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Your World This Past Week

A Weekly Update of news that surfaced on various newswires around the world

MONDAY

Cape Town sadly lost one of its most outstanding scholars and writers over the weekend with the passing of Sheikh Abduragiem Salie.

Sheikh Salie followed the tradition of the AL Azhar University in Egypt with his academic books to supplement the teachings of the Sheikhs over the past century

Under his leadership in the Majlisush Shura Al Islami a Muslim consultative body, took a firm stand against Shiasm didn’t allow Shiasm to take hold in Cape Town’s mosque.

He then went on to write books the proceeds which was used to build a headquarters in Newfields.

After his death his substantial Fiqh contributions Insha Allah will serve the community forever.

Sheikh Salie also showed great concern about the orphans and needy.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his country is capable of confronting any external attack.

His comments came a day after his US counterpart Barack Obama called for military action against him.

The statement came a day after Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack unilaterally, instead saying he would consult the US Congress before any such action.

Syrian state television quoted Assad as saying Syria is capable of confronting any external aggression.

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Syria has asked the UN to prevent any aggression against itself following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military.

The Syrian state news agency SANA said that Syria’s envoy to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, called on “the UN secretary-general to shoulder his responsibilities for preventing any aggression on Syria and push forward to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Jaafari said the US should play its role, as a peace sponsor and as a partner to Russia in the preparation for the international conference on Syria and not as a state that uses force against whoever opposes its policies.

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President Jacob Zuma said the role of the United Nations in Syria must be respected.

Speaking at the59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Sandton, Zuma said the task of the UN will be respected as the only authority that can intervene militarily in any country.

Zuma said it was the role of parliaments and legislatures around the world to promote peace and security.

The president also called for peace in Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Road Traffic Infringement Agency spokesman Mthunzi Mbungwana said the proposal to scrap AARTO is not a consideration, adding that It is the government’s duty to enforce laws and protect citizens’ lives.

He was responding to calls by opposition parties and several road traffic safety organisations on government to scrap the system plagued by administrative problems.

According to a report handed to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters earlier this year, Aarto fines amounting to R2 billion had not been collected during the past two financial years.

Aarto, which stipulates that penalty points should be imposed for certain offences and that motorists who repeatedly incur traffic violations should have their licences suspended, has thus far only been partially introduced in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

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A planned strike by the National Union of Metalworkers in the motor industry had been put on hold.

When the employer bodies heard of the intention to strike, they expressed a willingness to further negotiate.

If talks fell flat, 72 000 petrol attendants and motor industry employees would down tools on September 9.

Among other things, the union was demanding a R30 per hour increase across the board on actual rates of pay in all sectors and divisions for workers earning above R6 000 per month by 2016.

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Former President Nelson Mandela spent his first night back at his Houghton home after being discharged from hospital yesterday.

The Presidency confirmed that Madiba was finally going home after spending nearly three months at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection.

But despite being discharged, the presidency said Madiba’s condition still remains serious and unstable at times and the possibility that he may be readmitted hasn’t been ruled out.

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Egyptian state media repored that Ousted president Mohamed Morsi was to stand trial for incitement to murder.

No date for the proceedings were given.

The state news agency said that prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, referred Morsi and 14 other Brotherhood members to a Cairo criminal court on charges of committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery.

Morsi is also being investigated over his escape from jail during the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi was overthrown by the army on July 3, just a year into his four-year term, following mass protests against his rule.

Since then, the authorities have mounted a fierce crackdown against his Muslim Brotherhood, rounding up most of its top leaders.

The security forces have also killed hundreds of Morsi supporters during protests since his downfall.

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A gang was terrorising worshippers who attended outside church services in fields in Soweto.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said they have so far had three cases reported about attacks on the worshippers.

The gang, armed with knives and firearms, takes money and cellphones while people are praying.

Cases have been reported in Orlando, Meadowlands and Dobsonville.

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A woman from Thabong, in the Free State, has appeared in court on charges relating to possession of a gold bar.

The 50-year-old appeared in Welkom Magistrate’s Court after the gold bar was found at her home.

The gold bar was sent for tests to determine whether it was authentic.

