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Western Cape Premier Helen Zille must be expelled from the party for her defence of colonialism, several DA leaders have said.

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Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school.

KABUL, Afghanistan " Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Little girl steals more than just the Pope's heart.

As Pope Francis leaned forward to give Estella Westrick a kiss on the cheek as he greeted the faithful on St. Peter’s Square, the 3-year-old caused a sensation by reaching up and yanking his white skullcap off his head.         


Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy.

WASHINGTON " Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Brady jersey theft suspect spent Super Bowl week taking selfies.

The Mexican media executive went to the Super Bowl as a working journalist but told people he was in Houston as a fan


Little girl grabs Pope Francis' skullcap.

Pope Francis was leaning in to kiss three-year-old Estella Westrick, when the rambunctious little girl thought it would be funny to grab his skullcap. The swipe brought a big smile to the pope's face. Seth Doane has more.


A look at developments in the 2014 S. Korean ferry disaster.

SEOUL, South Korea " Salvage workers are slowly pulling the huge, corroded South Korean ferry above the sea surface Thursday, about three years after it sank on a routine voyage to a resort island, killing more than 300 people,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Police officer, 3 others killed in northern Wisconsin; suspect in custody.

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where...

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In Photos: Scenes from the attack on U.K. Parliament in London .

British police shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a "terrorist" incident. One woman has died and others have "catastrophic" injuries following a suspected terror attack outside the British parliament, local media reported on ...

- The Globe and Mail - CA

South Korea starts lifting Sewol ferry, almost three years after disaster.

Technical issues had prevented the salvage of the ferry, which claimed 304 lives when it sank.

- Washington Post - US

China to 'inspect' lawyer after torture allegations.

Man says authorities want him 'to be silent' after he transcribed an interview with an imprisoned fellow human-rights laywer

- The Globe and Mail - CA | Want a personalised number plate in SA? Here's what you need to know

Whether it's 'CATCH ME - GP' or 'SXYBEAST - EC', we've all thought about owning a personalised number plate in SA. Here's what you need to know...

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In photos: UK Parliament attack

GRAPHIC WARNING: The story below contains images that could upset some readers.

- Stuff - NZ

London attack: What we know so far about the attack at U.K. Parliament

At least five people have died and several were badly injured in what authorities say was a terrorist attack at the British Parliament

- The Globe and Mail - CA

MPs: London terror attack could have been prevented if police at Parliament's 'weak spot' had kept gate bolted

The terrorist attack on Parliament could have been prevented if police on duty at a well-known security "weak spot" had simply kept it bolted, MPs have said.The killer managed to get in through a vehicle gate in New Palace Yard...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

UK won't change terror threat level after attack: Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today termed the terror strike in the heart of London as sick and depraved' attack on democratic values, which was doomed to failure', after four people were killed and...

- The Hindu - IN

London attack: World leaders show solidarity

France, Germany and the US send messages of solidarity after the deadly attack near parliament.

- BBC - UK

Donald Trump says he feels vindicated by reports of 'incidental' tap

US President Donald Trump says he feels vindicated in his claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor - Barack Obama - after it emerged some of his communications did make their way into intelligence reports.

- Stuff - NZ

Deadly attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and beyond have shaken Europe in recent years

An apparent terrorist attack Wednesday outside British Parliament came one year after suicide bombings at the Brussels airport and a Metro station in Belgium. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Belgium assaults on March 22, 2016, which left 32 people dead and more than 300 injured. The...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Issue 5: Tears and the Great Barrier Reef

In this week’s Australia newsletter, we explore the story behind the story of the reef, plus Rodrigo Duterte and books that will bring you joy.

- New York Times - US

The Latest: Families of ferry victims express gratitude

SEOUL, South Korea " The latest on the South Korean efforts to raise a sunken ferry :11:50 a.m.A South Korean group representing the families of ferry disaster victims has issued a statement thanking salvaging...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ | Maps Maponyane and Unathi Msengana join the Miss SA 2017 judging panel

The judges for the Miss South Africa 2017 pageant have been announced! See the full panel here.

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Spokesman confirms China suspended imports of Brazil beef

BEIJING " A spokesman for China's commerce ministry confirmed Thursday his government has banned imports of Brazilian beef.Brazil's agriculture minister said earlier China suspended imports after investigators accused Brazilian...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian farmers cement feet to protest factory

JAKARTA, Indonesia " About 50 farmers and activists opposed to a cement factory in Indonesia's Central Java province have encased their feet in concrete during a dayslong protest in Jakarta, the capital.Farmers in the village...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Nevada backs Equal Rights Amendment decades after deadline

CARSON CITY, Nev. " Nevada on Wednesday became the first state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment decades after the deadline to enshrine in the U.S. Constitution that women and men are equal under the law.Lawmakers who backed...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

FBI suspects Donald Trump associates coordinated with Russia to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign - report

Information obtained by the FBI indicates that associates of US President Donald Trump coordinated with suspected Russian operatives to damage Hillary Clinton's election campaign last year, CNN says.

