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U.S. court rules in favour of man fired for smoking pot at work

Smoking marijuana at work just got a seal of...near approval from a U.S. court. A state court in Connecticut has just given a man back his job after he'd been fired for imbibing pot while at work but his punishment remains harsh.

Opposition mayor elected in S.African capital in historic vote

Johanesburg - An opposition councillor was elected mayor of Pretoria on Friday in a historic vote that saw the country's ruling ANC party lose control of the capital for the first time since the end of apartheid.

Electric cars could replace 90 percent of current U.S. vehicles

A new study out of the U.S. has determined electric vehicles, with their current charging limitations, could replace and do an equal job to 90 percent of the gasoline-powered vehicles on the road in that country today.

Pretoria opposition coalition talks fail after vote

Johanesburg - South Africa's leading opposition party said Wednesday it would not be forming a coalition government to run the country's capital, despite defeating the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in local polls.

South Africa's ANC under fire 4 years after Marikana massacre

Johanesburg - South African opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the ruling ANC for failing to deliver on its promises, four years after police killed 34 Marikana miners in a massacre that shocked the world.

South Africa marks Marikana killings but little has changed

Tornado - Mohlaudi Mohlaudi's salary may have more than doubled in the four years since 34 of his fellow miners were killed by South African police during a strike in Marikana, but he still lives in squalor.

South African woman jailed for baby kidnapping

Cape Town - A South African court on Monday jailed a woman for 10 years for kidnapping a newborn baby and raising her as her own, before an astonishing coincidence reunited the girl with her biological family.

Alzheimer's Disease: Study finds existing drug may cure dementia

There have been many encouraging studies on Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia in recent years, but a new study out of the U.K. could be the most promising yet. The study found that an existing drug may be applied to Alzheimer's to great effect.

Opposition seeks partners after SAfrica poll success

Johanesburg - South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance said Sunday it was seeking coalition partners to run major cities including the capital and business centre Johannesburg after defeating the ruling ANC in local polls.

S. Africa opposition seeks partners after local election success

Johanesburg - South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance said Sunday it was seeking coalition partners to run major cities including the capital and business centre Johannesburg after defeating the ruling ANC in local polls.

Pistorius injured in prison fall, treated in hospital

Johanesburg - South African athlete and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has returned to his cell after being treated in hospital for injuries from a fall, prison officials said Sunday, as his brother denied claims he had deliberately hurt himself.

ANC suffers major poll defeat in S. African capital

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling African National Congress suffered a historic defeat in the country's capital, where it lost to the opposition Democratic Alliance in local polls, the electoral commission said Saturday.

ANC concedes local election defeat in key South Africa city

Johanesburg - South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) conceded defeat Friday in the city of Port Elizabeth as local election results underlined the declining popularity of the party that led the anti-apartheid struggle.

ANC suffers major setback in S.Africa local polls

Johanesburg - South Africa's local elections delivered a sharp setback to the African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday, as partial results showed falling support for the party that ended apartheid.

Test for ANC as South Africa votes in local elections

Johanesburg - South Africans voted Wednesday in closely contested municipal elections that could deal a heavy blow to the African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled since leading the struggle to end apartheid.

Vote ANC, urges S.Africa's Zuma ahead of poll

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday urged supporters to vote for the ruling African National Congress ahead of fiercely competitive municipal polls that could see the party lose control of several major cities.

Racism accusations fly a week before South Africa poll

Johanesburg - The first black leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Tuesday accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of running a racist election campaign ahead of fiercely-fought municipal polls.

AIDS summit ends with call for more funding

Durban - The International Aids Conference in South Africa wrapped up Friday with calls for increased funding as the search for a cure continues and with HIV infections running at around 2.5 million a year.

Prosecutors appeal 'shockingly lenient' Pistorius sentence

Johanesburg - South African prosecutors said Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as "shockingly too lenient".

Eight-year-old boy's discovery solves mystery of turtle shell

No other living vertebrate has gone to as much trouble to alter its body in such a way as to afford itself an impenetrable structure for protection as the turtle. But now, thanks to an eight-year-old boy, we may have to rethink why the turtle has a shell.
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