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24 people, mainly students studying the Quraan were killed in a fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning. Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters of the building. According to the Kuala Lumpur police chief, Amar Singh 22 students and 2 wardens were killed and scores more injured. All the students were boys aged between 13 and 17, and they probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation.

U.S. PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF INAPROPRIATE CONDUCT

17 October 2017
U.S. PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF INAPROPRIATE CONDUCT

  Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s TV show, the ‘Apprentice’ says U.S President Donald Trump groped and fondled her during a meeting in 2007 and has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concernin...

THE SEARCH FOR MH370

17 October 2017
THE SEARCH FOR MH370

  Malaysia says it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been taken yet. Proposal from a U.S.-based seabed exploration fi...

UN POLICE FORCE FOR HAITI

17 October 2017
UN POLICE FORCE FOR HAITI

  The United Nations has finally folded its peacekeeping mission in Haiti after 13 years and replaced with a United Nations police force. The new U.N. mission will focus on justice, human rights and development. The U.N. peacekeeping mission wa...

U.N. CHIEF IN MYANMAR TO ASSESS REFUGEE CRISIS

17 October 2017
U.N. CHIEF IN MYANMAR TO ASSESS REFUGEE CRISIS

  Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with United Nations political affairs Chief Jeffrey Feltman on Monday to discuss the ongoing Rohingya crisis. In a statement the U.N. said Feltman was in Myanmar to offer consultations regarding an...

MASSACRE IN MOGADISHU

17 October 2017
 MASSACRE IN MOGADISHU

  Rescue operations are ongoing in downtown Mogadishu after a deadly truck bomb attack occurred on Saturday that has so far claimed more than 276 lives. The Somali National Army, police and intelligence, as well as African Union forces are seen...

CABINET RESHUFFLE

17 October 2017
CABINET RESHUFFLE

  President Jacob Zuma has reshuffled his cabinet once again. Outspoken critic of the president and SACP leader has been fired as minister of higher education, he has been replaced by Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. There are also changes to the Hom...

PALESTINE RECONCILIATION

16 October 2017
  PALESTINE RECONCILIATION

  Residents in Ramallah City have expressed cautious optimism over reconciliation agreement reached by Palestinian rival movements Fatah and Hamas. The two movements agreed on a complete handover of Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to Fatah by Dec.1 to e...

CHINA’S POVERTY REDUCTION EFFORT INSPIRING

16 October 2017
 CHINA’S POVERTY REDUCTION EFFORT INSPIRING

  The President of the Work Bank Jim Yong Kim has commended China’s efforts to help 800 million people out of poverty as inspiring. Kim said China had made progress in economic development and that the World Bank would continue to work wi...

DRC’S DELAYED DECLARATION OF WAR

16 October 2017
 DRC’S DELAYED DECLARATION OF WAR

  The leader of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has warned that the delay of the presidential election by the country’s electoral commission amounted to a declaration of war on Congolese people.  The polls we...

LIBERIAN ELECTIONS RESOUNDING SUCCESS

16 October 2017
 LIBERIAN ELECTIONS RESOUNDING SUCCESS

  Foreign observer missions to Liberia’s presidential elections have given the first round of elections the ‘thumbs up’ saying the election was broadly free and fair, with former football star George Weah taking the lead in mo...

DEATH TOLL RISES IN DEADLY SOMALI BLAST

16 October 2017
DEATH TOLL RISES IN DEADLY SOMALI BLAST

  More than 260 people have been killed and 275 others injured in a deadly bomb explosion in down town Mogadishu. The area which houses many hotels, shopping malls and government agencies was targeted in a twin bomb attack. According to reports...

ORLANDO PRIMARY SCHOOL ABUSE

16 October 2017
 ORLANDO PRIMARY SCHOOL ABUSE

  While the Gauteng Education Department finalises a report into how many pupils have been affected by sexual abuse at a Soweto primary school, officials fear the number could rise. A 57-year-old school guard was arrested last week for all...

ARAB RIVALRIES EXPOSED

12 October 2017
ARAB RIVALRIES EXPOSED

  The row between Qatar and Egypt, and three other Arab countries is playing itself out at UNESCO as the world cultural body seeks to appoint a new leader. According to reports, Egypt’s foreign minister tweeted that UNESCO was not for sal...

MORE MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF COAST OF LIBYA

12 October 2017
 MORE MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF COAST OF LIBYA

  Despite the European Union and Italy’s bolstered border control measures boats overcrowded with migrants continue to arrive on the shores of Europe. Some of the rickety boats used by the migrants are so overcrowded that they simply...

