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Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa’s ostrich capital

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Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa’s ostrich capital

- JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the “ostrich capital of the world.” Not so much anymore. Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have stopped offering ostrich rides to tourists, responding to concerns from European clients and others about the birds’ welfare. A third farm is sticking with the feature, saying its regulations include tourist weight restrictions and that an ostrich does not experience discomfort while trotting with someone on its back for 10 seconds or so

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The Hurricanes go deep into the well to beat Bulls in Pretoria

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The Hurricanes go deep into the well to beat Bulls in Pretoria

- "The Bulls are an icon of South Africa rugby, they've had a poor season, but they threw everything emotionally, physically and technically and tactically at us and at the end of the day it was a gutsy win," Boyd. "It wasn't great technically and it's wasn't great tactically but we'll get a lot of positives out of the fact we had to go pretty deep in the well emotionally and did okay

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Rights groups condemn Ugandan inaction over killings

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Rights groups condemn Ugandan inaction over killings

- Kampala - Rights groups on Friday accused the Ugandan government of inaction over the deadly assault by security forces on a tribal king's palace six months ago, renewing their call for an independent probe. Human Rights Watch (HRW) Africa Director, Maria Burnett told reporters in Kampala that although the government had dedicated significant resources to investigating alleged crimes by civilians during the incident in November 2016, there was still no probe into killings by the security forces

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Tags: Crimes |  Murder Crimes | 
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NASA's Juno probe spots 'chaotic' storms on Jupiter

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NASA's Juno probe spots 'chaotic' storms on Jupiter

- Miami - An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers say on Thursday 25 May. These ovals, it turns out, are huge swirling storms, some of which measure up to 1,400 kilometers across. SEE: WATCH: Are these ghostly sounds recorded by NASA's Juno spacecraft real? A trove of data from the probe's initial encounters has shown unexpected features related to these huge brewing storms

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Poachers breach security and kill 2 rhinos at iMfolozi wildlife game pens

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Poachers breach security and kill 2 rhinos at iMfolozi wildlife game pens

- Durban - An attack by poachers at Zululand's flagship iMfolozi game reserve has left two white rhinos dead at the park's wildlife holding pens. This comes two weeks after the mid-May incident that saw nine rhino mowed down by poachers. According to a reliable source, both rhinos were shot at point-blank range with a high-calibre rifle. It is not yet clear how the intruders managed to breach security at the bomas, and evade detection, despite rumours that security guards had been threatened at gun-point

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Last-gasp drop takes Toulon into final

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Last-gasp drop takes Toulon into final

- Marseille - A drop goal from Anthony Belleau with the last kick of the game gave Toulon a come from behind 18-15 win over 14-man La Rochelle to reach the French Top 14 final on Friday. Toulon will face either defending champions Racing 92 or Clermont, who meet Saturday, in the final in Paris on June 4. "We had a good dynamic and prepared well," said Belleau who was only playing after first choice fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was injured

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SA director withdraws from Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival over human rights issues

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SA director withdraws from Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival over human rights issues

- Cape Town - A South African film director has pulled out of the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, citing Israel's human rights violations as his reason. GroundUp reports that John Trengove is a South African film director, whose movies include Hopeville and Inxeba. He is a past winner of the Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Directing in a TV Drama

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All not rosy for SA maize exports - expert

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All not rosy for SA maize exports - expert

- Cape Town - South Africa is facing stiff maize export competition, warns Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). "This is likely to be a challenging year for South Africa’s white maize producers due to lower global demand. Meanwhile, yellow maize could potentially see a better uptake in the global markets," says Sihlobo. He already raised concern in March this year, emphasising the need for South Africa’s maize industry to penetrate new maize export markets, particularly outside the continent

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Leopard population crashing in South Africa region

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Leopard population crashing in South Africa region

- Paris: The leopard population is crashing in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday. Illegal killing of leopards in the Soutpansberg Mountains has reduced their numbers by two-thirds in the last decade, the researchers reported in the Royal Society Open Science journal. “If things don’t change, we predict leopards will essentially disappear from the area by about 2020,” lead author Samual Williams, a conservation biologist at Durham University in England, told AFP

Valencia extends Man Utd stay

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Valencia extends Man Utd stay

- London - An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended on Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United's captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday's final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people

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Zari’s ex-hubby dies after suffering stroke

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Zari’s ex-hubby dies after suffering stroke

- Johannesburg. Zari’s ex-husband who is a Ugandan businessman based in South Africa Ivan Ssemwanga has died, it has been confirmed. The Rich Gang boss, who has been on life support at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria is said to have breathed his last in the early hours of Thursday morning. Ivan suffered a stroke two weeks ago that left him paralysed, efforts by specialists to save his life at the Pretoria health facility were futile

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Kvitova included in French Open draw

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Kvitova included in French Open draw

- Paris - Czech player Petra Kvitova was included in the draw for the French Open on Friday after recovering from being stabbed during a burglary at her home last December. Kvitova, who said this week she was set to play at Wimbledon where she has twice won the title, has not played competitively since the attack, which left her with serious injuries to her left playing hand

