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Steyn praises firefighters for saving Cape Town home AUCKLAND: South African spearhead Dale Steyn praised firefighters who saved his Cape Town mountain home from the devastating flames which have engulfed one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.Emergency rescue workers said several homes were destroyed in the wildfires while one firefighter was injured as the inferno raged through South Africa's spectacular Table Mountain.An estimated 3,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, according to local media, with helicopters dropping water bombs on to the flames as exhausted fire crew struggled to extinguish the huge blaze, which has been exacerbated by temperatures of over 40 degrees.Steyn, in New Zealand and Australia for the World Cup, said he received several calls warning that homes in Stonehurst would have to be evacuated."It wasn't easy. I was in Canberra and I left my phone on silent that night," said Steyn on Friday."I had like 80 messages or something and 30 missed calls. So ...

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts UNITED NATIONS: Libya urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, has asked the council's sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force."The leadership of the Libyan army has submitted specific requests for ...
Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak BRUSSELS: Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa will attend an international conference in Brussels Tuesday to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Conde of Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic, will be joined by top officials from around the world for the EU-backed meeting.The conference comes ...
Raging wildfires destroy homes in Cape Town, dozens evacuated CAPE TOWN: Four houses were destroyed and dozens of people evacuated from their homes on Cape Town's southern peninsula as wildfires whipped up by strong winds raged over nearby mountains on Monday, firefighters said.A massive firefighting operation has been launched, with helicopters water-bombing blazes threatening seaside villages from Muizenberg to Noordhoek, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said on Monday."Unfortunately, four homes have been destroyed, but we have 28 fire-fighting vehicles and 16 supporting vehicles on ...
Zimbabwe's Mugabe says wife not running the show HARARE: Zimbabwe's 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe has declared he is still in charge, dismissing speculation that his increasingly powerful wife Grace is now running the show.In an interview with the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) late Thursday, Mugabe said his wife's surprise rise to power in the ruling party did not mean she was now in charge of the party or state affairs.Grace Mugabe last year became the leader of the influential women's wing ...
Ugandan inflation rises in Feb on non-food prices KAMPALA: Uganda's inflation rose in February, inching higher on an increase in non-food prices, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.The statistics office said year-on-year inflation went up to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in January, driven by a rise in core inflation to 3.0 percent from with 2.7 percent.The bureau said the rise in core inflation - which excludes food, fuel, electricity and metered water - was attributed to rising prices of items ...
Nigeria's Buhari vows to 'lead from the front' against Boko Haram LONDON: Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday vowed to "lead from the front" in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country's forthcoming election.The former military ruler, who rejected descriptions of him as a "dictator", also argued against further delays to the election and said a free, fair and peaceful vote would boost democracy in Africa.The 72-year-old from the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition has been seen as neck-and-neck with President Goodluck ...


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