IMF WARNS GLOBAL MARKETS REMAIN VULNERABLE

12 October 2017
 IMF WARNS GLOBAL MARKETS REMAIN VULNERABLE

  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on the world’s central banks to put in place plans to avoid creating market turbulence. In its Global Financial Stability Report on Wednesday (October 11), the IMF said risks, such as a s...

STREETS OF NAIROBI TENSE

12 October 2017
 STREETS OF NAIROBI TENSE

  Hundreds of opposition protesters thronged the streets of Nairobi in support of their leader Raila Odinga who has pulled out of the presidential re-run to be held on October 26.  The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA), led by...

CLASS OF 2017

12 October 2017
CLASS OF 2017

  With less than 2 weeks to go until the final National Senior Certificate exams, matric pupils are feeling the pressure. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited several schools in Gauteng. The schools offer a secondary school improvement...

GANG WARS

12 October 2017
GANG WARS

  President Zuma will have to decide if the army should be deployed to help police battle crime in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the Defence Minister to send in soldiers to gang hotspots&nb...

U.N. UNCOVERS HUMAN TRAFFICKING HUB IN LIBYA

10 October 2017
U.N. UNCOVERS HUMAN TRAFFICKING HUB IN LIBYA

  At least 4 000 migrants, including women with new born babies and unaccompanied children are struggling to make ends meet in the Libyan city of Sabratha, the most likely point of departure for mostly migrants from sub-Saharan Africa trying to...

WORLD LEADERS URGED TO SIGN NUCLEAR TREATY

10 October 2017
  WORLD LEADERS URGED TO SIGN NUCLEAR TREATY

  The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has urged world leaders to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, just days after it won the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN said in a statement that unless all nations si...

LIBERIA ELECTION

10 October 2017
LIBERIA ELECTION

  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed the nation on the eve of the presidential elections, the first democratic power transfer in 73 years. Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping bring peace after civil war tu...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

10 October 2017
 ROHINGYA CRISIS

  At least 14  Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing after their overloaded boat capsized in the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh said the b...

POLICE MINISTER DENIES WRONGDOING

10 October 2017
 POLICE MINISTER DENIES WRONGDOING

  Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has dismissed reports about his Dubai holiday as being part of a smear campaign, however he has not denied that it was funded by a South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) clothing suppl...

GAUTENG STORMS

10 October 2017
 GAUTENG STORMS

Emergency services in Gauteng are now assessing the damage of a severe thunderstorm which left low-lying areas waterlogged, homes damaged and caused major traffic disruptions. One person was killed and two others injured in what was believed to...

DIPLOMATIC ROW ERUPTS BETWEEN TURKEY AND U.S.

09 October 2017
 DIPLOMATIC ROW ERUPTS BETWEEN TURKEY AND U.S.

  The Turkish embassy in Washington has suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all Turkish diplomatic facilities in the United States, after U.S. Missions reduced visa services in Turkey.  The decision came just hours after the U.S....

VIOLENCE IN SYRIA ESCALATES

09 October 2017
VIOLENCE IN SYRIA ESCALATES

  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was implementing a deal agreed with Russia and Iran to reduce violence in Syria's northern province of Idlib, in cooperation with Free Syrian Army. Erdogan said the operation to implement the de-es...

WOMEN MARCH THROUGH DESERT FOR PEACE

09 October 2017
 WOMEN MARCH THROUGH DESERT FOR PEACE

  Thousands of women from both Israel and Palestine trekked through the biblical desert landscape yesterday and converged on the shores of the River Jordan in a march for peace. Some 5 000 women participated in the march, and culminated in a ra...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

09 October 2017
 ROHINGYA CRISIS

  The United Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) says malnutrition was widespread amongst the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. More than 500 000 Rohingya refugees are now living in camps in Bangladesh since the...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

09 October 2017
       ROHINGYA CRISIS

  Thousands of Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in Myanmar the crisis continues in Bangladesh. The country, which itself faces poverty and is amongst the poorest in the world is faced with thousands of unaccompanied Rohingya ...

SABC BOARD

09 October 2017
SABC BOARD

  The Presidency says President Jacob Zuma has only now received all the information needed to appoint a permanent South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. Parliament completed its interviews of the public broadcaster's ca...

PUERTO RICO MIRED IN HEALTH CRISIS

05 October 2017
PUERTO RICO MIRED IN HEALTH CRISIS

  Puerto Rico is caught up in an unfolding health crisis following devastating Hurricane Maria. The Caribbean nation is still grappling with the crushing damage brought by HurricaneMaria. The tropical storm not only splintered ho...

