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South Africa

Western Cape top cop gunned down, Hawks investigating

Yesterday at 21:50 PM, via SABC News

Western Cape police say the Hawks will investigate circumstances, which led to the fatal shooting of senior detective in the Anti Gang Unit Lt Colonel  Charl Kinnear.

World

Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies; succession battle looms

Today at 06:42 AM, via News24

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the US Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming.

Africa

Inside Zim’s illicit gold mine trade

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Desperate people mine the mineral, but it is ‘untouchable big people’, including top state officials, who reap the real benefits

Politics

Clicks-bait: EFF MP’s new parole probe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Kenny Motsamai, a parolee who is also an EFF MP, could be sent back to jail if correctional services finds he violated his parole conditions

Politics

State Security Agency pours cold water on Lana Marks ‘assassination plot’

Yesterday at 20:24 PM, via SABC News

South Africa’s State Security Agency has poured cold water on allegations that Iran was plotting to assassinate the United States Ambassador to South Africa. In a statement, the intelligence agency says the information provided is not sufficient to sustain the allegation.

Politics

COPE lambasts ANC members for supporting Andile Lungisa

Yesterday at 13:16 PM, via SABC News

Congress of the People (COPE) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) members who supported former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa when he was handing himself over to the North End Prison on Thursday to begin his two year prison sentence.

Education

South Africa: Future of Universities Bound to Their Social Compact

Yesterday at 17:16 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] COVID-19 has shown that the future and relevance of universities worldwide is bound to their social compact – research and knowledge that serves society – and their resilience. Their adaptability and agility in the face of the pandemic and lockdown saw many changing in ways unimaginable just months ago, said Professor Stephen Toope.

Education

What’s Your Advice for Virtual Learning?

Yesterday at 17:15 PM, via New York Times

Teachers, we’d love to hear from you. How are you keeping your classroom up and running — even over video chat?

Lifestyle

Defying protests and poverty, Haitians get creative to wed in style

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via SABC News

As anti-government protesters in Haiti’s capital blocked principal roads and clashed with police last year, Stanley Joseph and Daphne Gerard used the city’s winding and potholed backroads to make it to church for their wedding, decked out in all their finery.

Entertainment

Donovan Goliath takes on the news

Yesterday at 19:22 PM, via The Citizen

Goliath chats to the Citizen about his new role on The Lite Show; a show focused on wrapping up the weekly headlines in a witty way, giving South Africans the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest news while enjoying a good laugh.

Entertainment

TIFF 2020 kicks off a strange start to the Oscars race

Yesterday at 18:28 PM, via CNN

The Toronto International Film Festival, of seemingly endless sprawl, had its wings clipped this year. Instead of the thousands of titles bulging at the program’s seams, there was a svelte 50 or so. Blame the pandemic. Release schedules have been rejigged, some films will wait for 2021; Netflix bolted when award bodies overhauled qualification rules. Still, Toronto’s trim selection brought...

Science/Tech

How to cancel your TV licence

Today at 07:00 AM, via MyBroadband

Here is who can be exempted from paying a TV licence – and how to cancel.

Science/Tech

Space oddity: Australia launches 35kg commercial rocket into atmosphere

Today at 06:37 AM, via The Guardian

Dart rocket, which is just 3.4m long, is part of Australia’s $7bn investment in space technologies

A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time.

The Dart rocket, carrying an air force radio prototype, was launched from the Koonibba rocket range in South Australia on Saturday.

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Science/Tech

Victoria reports 21 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths as Brett Sutton apologises to Afghan community

Today at 05:32 AM, via The Guardian

State’s chief health officer says it was ‘inappropriate’ to single out migrant community in Casey

Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, has apologised for comments he made singling out Melbourne’s Afghan community in relation to a Covid-19 outbreak in Casey.

Sutton made the apology as the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced 21 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths in...

Health

Tracking Covid-19 Live Updates: Global Coverage

Yesterday at 20:29 PM, via New York Times

Israel becomes one of the few countries to impose a second nationwide lockdown. In the U.S., Joe Biden tries to focus the campaign on President Trump’s virus performance.