- Stuff - NZ

U.S. Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa, Syria

The bold operation marked the first American air assault against the Islamic State in Syria and displayed the new leeway President Trump has given commanders.

- New York Times - US

Passengers react to ban on carry-on electronics on flights from the Middle East

Passengers on flights from the Middle East to the United States are used to being searched and aggressively questioned before boarding. But for many, the Trump administration's new ban on bringing electronics into the cabin went too far. I fly at least three times a year to the U.S.,' said Sultan...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Move to have Katherine Mansfield's bones returned to NZ blocked by English relative

The eldest relative of Katherine Mansfield has blocked a move backed by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to have the author's remains exhumed from her burial site in France.

- Stuff - NZ

Mexico City bullfighter gored by bull in rectum

A cringe-inducing clip shows the horrific moment a bullfighter is gored in the rear by a furious bull in Mexico City.Matador Antonio Romero was the victim of the bull named Caporal who punctured him 27cm deep in him rectal area...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Tillerson calls for more allied support in fight against Islamic State

As representatives from more than 60 nations gathered here to share strategies on defeating Islamic State, U.S. helicopters ferried hundreds of Syrian fighters into a battle Wednesday in southern Syria in a major new offensive. During the night, U.S. helicopters carried nearly 500 Syrian fighters...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Cities around the world show support for London after deadly terrorist attack

Cities around the world illuminated — and dimmed — landmark buildings Wednesday night to show solidarity with London after a deadly terrorist attack in the heart of the city. An attacker plowed through pedestrians in a bustling tourist area outside Parliament before fatally stabbing a police officer....

- Los Angeles Times - US

The Problem With Trump? He's Too Much Like Obama, Says North Korea

Pyongyang has a criticism of Trump he probably wasn't expecting

- TIME Magazine - US

Terror returns to London with attack on Parliament

In the worst terrorist incident to hit the UK since the 7 July 2005 bombings, five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday when an assailant armed with two long knives drove his car into pedestrians and stabbed a policeman close to Britain's parliament.

- Times Of India - IN

A timeline of how shootings unfolded in northern Wisconsin

WESTON, Wis. " A timeline of shootings Wednesday in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three other people dead :12:27 p.m. " Police are dispatched to a "domestic situation" at the Marathon...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

The bodies of 295 passengers were recovered after the sinking on April 16, 2014, but nine are still missing.

- The Hindu - IN

London Attack: What We Know and Don’t Know

The latest developments, and remaining questions, in the deadly attack near Parliament in London.

- New York Times - US

Britons denounce Donald Trump Jr.'s attack on London mayor

Donald Trump Jr. took a break on Wednesday from defending his father's agenda on Twitter to weigh in on the attack outside the British Parliament that left four people dead, including a police officer and the alleged assailant. The president's oldest child took aim at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London,...

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London terrorist attack renews security fears across Europe

Attack on House of Parliament the most significant in Britain since 2005 suicide bombings on London transit system

- The Globe and Mail - CA

#PrayForLondon drawing goes viral in wake of attack

In wake of London attack, artist creates drawing to show "we are all suffering in the same way"


Democrats grill Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch over Trump concerns

Gorsuch completed his testimony on Wednesday night, and the committee will complete its deliberations on Thursday by hearing testimony from outside witnesses.

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Trump speaks to May after UK terror attack, offers support

US President Donald Trump today spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after a terror attack outside UK Parliament complex and pledged his administration's full support in bringing those responsible to justice.

- Times Of India - IN

On board the Rainbow Warrior

Lucia Newman is on board Greenpeace's ship to observe their latest campaign, 'Save the Seas At the End of the World'.

- Al Jazeera - QA

World leaders 'stand' with Britain after London attack

May described the attack as "sick and depraved" saying the assailant chose the site as an assault on Britain's democratic values.

- The Hindu - IN

Five chips on the table with Trump's health-care gamble

As the House prepares to vote on the President's replacement for Obamacare, his reputation – and his party's – are on the line

- The Globe and Mail - CA

UK Parliament attack: What we know so far

Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a terror attack at the heart of Britain's seat of power attributed by police to "Islamist-related terrorism". The lightning attack unfolded on Wednesday across Westminster Bridge in the shadow of Big Ben, a towering landmark ...

- Times Of India - IN

More extreme and unusual weather in 2017: WMO

Each of the year since 2001 has seen at least 0.4 degree—Celsius above the long-term average for the 1961—1990 base period, used by the UN agency as a reference for climate change monitoring.

- The Hindu - IN

CNN: FBI has suspicious information on Trump associates

CNN reports that the FBI has suspicious information on Trump associates' ties with Russia.The information indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives, US officials told CNN.Those...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Attack outside British Parliament leaves five dead, including cop and attacker

At least five people, including the attacker, were killed and many more injured after a car and knife attack outside British Parliament Wednesday. The attacker was killed by police. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

- CBS NEWS - US | US spy agencies monitored Trump communications: Nunes

A senior US politician says US spy agencies scooped up the communications of Donald Trump's presidential transition team and possibly Trump's as well.

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