The estimated value of an authentic the seven kilogram gold bar would be around R3 million.

According a report, a piece of the gold bar had been cut off and was allegedly used to buy luxuries and attract potential buyers.

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Taliban fighters wearing special forces uniforms attacked a car park for NATO vehicles near a US military base in an Afghan province bordering Pakistan.

More than 30 vehicles stationed at the base before heading to Pakistan were torched or damaged as a result of the attack, NATO confirmed “a series of explosions” but said none of its personnel were killed.

The latest attack came a week after the Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan, where he discussed the peace process including the release of a high-level Afghan Taliban members in custody.

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Philippine divers recovered more dead bodies from a ferry that sank after colliding with a cargo ship, raising the death toll from the incident to 108.

The St Thomas Aquinas was passing through a narrow sealane on its way to the port of Cebu when it was hit by the freighter on August 16.

The ferry quickly sank and now lies on the seabed about 30 metres underwater, while the cargo vessel remained afloat despite sustaining damage.

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According to reports, a woman in eastern China murdered her husband and boiled the corpse to cover her tracks after he abused her and her daughter.

Anhui News reported that the woman drugged the man and tortured him for three days in June by withholding food and water and beating him, causing his death.

She then dismembered the corpse with a saw and boiled the parts in a pressure cooker to hide the evidence.

The psychological burden of the crime proved too much for her to bear, causing her to turn herself into police.

TUESDAY

Around 80,000 workers began a strike in the gold mining sector as the National Union of Mineworkers begins its strike for higher wages.

The industrial action followed unsuccessful talks between the union and the Chamber of Mines at the CCMA, where the employers’ final offer of just over 6 percent was tabled.

The NUM demanded upwards of 60 percent.

Gold companies were expected to lose millions of Rands per day as a result of the strike which could last for at least three weeks.

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Cosatu was served with legal papers challenging the suspension of its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

National Union of Metalworkers of SA general secretary Irvin Jim confirmed that the Food and Allied Workers’ Unionand SA Football Players’ Union were co-applicants to Numsa’s court application.

He said they wanted the Congress of SA Trade Unions to cancel and uplift the unconstitutional and unprecedented suspension of Vavi.

Jim said the sequence of events since the 11th National Congress of Cosatu held in September 2012 shows a clear agenda to have the democratically elected Cosatu general secretary removed.

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Two Chinese women were in critical condition in hospital after robbers poured petrol over them and set them alight in Mahikeng on Sunday.

Five men were believed to have arrived at a fruit and vegetable store in Mahikeng, and allegedly told everyone to lie down and then robbed them of their belongings.

Reasons for burning the two were unclear

The attack followed on the heels of an attack last week by a group of gun-wielding bogus cops on two businessmen at Bruma Lake, Joburg, raising suspicions that xenophobia was involved.

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The UN refugee agency says more than two million Syrians have now fled their war-ravaged country,

In a statement the UNHCR said Syria is hemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs.

They pointed out that on 3 September 2012, it had registered just over 230 000 Syrian refugees.

According to UN figures In addition to the two million Syrians living as refugees, some 4.25 million people have been displaced within the devastated country since the conflict began in March 2011,.

A staggering 6.2 million Syrians have thus been torn from their homes – a number representing nearly a third of Syria’s pre-war population of 20.8 million.

In the past 12 months, almost 1.8 million people have flooded out of Syria, and an average of 5 000 continue to cross into neighbouring countries each day.

On 23 August, the number of Syrian children living as refugees topped one million.

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South African photojournalist and cameraman Adil Bradlow was reunited with his family, after he and three of his colleagues were taken into custody in Cairo last week

The four were on assignment for international news network Al Jazeera.

They reportedly got into trouble for filming in Egypt without accreditation.

He said they were caught up in a big sweep the army is doing right now-just rounding everyone up left right and centre.

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The board and staff of BDS South Africa distanced themselves from any incitement to violence and racism including anti-Semitism and Zionism.

The South African protest song “idubula” was adapted to “idubula ijuda” and sung by some protesters at a recent protest at Wits University against the performance of an Israeli musician at an event hosted by local supporters of Israel.