TOGOLESE CALL FOR REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT

05 October 2017
 TOGOLESE CALL FOR REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT

  Thousands of people marched through the streets of Togo’s capital Lome to demand current President Faure Gnassingbe step down. The protesters are also demanding the return of the 1992 constitution which limited presidencies to two-...

THOUSANDS MARCH IN GUINEA CONAKRY

05 October 2017
THOUSANDS MARCH IN GUINEA CONAKRY

  Thousands of people protested in the streets of Conakry, the capital of Guinea to demand an investigation into deaths of youths killed on September 20 during an anti-government march. The stand-off follows the refusal of government to take re...

NGOS NEED $434 MILLION TO HELP ROHINGYA REFUGEES

05 October 2017
 NGOS NEED $434 MILLION TO HELP ROHINGYA REFUGEES

  Humanitarian organisations helping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, most of them children, in dire need of life-saving assistance.  About 509 000 ROHINGYAS have...

AMNESTY CRITICISE EU DEPORTATIONS OF REFUGEES

05 October 2017
AMNESTY CRITICISE EU DEPORTATIONS OF REFUGEES

Amnesty International has called on the European Union to stop deporting Afghan refugees, saying such deportations were illegal as the country’s poor security exposed them to grave dangers. The EU has recently reported an increase in the...

SPAIN”S HIGH COURT CALLS HEAD OF CATALAN POLICE TO TESTIFY

04 October 2017
SPAIN”S HIGH COURT CALLS HEAD OF CATALAN POLICE TO TESTIFY

  Spain's High Court has called on the head of the Catalan police, to testify for the alleged crime of sedition in relation to arrests of high-ranking officials over the organisation of a banned independence vote. Spanish police raided Catalan...

GIRLFRIEND OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTER ARRIVES IN L.A.

04 October 2017
GIRLFRIEND OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTER ARRIVES IN L.A.

  The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock who killed 58 people and then himself in a shooting spree in Las Vegas last Sunday arrived from Philippines in Los Angeles where FBI agents hoped to question her about the massacre. Marilou Danley, who author...

ROHINGYA CHILDREN QUEUE UP FOR IDENTITY CARDS

04 October 2017
 ROHINGYA CHILDREN QUEUE UP FOR IDENTITY CARDS

  Thousands of Rohingya refugee children received identity documents on the Bangladeshi side of the border after fleeing the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. According Bangladeshi immigration officials the aim of the registration is t...

PALESTINIANS MEET IN GAZA

04 October 2017
PALESTINIANS MEET IN GAZA

  The Palestinian unity government held its first cabinet in Gaza city yesterday since October 2014. The agreement between Hamas and Fatah two together has paved the way for President Mahmoud Abbas’s government to officially administer Ga...

KENYAN POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS

03 October 2017
 KENYAN POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS

  Kenyan police used tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in the capital Nairobi and the opposition’s stronghold, Kisumu. The protesters are calling for the sacking of officials they blame for last August’s botched presidentia...

REFUGEE NUMBERS SWELL BUT SPACE SHRINKING – UN

03 October 2017
 REFUGEE NUMBERS SWELL BUT SPACE SHRINKING – UN

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filipo Grandi has warned that more than 2 million people fleeing wars or persecution have joined the ranks of the world’s refugees this year, but often faced more restrictive as...

BANGLADESH RECEIVES MORE ROHINGYA REFUGEES

03 October 2017
 BANGLADESH RECEIVES MORE ROHINGYA REFUGEES

  More Rohingya refugees continue to cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar despite an agreement by the two countries  to set up a “working group” to plan the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya Muslims who are fleein...

WITNESS RECALLS LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

03 October 2017
 WITNESS RECALLS LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

  Witnesses of the Las Vegas mass shooting have told the media of their harrowing experience as a gunman on the 32nd floor of the hotel hailed bullets down on concert goers on Sunday night. According to the police 59 people have died in the sho...

PALESTINIANS IN GAZA WELCOME RECONCILIATION

03 October 2017
PALESTINIANS IN GAZA WELCOME RECONCILIATION

  The West Bank was full of activity yesterday following the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-HAMDALLAH in Gaza city to seal off the cooperation agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Hamas announced last week that it was handing over...

CAMEROONIAN POLICE BLOCK ROADS

02 October 2017
 CAMEROONIAN POLICE BLOCK ROADS

  Cameroonian authorities  deployed heavily armed police and soldiers across the country’s English speaking neighbourhoods to block protests called by activists including groups demanding independence. The demonstrations were timed t...

