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Exclusive Lady Detective short story

Today at 01:00 AM, via BBC News

To mark 50 years of Botswana’s independence, Alexander McCall Smith writes an exclusive short story featuring his lady detectives.

South Africa

Winnie robbed of R83000 birthday gift money

Yesterday at 23:28 PM, via News24

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has opened a case of theft after discovering her R83 000 birthday cash gift had gone missing.

South Africa

Sanef outraged by attacks on journalists

Yesterday at 21:43 PM, via Eyewitness News

In one incident a reporter was punched repeatedly in the head and pepper sprayed at close range a UJ.


Hidden moments

Today at 01:22 AM, via BBC News

As Colombians decide whether to accept a ceasefire with the Farc, a look at the work of photographer Jesus Abad Colorado Lopez.


Divisive memories

Today at 01:13 AM, via BBC News

Grace Livingstone reports on how a row about proposed changes to a number of museums in Argentina highlights divisions about how the years of military rule should be remembered.


Mining disaster

Today at 01:09 AM, via BBC News

Photographer Subrata Biswas documents the fallout of India’s dependence on coal to meet its energy requirements.


You sent how much?!

Today at 01:04 AM, via BBC News

Business email fraud is on the rise, with fraudsters persuading staff to pay bogus invoices and make wire transfers under false pretences. Can tech foil the fraudsters?


Free land

Today at 01:03 AM, via BBC News

The Russian government has been giving away free land in the Far East of the country. The scheme has been rolling out – but not without its problems.


Rates revolution

Today at 01:03 AM, via BBC News

Businesses in property hotspots are about to see their rates rise, whilst those in areas where property prices have fallen will see their bills go down.


Tshwane mayor a ‘corrupt liar’: ANC

Yesterday at 13:40 PM, via Times Live

Solly Msimanga‚ Tshwane’s new executive mayor‚ is corrupt and a brazen liar‚ the ANC in the city has insisted.


Minister Molewa challenges auditor-general

Yesterday at 10:16 AM, via Times Live

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will miss the deadline for tabling her department’s 2015-16 annual report in Parliament as she is challenging the qualified audit the department was given by the auditor-general.


Wanted: New metro city managers

Yesterday at 10:13 AM, via Times Live

The country’s major metros have started looking for city managers as new councils seek to deliver on promises made before the elections.


Loftus a leap too far for Wallabies

Today at 00:00 AM, via Mail & Guardian Online

The venue has long worked against the visitors but uncertainty among the Boks could break the spell.


Nevada rules funding for school voucher program is unconstitutional

Today at 00:18 AM, via The Guardian

The hotly-debated program is seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country, allowing parents to access $5,000 in public funds each year

The Nevada supreme court has ruled that the state’s voucher-style education savings accounts program – seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country – has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked.



English universities to be ranked gold, silver and bronze

Yesterday at 20:24 PM, via The Guardian

Ratings form part of government’s teaching excellence framework and will come into force from the middle of next year

Students in England will take their pick from gold, silver and bronze universities after the government said it would create new league tables based on teaching quality.

But unlike at the Olympics, bronze will be a booby prize, awarded to universities found to be...


South Africa: #FeesMustFall – Should the Chamber of Mines Pay?

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via All Africa

[Daily Maverick] As protests continue at universities across the country, there was a call in Johannesburg for the Chamber of Mines to help fund free education. In their demands for equal access to education, students have targeted government, but also called on the private sector and big business. While many campuses have closed, protests are set to continue this week. By GREG NICOLSON.


‘Birth of a Nation’ star says will not apologize over rape case

Today at 00:17 AM, via Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nate Parker, director and star of the new slavery drama “The Birth of a Nation,” said he would not apologize over a 17-year-old rape accusation that has hijacked attention from a film once tipped as an Oscar front-runner.


FCC delays final vote on pay TV box reform

Yesterday at 23:38 PM, via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it would delay a final vote on a landmark reform of the $20 billion television set-top box market — a blow to advocates seeking to cut bills for tens of millions of subscribers.


Slashdot Asks: The Washington Post Says It Publishes Something Every Minute — How Much Is Too Much?

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Media outlets are increasingly vying for your attention. But they are also feeding Google’s algorithm. Some of them churn hundreds of news articles every day, hoping to offer a diverse range of articles to their readers, and also increase their “search space.” The Washington Post is currently running a promotional offer — letting people get a six-month digital subscription for $10 (pretty good...


Hormonal contraception tied to increased depression risk

Today at 00:48 AM, via Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Hormonal contraception, including birth control pills or implants, may increase a woman’s odds of depression and antidepressant medication use, according to a large study of Danish women.


‘Artificial pancreas’ for type 1 diabetes wins FDA approval

Today at 00:13 AM, via CNN

The Food and Drug Administration approved a so-called artificial pancreas Wednesday. The first-of-its-kind device, the size of a cell phone, monitors and treats patients with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.


Conservation management action for iconic Cape mountain zebra

Yesterday at 16:26 PM, via CapeNature

Conservation management was seen in action during CapeNature’s first Cape mountain zebra capture and translocation operation that took place from the 19th to the 22nd of September 2016 in and around the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg. This active conservation management action was done in an attempt to improve the resilience and growth […]


Get moving in the right direction for Transport Month

Yesterday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

October ushers in Transport Month and with it, a need to rethink our energy mix and how we travel from A to B.This would go a long way in an effort to reducing our emissions and our impact on climate change.To do this, we need to shift from traditional modes of transport to existing low-carbon alternatives. Making use of the public transport alternatives that are available to us is the first...


Cape mountain zebra conservation success highlighted at CoP

Wednesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CITES CoP17 has accepted a proposal from South Africa that Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra) be downlisted conditionally from Appendix I to Appendix II.In its listing proposal, South Africa said that there was broad consensus that the downlisting of Cape mountain zebra would increase its economic value as a subspecies, which in turn would increase the size and range of this species on...