At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another...
As a South African‚ Greg Badenhorst is accustomed to reports about violence but he had never experienced anything like the wrath of Mother Nature. The 40-year-old Capetonian decided to forgo calls to evacuate his home in the state of Florida...
Three people, including a child, have been shot dead in Kenya in opposition protests which raged overnight into Saturday after the hotly disputed election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Demonstrations and running battles with police broke out in Nairobi slums...
Police gained the upper hand in Hamburg early on Saturday morning after a day of running clashes with anti-capitalist protesters seeking to disrupt the city’s G20 summit of global leaders. Heavily armed police commandos moved in after activists had spent...
Amnesty International has called for the release of detained Zimbabwean #Thisflag activist Pastor Evan Mawarire. Mawarire was arrested on Monday at the University of Zimbabwe while praying with medical students engaged in a protest over academic fees. “The latest arrest of...
A van ploughed into a crowd of Muslims near a London mosque early on Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in what was being treated as the latest terrorist attack to hit Britain. The 48-year-old driver of...
Salman Abedi, the suspected bomber behind the Manchester pop concert attack, had been on the radar of security services, interior minister Amber Rudd confirmed on Wednesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QpFR4zWQdo&feature=youtu.be “It is somebody that they had known and I’m sure when this investigation concludes...
Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester. Addressing the nation from her Downing Street office, Prime...
Mmusi Maimane‚ leader of the Democratic Alliance‚ on Friday laid criminal charges at the Cape Town Central Police Station against several members of Cabinet‚ the SAPS‚ Hawks‚ the National Prosecuting Authority and senior government officials “for their unconstitutional actions...
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of a Russian connection as “non-sense,” two days after the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn renewed questions about Moscow interference in US politics. “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an...
African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe said US President Donald Trump’s changes in policies should only be a cause for concern if they threaten multilateral trade deals. Mantashe’s comment comes after Trump slapped a ban on travellers from...
South Africans have planned a number of demonstrations in solidarity with protests in the United States to mark the the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in Washington‚ DC. The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) will picket at the US...
A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ugqj76r_k Rescue workers using flashlights...
As Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration as president of the US‚ Republicans have hope in their hearts that his hands will massage all of America’s problems away. For everyone else‚ facing a four-year sequel to the collective nightmare in...
President Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the final time as president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOTObaj9jY0 Capping his eight years in the White House, Obama returned to...
At least 73 people were killed and scores more injured when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique on Thursday, the nation's public radio announced. "The death toll of the incident is now 73,"...
Donald Trump sailed into another political tempest Thursday after threatening not to recognize the outcome of the US presidential election in a final debate with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner. With the November 8 elections just 19 days away, the...
A defiant Donald Trump on Sunday said Hillary Clinton would go to jail if he were president and attacked her husband for his treatment of women in a vicious presidential debate less than a month before the U.S. election. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVC8w-nzUo Their...
Republicans have named Donald Trump as their official nominee for the American presidency. Trump is not a typical presidential candidate for America, the oldest democracy in the world. He’s not particularly smart and knows more about hotels and beauty pageants than...
Aspiring first lady Melania Trump found herself caught in an embarrassing plagiarism controversy Tuesday after a prime-time defense of her husband that appeared to be lifted in part from a speech given by Michelle Obama. No sooner had the poised...
Turkish authorities have detained 1,563 military personnel across the country after a coup attempt overnight by a faction of the military, an official told Reuters. The soldiers attempted to use tanks and attack helicopters to overthrow the government. Erdogan asserts control...
Celebrities‚ politicians and thousands of social media users have shown their support for France after more than 80 people were killed while celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. President Francois Hollande declared the incident a “terrorist” attack after a gunman drove...
A gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande on Friday declared a "terrorist" attack. Police shot the driver dead...
The brother and sister arrested by police over a suspected terror plot have been granted bail. Ibrahim and Fatima Patel were each granted R5‚000 bail after their lawyer‚ Yousha Tayob‚ brought an urgent application before the Johannesburg High Court for...
By Tiso Black Star Group DIGITAL The arrest of four people suspected of being allegedly involved in terrorism activities at the weekend is the latest in a number of terror events South Africa has seen since the dawn of democracy...
South Africa’s weakening economy and surging public dissatisfaction has placed it on a “warning” in the latest Fragile States Index. Released by the Fund for Peace‚ the 2016 report states: “The 10-year trends of the Fragile States Index demonstrate a...
