranded refugees

The United Nations is appealing for countries to accommodate 1 300 refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country. The UN refugee agency said there was a dire need for over 1000 resettlement places by the end of March 2018. The chaos-ridden country has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe. Many refugees and migrants have fallen prey to serious abuse there at the hands of human traffickers and others. European and African leaders have already vowed to evacuate nearly 4 000 distressed migrants from Libya after global...

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