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‘How I got my children back’

Today at 02:02 AM, via BBC News

When Archie was taken into care, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court sought to reunite him with his father.

South Africa

[WATCH] Brickz sentenced to 15 years behind bars

Yesterday at 20:47 PM, via Eyewitness News

Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a relative. Ndlovu was found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece at his Ruimsig home in 2013.

World

Qatar suggests Gulf crisis hurts fight against Islamic State: CNBC

Today at 02:28 AM, via Reuters

(Reuters) – Qatar’s foreign minister suggested on Tuesday that measures taken by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states in their dispute with Qatar had hurt the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State, according to the text of an interview with CNBC.

World

War and peace

Today at 01:28 AM, via BBC News

A former India soldier returns to Sri Lanka 30 years after a peacekeeping mission ended in war.

Africa

UN chief wants 900 extra peacekeepers in C. Africa

Today at 02:30 AM, via The Citizen

Warning of a risk of ethnic cleansing, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the Security Council to beef up the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops.

Africa

Air attack may have caused UN chief’s plane crash: study

Today at 01:30 AM, via The Citizen

A new UN report on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold in central Africa has concluded it appears “plausible” the aircraft came under attack.

Business

Toughest lessons

Today at 01:46 AM, via BBC News

A student who faced torture and imprisonment in Syria’s civil war is starting her life again at a university in Canada

Business

Wine on the edge

Today at 01:41 AM, via BBC News

How Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie is able to make award-winning wines, despite winter temperatures so cold it can kill his vines.

Business

Putting Canadian wine on the map

Today at 01:41 AM, via BBC News

How the wines of Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie are winning a growing number of fans around the world.

Politics

EFF commends decision to remove Nzimande

Yesterday at 15:54 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lauded the firing of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande from cabinet.

Sport

WRAP: Champions League

Yesterday at 23:20 PM, via News24

A comprehensive wrap of all the fixtures, kick-off times, results and match reports from this week’s Champions League action.

Sport

Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

Yesterday at 23:19 PM, via News24

Manchester City conceded two penalties – one that was squandered, one that was scored – as they edged Napoli 2-1 in the Champions League.

Education

Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents’ complaints

Yesterday at 20:10 PM, via The Guardian

Group of parents say children have been given hateful messages in assemblies and lessons led by charity CrossTeach

A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.

Dan Turvey, the headteacher of St John’s...

Education

East London primary school head apologises for slave dress letter

Yesterday at 19:05 PM, via The Guardian

Unauthorised letter to parents asked them to send pupils in dressed in ‘dirty and worn-out’ clothes as part of Black History Month

The headteacher of a primary school has apologised after an unauthorised letter was sent to parents suggesting children should come to school dressed as slaves as part of Black History Month celebrations.

Parents and carers of pupils in a class at St Winefride’s...

Entertainment

YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push

Yesterday at 23:58 PM, via Reuters

(Reuters) – YouTube virtual reality video series “The Confessional” debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc to attract viewers to the new medium.

Science/Tech

EA Shuts Down Visceral Games, Shifting Development On Its Star Wars Game

Today at 02:50 AM, via Slashdot

Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, is being shut down by EA. The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and moved to a different studio. Kotaku reports: “Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe,” EA’s Patrick Soderlund said in a blog post. “In its current form, it was...

Science/Tech

ZTE Launches Axon M, a Foldable, Dual-Screened Smartphone

Today at 02:10 AM, via Slashdot

ZTE’s new Axon M is a full-featured smartphone with a hinge that connects two full-size displays, making the Axon M a flip phone of sorts. “Its front screen is a 5.2-inch, 1080p panel, it has last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera,” reports The Verge. “But flip the phone over and there’s an identical 5.2-inch display on the back, making the Axon M...

Health

Allergan ruling casts doubt on tribal patent strategy

Today at 00:06 AM, via Reuters

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge’s ruling on Monday invalidating Allergan Plc’s patents on its blockbuster $1.5 billion dry-eye medicine, Restasis, has cast doubt on the company’s novel strategy to enlist a Native American tribe to help shield those patents from challenge by generic drugmakers, legal experts said.

Nature

Support WWF without spending a cent

Yesterday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

In these tough economic times, it's hard work balancing the budget, let alone finding spare cash to spend on yourself or support a cause that's close to your heart.This is why WWF values every supporter's contribution – no matter how big or small.WWF is one of the beneficiaries of the MyPlanet programme. And this month, when MySchool, MyPlanet, MyVillage celebrates its 20th anniversary, they're...

Nature

Blog: How to feed our nation

Monday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

My earliest memory of hunger is not my own but my mother's. I have my own often complicated relationship with food but I am, undeniably, a sweet summer child, born to plenty and warmth. My mother was not. My mother's family lived in dusty little town called Klipgat, in the now North West Province. It was there, as a little girl, that she experienced the hungriest time of her life. She told me...

Nature

Hidden Gem in the Klein Karoo – Anysberg Nature Reserve

Friday at 08:57 AM, via CapeNature

This summer we invite you to explore, conserve and experience Anysberg Nature Reserve. Located in the heart of the Klein Karoo, off the beaten track near Ladismith, this picturesque nature reserve is renowned for its wide variety of outdoor activities and adventures. Kick back in the shade outside your cottage, with a book and a […]