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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, each of which carries a potential 10 years in prison. The actor has been on trial for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby, 80, had vehemently denied Ms Constand’s claims. It was the second time the actor had stood trial for the allegations, after an earlier jury failed to reach a verdict in June 2017 At the start of the retrial in Pennsylvania it was revealed that Cosby had paid Ms Constand…

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South African Journalist dies during training in Cairo

A South African 2017 award winning Journalist, Ms Yadhana Jadoo has died whilst attending a Union of African Journalists (UAJ) training workshop in Cairo, Egypt. Ms Jadoo, who worked with The Citizen newspaper in South Africa died after a short illness on Wednesday. She was said to have complained of feverishness and was taken to hospital but died moments later, according to Graphic Online reporter, Gertrude Ankah Nyavi who is also attending the same workshop in Cairo. According to Ms Ankah Nyavi, the 34-year-old Jadoo started complaining feeling unwell on…

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Female taxi driver wins admiration of residents in Kinshasa

In a city of over 10 million residents, Maguy Washilona stands out as a female taxi driver. For over 5 years now, Maguy has taken on the profession that is dominated by men, winning the admiration of many. Her courage is even more admirable, considering that she still makes time to contribute to her family where she is a wife and mother. Every morning she conducts her usual household chores before heading to work. “I start at 6 a.m. and work until 6.30 p.m. or at the latest until 7…

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Israel scraps plan to deport migrants

Israel has scrapped a plan to forcibly deport tens of thousands of illegal African migrants. In a written response to the country’s Supreme Court, the government said forced removal of the migrants “is no longer on the agenda”. However, Israel’s immigration authorities are still seeking ways to deport migrants voluntarily, it said. The fate of Israel’s roughly 30,000 illegal African migrants has become a hugely contentious issue. The supreme court previously suspended a plan to expel the migrants – mostly from Eritrea and Sudan – unless they voluntarily accepted a…

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South African Airways seeks extra $400m bail-out from state

South African Airways (SAA) is in discussions with the Treasury on a cash injection of about R5bn, which the company needs to cover historic debt and its working-capital requirements until September. This emerged from submissions by SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana at a meeting of Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts on Tuesday. The hoped-for bailout would be in addition to the 800 million US dollars injected into SAA by the government in 2017. Jarana said part of the 400 million dollars was needed now as SAA did not have a…

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