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Pistorius found guilty of one gun charge PRETORIA: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligently handling a gun in restaurant, but acquitted him on two other firearm charges.In the state's first victory after the shock dismissal of murder charges against the star athlete, the judge said Pistorius was guilty of recklessly discharging a firearm in a packed Johannesburg restaurant.Pistorius was accused of asking to see a gun in Tasha's restaurant and while handling it under the table the firearm went off."He may not have intentionally pulled the trigger... that does not absolve him of the crime of negligently handling a firearm," said Masipa.Pistorius, who had remained emotionless the whole morning, started clenching his jaw during the ruling.Masipa had however cleared Pistorius on charges of illegally possessing ammunition, which the sprinter said belonged to his father. She also said there was not enough evidence to suggest he was guilty of another count ...

Cuba to send 165 health workers to fight Ebola in Africa GENEVA: Cuba is to send 165 healthcare workers to West Africa to help in the battle against the world's worst ever epidemic of the Ebola virus, the country's health minister said on Friday.Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Cuba's minister of public health, said the first of his workers would begin arriving in Sierra Leone in early October.Some 2,300 people in West ...
Pistorius arrives in court for second day of verdict  PRETORIA: Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face judgement for culpable homicide, a verdict that will decide if he walks free after his shock murder acquittal.Surrounded by bodyguards, the sprinter pushed his way through the throng of media to get inside the Pretoria High Court, for what is expected to be the final day of judgement in his trial for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013.Copyright AFP ...
Cleared of murder, Pistorius faces homicide verdict PRETORIA: Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius faces judgement on a charge of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murdering his model girlfriend in a shock decision that legal experts described as too lenient.In a globally-broadcast live television verdict, Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday found the double amputee "Blade Runner" not guilty of deliberately killing 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp."The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Masipa ...
Judge says Pistorius made 'conscious decision' to shoot PRETORIA: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday said Oscar Pistorius "took a conscious decision" to arm himself and shoot when he killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year."The accused clearly wanted to use the firearm," said Masipa, reading out her lengthy verdict, but said the intention to shoot does not necessarily include the intention to kill.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Gates Foundation gives $50mn to fight Ebola ISLAMABAD: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it would provide $50 million to support emergency efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.According to a statement released on the foundation's website, the funds will be provided to United Nations organizations, including the World Health Organization, and other international organizations involved in the fight against Ebola, allowing them to buy necessary supplies, Anadolu News Agency Reported."In addition, the foundation will work with ...
Guinean who brought Ebola to Senegal recovers from virus DAKAR: The first case of the Ebola virus detected in Senegal, a 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month, has recovered from the deadly disease, a senior official said on Wednesday. "We did a first blood test on Friday and a second 48 hours later and both of them came back negative," Papa Amadou Diack, Senegal's director of health, told Reuters. "This is very good news for the patient and for the country." ...


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