PORT OF BENGHAZI REOPENS AFTER THREE-YEAR CLOSURE

02 October 2017
 PORT OF BENGHAZI REOPENS AFTER THREE-YEAR CLOSURE

  Benghazi’s commercial port officially opened yesterday after a three-year closure due to fighting between rival militias in eastern Libya. The port imports gas and some petroleum products as well as General cargo, and local costs for th...

CUBANS CONCERNS ABOUT TOURISM

02 October 2017
 CUBANS CONCERNS ABOUT TOURISM

  Cuban tourist operators say they are concerned about the dwindling numbers in tourism after the U.S. State Department on September 29 warned against travel to Havana in the wake of a spate of mysterious, alleged attacks on U.S. diplomats ther...

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT VOWS TO FIGHT SECESSIONISTS

02 October 2017
 NIGERIAN PRESIDENT VOWS TO FIGHT SECESSIONISTS

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the north-eastern city of Maiduguru, the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency to celebrate the country’s independence anniversary with the military troops who are fighting Boko Haram in the region....

ROHINGYA REFUGEES STAND IN LONG QUEUES FOR AID

02 October 2017
ROHINGYA REFUGEES STAND IN LONG QUEUES FOR AID

  Queues for food aid are continuing to swell in refugee camps in Bangladesh as more ROHINGYA REFUGEES fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar make the border crossing.  The United Nations is currently seeking 200 million dollars from don...

IRAN CONDEMNS U.S. ADMINISTRATION

28 September 2017
IRAN CONDEMNS U.S. ADMINISTRATION

  Iran’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Javad Zarif has warned that recent utterances by U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to abandon the nuclear deal have led to the emergence of a hard-line group within Tehran demanding Ira...

MORE THAN 200 MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF COAST OF TRIPOLI

28 September 2017
 MORE THAN 200 MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF COAST OF TRIPOLI

  More than 200 MIGRANTS were rescued yesterday in the Mediterranean Sea after the boats they were travelling in broke down in bad weather conditions. Italy is counting on the Libyan Coast Guard together with the Tripoli, and municipal governme...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

28 September 2017
ROHINGYA CRISIS

  Senowera Begum, a Rohingya Muslim woman living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar along with her five children, says she is struggling to make ends meet after losing her husband in a violent military offensive in Myanmar's Rakhine...

ROHINGYA CRISIS

28 September 2017
ROHINGYA CRISIS

  Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing the ethnic violence from their native Myanmar are having to make the perilous journey into Bangladesh at night to avoid being attacked. For the past several nights boatmen have been using the low tide to ferry...

COSATU CALLS FOR MORE ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCHES

28 September 2017
COSATU CALLS FOR MORE ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCHES

  Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leaders have encouraged workers to march again to their employers in the private sector and government when corruption rears its head. The national joint operation and intelligence structur...

MINISTER VS DG

28 September 2017
MINISTER VS DG

  Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says allegations made against her following her decision to suspend director general Mkhuseli Apleni are delusional. Apleni has filed urgent papers in the High Court in Pretoria after...

SWITZERLAND LEADING WORLD ECONOMIES

27 September 2017
 SWITZERLAND LEADING WORLD ECONOMIES

  The World Economic Forum (WEF) says Switzerland is the world’s most competitive economy for a ninth straight year. In its annual report released yesterday WEF said except the rare blip in 2008, when Switzerland was nudged into second pl...

IAEA CALLS FOR CLARIFICATION FROM U.S.

27 September 2017
  IAEA CALLS FOR CLARIFICATION FROM U.S.

  The United Nations nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has urged the six major nuclear powers to clarify the section their nuclear deal with Iran, about technology that could be used to develop an atomic bomb, an ar...

SYRIAN GAS FIELDS PRODUCING MORE ENERGY

27 September 2017
SYRIAN GAS FIELDS PRODUCING MORE ENERGY

  Syria’s government says since retaking the gas fields in the province of Deir al-Zor last month, the country has started to ease the burden on the public for energy and petrol. The price of petrol and gas has started to stabilise as the...

FISTFIGHT ERUPTS IN UGANDAN PARLIAMENT

27 September 2017
  FISTFIGHT ERUPTS IN UGANDAN PARLIAMENT

  Fistfight and chair-throwing broke out in Uganda’s parliament ahead of a debate in whether to grant long-serving President Yoweri Museveni another term in office. The fighting erupted after the speaker of the house allowed a ruling part...

COSATU MASS ACTION

27 September 2017
  COSATU MASS ACTION

  Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sdumo Dlamini says that today’s mass action has nothing to do with factional battles or politics but is rather about the plight of workers. Hundreds of Cosatu members have t...