BDS activist Professor Fareed Essak said the purpose and context of the protest were and remain the larger struggle against Israeli apartheid, Israel’s illegal Occupation and its violation of Palestinian rights.

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The head of the Arab League said military intervention in Syria is not an option .

Following emergency meetings in Cairo, secretary general, Nabil Elaraby, said the League held the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad responsible for the August 21 attack, but a military option is out of the question.

He said that the United Nations inspectors who had investigated the attack site do not have the powers to say who committed this, so all the inspectors will say is that chemical weapons have been used.

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A Cairo court ordered that a pro Islamic television channel be closed permanently, accusing it of attempting to disrupt the unity of Egypt.

The broadcaster, Al-Hafez, was ordered shut after accusations that it was inciting hatred against Coptic Christians and undermining national unity.

Al-Hafez and some of its presenters have often been accused by Copts and liberals of using harsh language about them in its reports.

The channel was among several other Muslim networks to be taken temporarily off the air soon after the July 3 ouster of former president Mohammed Mursi by the military.

The court’s decision comes a day after Egypt expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television’s English-language channel.

Al-Jazeera has charged that there is a campaign against it in Egypt as its offices have also been raided several times.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron mistakenly named India among countries which had concluded that Syrian regime forces were behind a chemical attack near Damascus.

New Delhi took note of the lapse during Cameron’s August 29 speech to lawmakers in London, in which he called for Britain to join military action against Syria after the attack near Damascus.

India has expressed concern about the worsening violence in Syria, but has pressed for any action against the Assad regime to be authorised through the United Nations.

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Russia announced that its missile early warning system detected the launch of two missiles from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea, fired towards the sea’s eastern coastline.

Israel initiallydenied knowledge of the missile launch, but soon after said in a statement that it carried out one joint missile test with the US

An official from the Israeli Defence Ministry later confirmed that both Israel and the US carried a joint missile test in the Mediteranean today.

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Egyptian helicopter gunships have fired rockets at armed groups based in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula.

At least 15 people were injured in the attack, and according to a security official, at least eight people were killed.

Attacks on security personnel have surged in Sinai after the toppling of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Also in Sinai, army commandos arrested two members of a group, known as the Mujahideen Shura Council, that had in the past fired rockets at Israel.

Security forces have a long list of wanted men who are believed to be concentrated along the border area with the Gaza Strip and Israel and in the central Sinai Mountains.

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President Jacob Zuma A total of 2638 officials were found guilty of misconduct between September 2004 and August 31 this year.

Through the national anti-corruption hotline 17,110 cases of alleged corruption had been generated.

He said the successful investigation of cases has resulted in the recovery of R330 million from perpetrators since the inception of the national anti-corruption hotline.

Zuma thanked the public for its contribution to promoting clean governance.

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An Egyptian military court sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for what it called violence targeting the army in the port city of Suez last month.

Forty-five other Brotherhood members were handed five-year jail terms, and eight defendants were acquitted.

The men were accused of shooting and adopting violent means against the army in Suez on August 14 following a military crackdown in the streets of Cairo against supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi belonged to the Brotherhood movement.

The movement then won a series of elections culminating in last year’s presidential vote.

The military deposed Morsi on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

Since then, most of the Brotherhood’s top leadership has been arrested and face charges of inciting violence.

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A spate of car bombs in mostly-Shia neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital killed at least 50 people and wounded almost 80.

The bombings struck across Baghdad and left dozens of others wounded.

The latest blast falls in line with a trend of increased attacks in the evening as Iraqis visit cafes and other public areas.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Meanwhile, gunmen stormed the house of a Sunni, pro-government armed group member in southern Baghdad and beheaded him, along with his wife and three children.

According to figures provided by UN officials based in Iraq More than 4,000 people have been killed over the past five months alone, including more than 800 in August.

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WEDNESDAY

The National Union of Mineworkers said it offered to lower its wage increase demands to gold companies.

This raised hopes of a possible compromise that could limit the duration of a strike that has already hit producers.

NUM, which represents two-thirds of miners in the gold sector, had been seeking wage increases of up to 60%, while gold producers had been offering 6.5%.

