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Philippine ferry: Survivors are clinging onto the overturned hull

Philippine ferry: Survivors are clinging onto the overturned hull

Manila – At least 33 people were killed after a passenger ferry with 173 on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, a disaster monitoring official said. Rescue boats picked up dozens of survivors who clung to the overturned hull of ... Read More »

Alabama lowers Confederate flag

Alabama lowers Confederate flag

Washington – The Confederate battle flag was taken down on Wednesday outside Alabama’s state legislature as Americans increasingly shun the Civil War era saltire (flag) after the Charleston church massacre. Two workers were seen quietly and quickly lowering the flag that has long flown alongside ... Read More »

‘Miracle’ mom, baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

‘Miracle’ mom, baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

Bogota – A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of north-western Colombia several days ago were found alive and well on Wednesday in what authorities called a “miracle”. Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, ... Read More »

Titanic music composer James Horner dies

Titanic music composer James Horner dies

James Horner, the Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film hit Titanic, has died in a California plane crash aged 61. A trained pilot, he is reported to have been alone aboard a small private plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara ... Read More »

UN peacekeepers ‘barter goods for sex’

UN peacekeepers ‘barter goods for sex’

UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says. The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in ... Read More »

Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking

Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking

Former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer has admitted that he and others on the executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup host. The American said he also helped to arrange bribes over the 1998 ... Read More »

AmaXhosa King Sigcawu crowned

AmaXhosa King Sigcawu crowned

(SABC) King Mpendulo Sigcawu has been crowned as monarch of the Xhosa people at a spectacular coronation ceremony at Nqadu Great Place near Willowvale in the Eastern Cape. The Judge President of the Eastern Cape, Judge Themba Sangoni, performed the act of crowning the king ... Read More »

Egypt’s ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years

Egypt’s ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years

(BBC) An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule. It is the first verdict he has received since his overthrow and is one of several trials he faces. Morsi ... Read More »

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo jailed

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo jailed

(BBC) Ivory Coast’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections. Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining state security. Her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is awaiting ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: Ten top issues for women’s health

International Women’s Day: Ten top issues for women’s health

(WHO website) Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health through the Life-course, World Health Organization 8 March – International Women’s Day – is a day to celebrate women and their achievements. It is also a day to take stock of ... Read More »