By REUTERS Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State...
The widely publicised American presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump causes me to question the lucidity of the voter pool. The controversial, misogynist Trump can be likened to a babbling dunce sitting in the corner spurting discriminatory hogwash....
The United Nations refugee agency has thanked South Africa for being a leader on the continent when it comes to giving refugees rights. “Unlike in most countries in Africa‚ refugees have rights in South Africa such as the right to...
A gunman killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in US history which authorities described as a possible act of terrorism. Police killed the shooter, who was identified as...
With the Democratic presidential nomination effectively wrapped up, Hillary Clinton’s campaign still urged supporters to vote in yesterday’s nominating contests and bring a definitive end to her protracted primary battle against Bernie Sanders.  Clinton secured enough delegates to win the...
Hillary Clinton rallied with a few hundred supporters on Saturday in California farm town Oxnard. But the real party occurred in nearby Los Angeles, where thousands of young voters gathered to see their hero Bernie Sanders. Both politicians have been criss-crossing...
Donald Trump hit out hard at Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz on Sunday, sounding unapologetic two days before a key primary in Indiana he says will decide the Republican presidential race.  A new poll ahead of the winner-take-all vote today...
Texas Senator Ted Cruz scored a commanding victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin’s presidential primary on Tuesday, putting the Republican frontrunner on notice that his march to the nomination was not a done deal. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also crashed...
Greek and EU authorities yesterday fine-tuned an operation to expel to Turkey hundreds of migrants denied asylum in a landmark deal slammed by rights groups. Officials declined to comment on the details of the operation, which is believed to begin early...
North Korea fired another short-range missile off its east coast yesterday, South Korean officials said, as global leaders met in Washington to discuss the threat of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. It was the latest in a series of North Korean...
Russia began withdrawing its forces from Syria yesterday, a move hailed as a potentially “positive step” for a new round of UN-backed peace talks seeking to end the conflict. Warplanes at Moscow’s Hmeimim air base in Syria were being loaded...
A female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was one of two suspected perpetrators of a car bombing that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital Ankara, security officials said yesterday. Sunday’s attack, tearing through a crowded transport...
Secret Service officers rushed on stage to protect US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump during a disturbance at a rally, a day after rowdy protests shut down his event in Chicago. Trump briefly ducked at the podium and four Secret...
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remained the frontrunners in the 2016 quest for the White House, but Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders scored key victories in the latest contests. Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton both won in the delegate-rich...
Chief rivals to US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump assailed him for shifting positions at a debate, but said in the end they would reluctantly support him if he were their party’s nominee. Under questioning by Fox News Channel moderators...
Europe's bemusement at the rise of Donald Trump has switched to concern as his presidential campaign has gained ground in what observers said was a warning to traditional parties about ignoring populists. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier this week spoke...
Business Donald Trump inched closer to the US Republican presidential nomination after easily outdistancing his rivals in the Nevada caucuses yesterday, giving him his third win in four early nominating contests. Broadcast networks called the state for Trump almost immediately after...
The United States has made little or no progress in explaining how and why it orders lethal drone strikes, even as America’s reliance on the unmanned aircraft soars worldwide, a report found yesterday. According to a study by the Stimson...
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada. The wins for the brash billionaire...
Hopes for a ceasefire in Syria were fading yesterday, after dozens of people were killed in air strikes on hospitals that France branded war crimes and Syria’s president said implementing a truce would prove “difficult”. The United Nations said nearly...
Donald Trump, his face red with emotion, lashed out a rivals Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz at the most acrimonious debate to date between Republican presidential candidates, shouting insults and casting aside a pledge to be more measured. The billionaire...
Russia said yesterday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kickstart peace talks derailed by the Syrian regime’s onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo. Tens of thousands...
Tens of thousands of Syrians were stranded at the border with Turkey yesterday after escaping a Russia-backed government offensive in Aleppo, as Germany’s chancellor prepared to visit Ankara to press for tighter border controls. Turkey has vowed to help the...
US Senator Ted Cruz soundly defeated billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa’s Republican nominating contest on Monday, upending the party’s presidential race and creating a three-way competition with establishment candidate Senator Marco Rubio. On the Democratic side, officials said former secretary...