A day earlierPresident Jacob Zuma had appealed to gold companies and unions to try to avert a strike.

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The ANC said it was convinced that a fire at its Johannesburg headquarters night was a malicious act.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said a bottle filled with chemicals was strategically placed under the couch at reception

A couch caught fire as the bottle exploded.

He said the chemicals that filled the bottle left fumes that were still lingering in the building.

Mthembu added that a bomb unit, police and other experts all confirmed that the attack was indeed an arson attempt.

The ruling party expressed disappointment at the act and said such actions did not have a place in a democratic nation.

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Afghan security forces arrested eight policemen for accidentally killing six children when firing a rocket into a river to catch fish.

The incident took place in the Doshi district of the northern province of Baghlan when policemen on the bank of a river fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the water.

The rocket went astray and hit a place where children were playing, killing six and wounding two others.

Eight police personnel accused of misusing government weapons that killed these children have been arrested and handed over to military prosecutors for investigation.

The children were aged between 10 and 14.

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Russian president, Vladimir Putin, warned the US against taking one-sided action in Syria.

However he also said that Russia “doesn’t exclude” the possibility of supporting a UN resolution authorising military strikes.

He said that such an endorsement would require “convincing” evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against citizens.

The Russian president also said the currently available evidence does not fulfil this criteria.

Putin compared the evidence presented by the US administration so far to false data used by that country to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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There were confirmed reports that Israeli forces surrounded the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem after it was reportedly stormed by Jewish groups.

Witnesses inside the mosque said that Israeli forces detained several Palestinian Muslim worshippers inside and were firing tear gas.

Witnesses also reported clashes between a Jewish group and Israeli forces near the mosque after it was stormed by a number of far-right Jews.

Israeli police closed all gates leading to the mosque and prevented worshipers under 50 from entering.

They also stopped dozens of buses in Jerusalem carrying Palestinian worshipers to the mosque and told them to turn around.

Ma’an news agency quoted Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of endowment and affairs at al-Aqsa Mosque, saying that clashes taken place around the mosque.

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A popular Indian spiritual leader, who has millions of followers in India and overseas, was arrested for raping a minor at his ashram.

Asaram Bapu was charged on August 21 with the rape and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in the western city of Jodhpur, but he evaded arrest for several days citing ill health and other reasons.

The alleged assault took place on August 15 when the girl, who was studying at a school owned by Asaram, was taken by her parents to the guru’s ashram near Jodhpur after she became ill.

The girl alleged he took her into his room and raped her, threatening to have his guards kill her family if she refused.

In his defence the guru said he was impotent and could not have committed the assault, however Medical tests found him to be capable of the rape.

Earlier this year he also sparked controversy when he said a gang rape and murder victim should share the blame for her assault

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The Chamber of Mines said most gold mines had been severely affected by the sector strike.

Gold producers’ representative spokeswoman Charmane Russell said less than 20 percent of the work force arrived for shifts at the affected mines since the strike action started the previous day.

According to an update posted on goldwagenegotiations.co.za, only six out of 23 listed mines were fully operational.

If a hundred percent of all mines aren’t in operation, that would potentially lose the producers R350 million and employees could lose R100 million in wages daily.

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Al Jazeera said that Egyptian authorities are deliberately jamming its satellite signals and forcing it to change frequencies so viewers can tune in.

The Qatar-based broadcaster was forced to change frequencies several times to allow viewers to continue to watch the network’s news and sport channels.

Independent experts pinpointed locations east and west of Cairo, and specifically identified military installations as the source of the satellite interference.

After the military takeover in Egypt on July 3, Al Jazeera became one of several media outlets that have come under increasing pressure.

Its offices have been raided a number of times and its journalists arrested.

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Gold producers Evander Gold and Village Main Reef reached agreement with the NUM and the United Association of SA.

The settlements reached by these companies are an 8% increase in basic wages for category four and five employees, including rock drill operators.

A 7.5% increase in basic wages for category six to eight employees, including miners, artisans, and officials.

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With the Mercy of Allah, South Africa and neighbouring countries have responded to the Syria: My Responsibility campaign in an unprecedented manner.

