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Murder rate in global violence hotspots plunges 40% in 15 years as policing improves

Murder rate in global violence hotspots plunges 40% in 15 years as policing improves

By Emma Glanfield

The murder rate in global violence hotspots has declined by more than 40 per cent in 15 years thanks to better policing and a lower tolerance for disruptive behaviour, experts have revealed.

Murders in England and Wales have dropped by eight per cent, in Scotland by 19 per cent and in Northern Ireland by a staggering 61 per cent, new figures show.

It means, the murder rate in…

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Man guilty of raping three boys

Man guilty of raping three boys

By Leila Samodien

Cape Town -

henriA 37-year-old man has been found guilty in the Western Cape High Court of raping three young boys.

He has been acquitted, however, on several charges, including attempted murder and one count of rape.

Enoch Bothata Lefuthane initially faced 15 charges in respect of incidents that took place between 2005 and 2012 in an area in the Eastern Cape, as well as in an area…

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‘Drug cop’ partner claims ignorance

‘Drug cop’ partner claims ignorance

By Natasha Prince

henriCape Town – A Grassy Park police constable has denied witnessing any of her fellow officer’s alleged drug deals.

Her partner, Ricardo Abrahams, was arrested after he allegedly arranged a tik deal with a man who turned out to be an undercover policeman. He faces several charges of corruption and dealing in drugs.

Giving evidence in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes…

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TB Joshua Lagos church collapse: South Africa rescuers in Nigeria

TB Joshua Lagos church collapse: South Africa rescuers in Nigeria

A South African rescue team has flown to Nigeria to help locate missing South Africans believed to have been inside a church hostel when it collapsed last week in Lagos.

The team will be able to sign death certificates and check that survivors are getting adequate treatment.

Of the 80 confirmed deaths, at least 67 were from South Africa.

They had gone to Nigeria to attend a gathering organised by…

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Top general says half of Iraqi army incapable of working with US against ISIS

Top general says half of Iraqi army incapable of working with US against ISIS

henriThe U.S. military’s top officer said Wednesday that almost half of Iraq’s army is incapable of working  against the Islamic State militant group, while the other half needs to be rebuilt with the help of U.S. advisers and military equipment.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey made the remarks to reporters while traveling to Paris to meet with his French counterpart to…

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Obama: US military to lead medical response to Ebola, now posing a global threat

Obama: US military to lead medical response to Ebola, now posing a global threat

henriPresident Obama said Tuesday the United States will launch a major, military-led response in West Africa to the deadly Ebola outbreak that has reached epidemic proportions and now poses “a potential threat to global security.”

Obama announced the stepped-up effort against the virus, which has killed at least 2,400 people in five West African countries, at the Centers for Disease Control and…

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EFF integrates extremist organisation PAGAD

EFF integrates extremist organisation PAGAD

henriWith the EFF’s growing support and PAGAD’s resurgence, it was only a question of time before one of them declared that my enemy’s enemy is my friend

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Western Cape have announced an aggressive campaign against drug cartels, integrating local extremist group PAGAD into their fold as part of a new initiative, named – rather unfortunately – UFAGAD,…

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Just practising! Pranksters set up spoof passport control checkpoint on Scottish border to ‘lighten’ the independence debate

Just practising! Pranksters set up spoof passport control checkpoint on Scottish border to ‘lighten’ the independence debate

By Jennifer Newton

With just days to go until Scotland goes to the polls in the independence referendum a ‘passport control centre’ has sprung up on the Scottish border.

Motorists driving past the ‘checkpoint’ at the border at Carter Bar, near Jedburgh, were shocked to see a barrier erected along with signs claiming to be from the ‘Scottish Border Agency’.

Underneath it read that the checkpoint…

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ANC Youth League foes in gun war

ANC Youth League foes in gun war

By BRENDAN ROANE AND MOLOKO MOLOTO

henriJohannesburg – Police were on Monday searching for former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) official Jacob Lebogo for allegedly shooting and injuring a political ally-turned-enemy Boy Mamabolo at a party in Limpopo on Sunday night.

This morning a police source told The Star that the former Limpopo ANCYL secretary shot the former ANCYL provincial leader in the chest at a…

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'White people all look the same'

‘White people all look the same’

henriJohannesburg – A security guard who could not identify any of the four people accused of beating former Royal Marine Brett Williams to death admitted in the Durban Regional Court that all white people look the same to him.

Baoto Ifomba made the admission when questioned by magistrate Trevor Levitt, presiding in the trial of four people accused of killing Brett Williams to death on the night of…

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