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Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

Cape Town - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.

S.Africa's Zuma vows economic revival in disrupted speech

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday announced plans for "an effective turnaround plan" for South Africa's ailing economy in an address to the nation disrupted by a walkout by radical lawmakers.

S. African police fire stun grenades ahead of Zuma address

Cape Town - South African police fired stun grenades to disperse angry protesters outside parliament on Thursday shortly before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his annual state of the nation address.

S.African scrutiny over Zuma's ties to Indian family

Johanesburg - Political scandals, huge economic deals and even extravagant wedding party controversies -- an immigrant family that is one of South Africa's wealthiest is accused by critics of wielding immense power behind the scenes.

Dancing at dawn: S. Africa's new pre-work party scene

Johanesburg - As dawn breaks over a Johannesburg park, some 300 people dance in silence, some dressed as Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman.Others are in tutus, black catsuits or animal "onesies". Many have masks and painted faces.

S.Africa's Zuma to pay back money for home upgrade

Johanesburg - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of the public funds used to upgrade his private home, his office said Wednesday, attempting to end a two-year scandal that has plagued his government.

South African mayor grants 16 girls virginity scholarships

Almost always scholarships for higher education are granted for academic and sports related accomplishments to students who excel in some school related function.

U.S. photographer captures naked women in decaying locations

In a project amied at showing beauty alongside decaying human-made structures, an American photographer filmed naked models in every state of the Union. What is most unusual about the project is the odd locations.

1,175 rhinos killed by poachers in S.Africa last year

Pretoria - Nearly 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa last year, officials said Thursday, a slight decrease on 2014, but another year of carnage fuelled by Asian-led demand for their horn.

Ninth orca whale calf born to local pods, but another whale dies

There's a stampede of orca whales being born into the 3 southern resident pods of B.C. and Washington State with the latest birth confirmed this week. But the news isn't all good as a distressed mother was seen with her deceased calf.

Rapper Mos Def to stand trial in S. Africa over 'world passport'

Johanesburg - American rapper Mos Def will be tried in a South African court in March after being arrested for presenting a "world passport" when trying to fly out of the country, officials said Wednesday.

The Onion sells 40% stake to Univision — Really, it did

The largest Spanish language broadcaster in the United States, Univision, has bought a 40 percent controlling interest in the Onion, the satirical online news magazine. No joke and all kidding aside, it's true, the deal was announced today.

Volunteers send water as S. African temperatures soar

Boksburg - In a large shed to the east of Johannesburg men stacked tens of thousands of litres of water onto a flatbed truck as part of a neighbourhood volunteer campaign to save South Africa's dry towns.

S.African trial delayed for Dane accused of mutilating women

Johanesburg - The trial in South Africa of a Danish man accused of mutilating women and storing pieces of their genitals in his freezer was deferred on Wednesday until next month, the prosecution said.

Pistorius moves to appeal murder conviction in S. Africa's top court

Johanesburg - Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius on Monday made a last-ditch attempt with South Africa's top court to overturn his murder conviction for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

U.K. study may have discovered Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough

Scientists from the University of Southampton released results of a study on Friday that they believe is an important next step toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia. It involves blocking one of the brain's receptors.

S.Africa's Zuma denounces 'demon of racism' over online insults

Rustenburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday denounced what he called the "demon of racism" following a slew of discriminatory insults on social media.

Orca whale dies caught on fishing line, U.K. pod nearly extinct

When Lulu the orca whale was found dead on the beach of a Scottish island last week the public and marine biologists moaned her loss. The pod she was part of — Britain's last of its type — was given little chance of survival; it's now given none.

Justin Bieber Bad Boy Back: Pulls his pants down in Mexico

The singer from Canada who was good and then went bad and then good again seems to have taken another turn back towards being bad. A Spanish-language paper reports that Justin Bieber was kicked out of a revered historic site in Mexico.

Halifax man drinks 130-year-old beer found in harbour — Yuck!

A Halifax man drank beer from a 130-year-old bottle of Alexander Keith's found unopened in Halifax harbour by a scuba diver and said the old brew tasted....not so good. Chris Reynolds gave the beer a failing grade but loved drinking it.
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