Organisers at Cii have been overwhelmed by the generosity people have demonstrated towards the plight of the Syrian refugees.

The Johannesburg container was three quarters full and two 20 foot containers in Durban have already been filled.

THURSDAY

The National Union of Mineworkers said it was willing to relax some of its demands after a strike for higher pay hit production at most of South Africa’s gold mines.

The stoppage began at the evening shift on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground.

The NUM, which represents two-thirds of the country’s gold mine workers, has already opened the prospect of a compromise,

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the gold producers had made some proposals during talks in a bid to reach a deal.

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Traffic was affected by power outages on the West Rand and parts of northern Johannesburg on, when traffic lights weren’t operational.

Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home was also plunged into darkness

Employees of Johannesburg City Power went on a strike a day earlier.

A couple of hundred workers downed tools late in the afternoon, saying they won’t work after hours

Spokesman Louis Pieterse said City Power was in the process of introducing shifts to its work rosters to improve service delivery.

He said this was because workers were sometimes needed to attend to outages after normal working hours.

The workers ware striking in their own capacities, and not under the auspices of a union.

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The UN promised that the Central African Republic would no longer be a forgotten crisis.

An estimated 1.6m people need humanitarian assistance after conflict between rebels and government forces displaced more than 200,000 people.

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The foreign relations committee of the US Senate approved a resolution authorising the use of force against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

The committee approved a resolution 10-7, with one senator voting “present”.

The vote by the panel clears the way for a vote on the resolution in the full Senate, likely next week.

The resolution would allow Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it does not exceed 90 days and involves no US troops on the ground for combat operations.

Obama had asked the US Congress to sanction his plan to launch military strikes against Assad in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb on August 21.

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World leaders from G20 met in St Petersburg, Russia, amid sharp differences over possible US military action against Syria.

The summit came hours after a US Senate panel voted to give President Barack Obama authority to use military force against Syria.

This was the first time lawmakers have voted to allow military action since the October 2002 votes authorising the invasion of Iraq.

Washington and, Russia, remain publicly at odds, as Obama tries to build his case for military action, saying he will continue to try to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin of the need for punitive strikes on President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons when the two meet in St Petersburg.

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In his first interview since taking office, Egypt’s interim president defended the military’s removal of former President Mohamed Morsi.

Adly Mansour told a state television channel that Egypt was moving towards democracy and that the country was sticking to a military-backed road map for transition after the July 3 coup.

Despite ongoing protests by anti-coup protesters, Mansour said Egypt’s interim government was charging ahead with a transition plan

Part of the plan was appointing a committee to review the constitution passed under Morsi.

A new version of that document would be put to a referendum within two months, and if passed, wouldopen the way for presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mansour defended the reinstatement of emergency laws in the meantime, and said that his government would not hold reconciliation talks with any individuals who had incited or participated in violence.

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City Power said that widespread power failures on the West Rand and in northern Johannesburg could take up to three days to resolve due to an unprotected strike.

In a statement it said they were currently experiencing power outages as a result of the strike, and have not been able to timeously attend to calls, resulting in a service backlog in these areas.

A few hundred City Power staff downed tools because they were unhappy about a new shift system the power distributor was implementing.

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Cabinet urged protesters and strikers to refrain from violence.

Following the executive’s meeting, acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams said the right to strike should be exercised in a non-violent manner.

Various economic sectors in South Africa, including the mining, construction, and vehicle sectors, were currently engaged in wage negotiations.

She said there is a responsibility on trade union leaders, employers, the state, and the security services to ensure that the law is upheld and that provocative actions are avoided.

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With the Syria My Responsibility campaign quickly drawing to a close, contributors were urged to hand in their goods to drop off points.

Many collections were being finalized and containers were reaching maximum capacity in light of the overwhelming support by South Africans and even surrounding countries.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said allegations that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month are a pretext by the West to attack the country.

Iran is Syria’s main regional ally warned Western powers against intervening in the country’s civil war, as the United States edged towards launching strikes against the Damascus regime.