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Rights groups urge Uganda to back probe into deadly clashes

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Rights groups urge Uganda to back probe into deadly clashes

- Kampala - Dozens of human rights watchdogs and lawyers on Friday urged Uganda's government to allow an independent investigation into killings by security forces during violent clashes with a tribal kingdom last year that left over 100 dead. The coalition of 40 groups wants an investigation with international expertise into the confrontations between Ugandan forces and people loyal to the Rwenzururu kingdom

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I almost destroyed wrist at French Open - Nadal

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I almost destroyed wrist at French Open - Nadal

- Paris-Rafael Nadal admitted on Thursday that he almost "destroyed" his wrist at last year's French Open, as he relived the pain which forced him to abandon his pursuit of a 10th Roland Garros title. The Spanish star withdrew from the 2016 tournament with a left wrist injury on the eve of his third round match, going on to miss Wimbledon before returning for the Rio Olympics

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Pulane 'not impressed' by R20k food bill for 4 wives because 'hers' alone would be 10k

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Pulane 'not impressed' by R20k food bill for 4 wives because 'hers' alone would be 10k

- The socialite joined the masses when they made commentary on the latest Mzansi Magic polygamy-themed reality show uThando Nes'thembu. Pulane expressed how she thinks the stars of the show lead "boring" lives. The reality show had Twitter in a frenzy as it gave them front row seats into the lives of Musa Mseleku and his four wives. In the episode it was revealed that the families have a R20k grocery bill, the wives need permission to go out and have 5pm curfews

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Fast times in Sleepy Hollow

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Fast times in Sleepy Hollow

- Back in the foggy ruins of time we tried to play the guitar and sing Dylan songs. It was a lost cause, but the lyrics still sing in our hearts. Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me, I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to. Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me, In the jingle-jangle morning I'll come following you

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Bafana coach Baxter ropes in Manchester United scout to spy on Nigeria in France

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Bafana coach Baxter ropes in Manchester United scout to spy on Nigeria in France

- The scales are always tipped against Bafana when meeting Nigeria‚ who South Africa have never won against in a competitive match and only beaten them once in 12 games overall‚ 2-1 in the friendly Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park in 2004 in Baxter’s previous stint. Baxter’s first assignment on his return to the national team is a substantial one against the Super Eagles in Uyo on June 10‚ made more imposing by the Nigerians having assembled most of their squad in France‚ where they play friendlies against Corsica and Togo

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Zambia bars S.Africa opposition leader at airport

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Zambia bars S.Africa opposition leader at airport

- Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Zambian officials barred South Africa’s main opposition leader from entering the country Thursday, his party said, claiming he was blocked over his support for an imprisoned Zambian opposition leader. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane was en route to the Zambian capital Lusaka to attend the treason trial of Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, the DA said in a statement

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  • Reggae royalty Damian Marley plays in SA
    Reggae royalty Damian Marley plays in SA

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    Bob Marley's youngest son continues to keep his dad's music alive through creative collaborations and a brand new album, writes Tymon Smith When he died 36 years ago Robert Nesta "Tough Gong" Marley left behind not only a legacy of reggae music that has continued to inspire generations across the globe, but also 11 children, many of whom have continued to bring the music their father made into an international phenomenon to new generations all over the world

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  • All not rosy for SA maize exports - expert
    All not rosy for SA maize exports - expert

    , news24.com

    Cape Town - South Africa is facing stiff maize export competition, warns Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). "This is likely to be a challenging year for South Africa’s white maize producers due to lower global demand. Meanwhile, yellow maize could potentially see a better uptake in the global markets," says Sihlobo. He already raised concern in March this year, emphasising the need for South Africa’s maize industry to penetrate new maize export markets, particularly outside the continent

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  • Rights groups condemn Ugandan inaction over killings
    Rights groups condemn Ugandan inaction over killings

    , news24.com

    Kampala - Rights groups on Friday accused the Ugandan government of inaction over the deadly assault by security forces on a tribal king's palace six months ago, renewing their call for an independent probe. Human Rights Watch (HRW) Africa Director, Maria Burnett told reporters in Kampala that although the government had dedicated significant resources to investigating alleged crimes by civilians during the incident in November 2016, there was still no probe into killings by the security forces

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  • NASA's Juno probe spots 'chaotic' storms on Jupiter
    NASA's Juno probe spots 'chaotic' storms on Jupiter

    , news24.com

    Miami - An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers say on Thursday 25 May. These ovals, it turns out, are huge swirling storms, some of which measure up to 1,400 kilometers across. SEE: WATCH: Are these ghostly sounds recorded by NASA's Juno spacecraft real? A trove of data from the probe's initial encounters has shown unexpected features related to these huge brewing storms

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  • Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Libya
    Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Libya

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    EXCLUSIVE: Grace Mugabe's 'greatest concern' Harare - Leader of Zanu-PF women's wing and First Lady Grace Mugabe, could be elevated to the cabinet of her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in order to give her some political strength. Institute for Security Studies consultant Derek Matyszak told a seminar in Pretoria on Tuesday that Grace was concerned about her future after her husband is no longer president

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