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Jealous lover eats rival’s heart with a knife and fork in South Africa

A jealous lover in South Africa stabbed a rival, cut out his heart and ate it with a knife and fork, police and media reported Thursday. Police were called to the gruesome scene at a house in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township by frantic neighbours, spokesman Frederick van Wyk told the…

Director of Oscar-winning documentary ‘Seaching For Sugar Man’ dead at 36

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, who won an Oscar for his 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, died in Stockholm on Tuesday, the TT news agency reported. He was 36. The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear, but police said it was not a murder. They gave no other…

A big election win for South Africa’s ANC, but results suggest future challenges

On the surface, 2014 appears to represent “business as usual” for the landscape of South Africa’s electoral politics. The African National Congress (ANC) has secured a fifth straight victory in the latest national election. The ANC polled 62.1% of the total valid votes cast. This represents only a slight fall…

South Africa celebrates 20 years of end of apartheid

South Africa on Sunday celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. The day will be marked by street parades, speeches, prayers, music……

Nigeria passes South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption since the last time the exercise was carried out in 1990, including an added focus on…

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent’s biggest economy

Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy (via AFP) Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption…  …

South African officials rebrand free condom drive as HIV infections rise

South Africa is seeking to rebrand its free condoms to appeal to young people after a new study showed rising HIV infections and flagging contraception use, the health department said on Thursday. Condoms distributed by the government will come in a wider range of colours and flavours, as authorities seek…

New LGBT rights political party to run candidates for parliament in South African elections

A new party that will defend gays and lesbians against violence and persecution will stand in South Africa's elections this year, its spokesman said Saturday. "We need a voice in parliament to protect women from being raped because people want to cure……

Emerging market currencies buckle after Federal Reserve cuts stimulus

Emerging markets faced intense pressure on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve cut its stimulus further, with currencies in India, South Africa and Turkey failing to rally despite interest rate rises. Asian shares fell heavily and European stocks also retreated, extending a global rout driven by worries about emerging markets.…

Father of fired public relations director: ‘I’m so ashamed of her. She’s a f*cking idiot’

News of how the fired IAC public relations director Justine Sacco learned of her new-found celebrity has come to light. On Friday, before boarding a plane to South Africa, Sacco tweeted the following: While she was in the air over the continent whose health crisis she had mocked, news of…

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