Khamenei told members of the Assembly of Experts that The US is wrong about Syria, and it is certain they will suffer just like in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Separately, the chief of Iran’s elite Quds Force unit, Qassem Soleimani, said Tehran would back Syria until the end in the face of possible US-led military strikes.

Some analysts believe a wider goal of US President Barack Obama’s determination to launch strikes is to blunt Tehran’s growing regional influence and any consequent threat to Washington ally Israel.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters was registered as a political party with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

EFF leader Julius Malema said the registration of EFF was a historic moment and the beginning of real, radical, militant and a decisive political programme

The approval meant the party would contest the general elections in 2014, and according to Malema, will win.

Malema himself faces corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court for allegedly making nearly R4m from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000.

FRIDAY

Power was restored in Lawley and Lenasia South while other parts of Johannesburg could be left in the dark over the weekend.

City Power said it would take a maximum of two to three days to restore power to all affected areas.

The power supply to parts of the West Rand and northern Johannesburg was disrupted when a few hundred City Power staff downed tools on Wednesday afternoon.

It was believed that the striking workers had sabotaged the infrastructure causing the widespread blackouts, which impacted on traffic flow and affected some businesses’ operations.

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A truck hit four fully-laden taxis and a Volkswagen Golf on the corners of Fields Hill and Richmond roads in Pinetown.

Reports say the accident occurred when the brakes failed on the truck.

Twenty-seven people were killed in accident, 24 died on the scene and three others in hospital.

The driver of the truck that crashed into four minibus taxis and a car in Field’s Hill, Pinetown, was arrested.

He was charged with culpable homicide, and reckless and negligent driving.

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has warned motorists will feel the impact of its 300,000 member strike in the retail motor industry from Monday.

The strike will include petrol attendants from service stations.

Other industries which would be affected include fuel retailers, car component manufacturers, panel beating shops and fitment centres.

The motor industry strike was estimated to cost the industry R600 million per day in revenue

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Egypt’s government denied state media reports that it decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood.

A social solidarity ministry spokesman was quoted as saying it would revoke the Muslim group’s non-governmental organisation status within days.

However prime ministerial aide, Sherif Shawki, said the solidarity minister had not issued any decision.

Military authorities have launched a crackdown on the group since ousting President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July.

Dozens of senior Brotherhood figures, including its general guide Mohammed Badie, have been detained over allegations of inciting violence and murder.

Hundreds of people demanding Mr Morsi’s reinstatement, most of them Brotherhood members, have also been killed in clashes with security

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Thousands of Egyptians protesting against military rule took to the streets in several cities across the country.

Protesters flowed out of mosques after jummah prayers in Ismailiya, Suez, Assiut, Alexandria and the capital, Cairo, among other cities, waving Egyptian flags and chanting down with military rule.

Others held up pictures of toppled President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military on July 3 after mass protests.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called today protests for the people to protect the revolution, in reference to the uprising that ousted longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.

Protests have been getting smaller in recent weeks following bloodshed in mid-August that killed more than 1,000 people, most of them when security forces broke up pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo.

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Missiles fired by a suspected US drone aircraft have killed at least seven people in Pakistan’s Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border, local residents said.

In the early hours the morning, drones fired two missiles on a compound in the village of Dargah Mandi in North Waziristan, destroying the house and killing seven people.

Pakistani security officials said all those who were killed were so called “militants”.

Pakistan has been angered by reports of civilian casualties and what it sees as a violation of its sovereignty, and the United States has reduced their use in recent years.

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The head of Syria’s parliament has urged the US Congress to vote against military action targeting the Syrian regime.

State run SANA news agency quoted parliament chief Jihad al-Lahham as urging congress not to take reckless measures, saying they had the power to steer the United States from the path of war to that of diplomacy.

The message is intended to be sent to every member of the US Congress before they vote on a request from US President Barack Obama for authorisation to use military force against Syria.

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World leaders meeting for the final day of the G20 summit in Russia remain divided over military action in Syria.

A spokesman for the Russian presidency said a US military strike on Syria would “drive another nail into the coffin of international law”.

At the UN, the US ambassador accused Russia of holding the Security Council hostage by blocking resolutions.

Yusuf Alli – Cii News | 06 September 2013

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