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Journalist Received Death Threats after Zuma Secret Meeting Report

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Cape Town – Journalist Qaanitah Hunter has allegedly received death threats following the Sunday Times article she co-wrote with Jeff Wicks alleging that former president Jacob Zuma met with a number of his allies at a Durban hotel to plot the ouster of President Cyril Ramaphosa.


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According to Hunter, the death threats were made by ANC Women’s League secretary general Meokgo Matuba, and included a picture of a firearm.

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In a statement, Matuba accused the journalists of “peddling lies” and said Hunter was “becoming an embodiment of gutter journalism”. Matuba has denied any knowledge of the threats and claimed she shared the cellphone with many people.


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ANCYL KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo has denied being involved in the alleged plot to topple the current ANC leadership. The ruling party has labelled story titled “Exposed: Zuma plot to oust Cyril” as “sensational hot air”.

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The Cape Town Press Club has condemned the death threats levelled against Hunter.

“We will not simply stand aside when journalists are personally attacked and threatened, particularly by political leaders who ought to be setting an example,” the press club said in a statement on Monday.


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“While the club will not comment on the merits of the story, it does note that various ruling party structures, particularly the ANC Women’s League, immediately condemned the newspaper report, claiming that it was false and that the meeting did not take place. This was despite the publication of photographs and subsequent eyewitness accounts that Zuma and other prominent ANC members were in fact at the hotel as Hunter and Wicks had reported.”

The press club says the ANCWL’s actions raise serious questions about their commitment to a free press.

BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies

BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies

BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies

BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday.

Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two of his close associates said.

In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death with “immense sadness” after a short illness, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

Annan served two terms as UN Secretary-General in New York from 1997 to 2006 and retired in Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village in the nearby countryside.


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“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the UN. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the UN refugee agency, said in a statement.

As head of UN peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

“The UN can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied

The Nobel Laureate died after a brief illness.

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BREAKING: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies

UNIMAGINABLE!!! Baby Declared Dead By Doctors, See What Mum Discovered At Burial (See Photos)

UNIMAGINABLE!!! Baby Declared Dead By Doctors, See What Mum Discovered At Burial (See Photos)

UNIMAGINABLE!!! Baby Declared Dead By Doctors, See What Mum Discovered At Burial (See Photos)

UNIMAGINABLE!!! Baby Declared Dead By Doctors, See What Mum Discovered At Burial (See Photos)

The grieving mum of a baby who ‘died’ at seven months realized the tot was still alive at her funeral.

Keilin Johanna Ortiz Montoya was declared dead by doctors at a hospital in Villanueva, Honduras, on August 6.

She had been admitted three days earlier with convulsions, diarrhea, severe hydration and blistered skin caused by a bacterial infection.

Despite intensive treatment at the hospital’s pediatric unit, the baby ‘died’ and and a death certificate was reportedly issued.

UNIMAGINABLE!!! Baby Declared Dead By Doctors, See What Mum Discovered At Burial (See Photos)

Her tiny body was released to devastated mum Ivis Montoya, who took her baby home in her arms for a candlelight vigil.

After the gathering, Keilin was taken to a church in nearby Dos Caminos for a funeral.

Ivis said her daughter’s body was placed on a chair in the church because “we had no money for a coffin”.

It was at this point the mother noticed her daughter was still breathing.

Reluctant to return to the hospital that had declared her baby dead, she rushed to a local clinic.

Here, medical staff administered the baby with some medicine and a woman’s support group persuaded her to take the baby back to the paediatric unit.

Keilin was immediately taken to the intensive care unit where she is said to be in a serious condition.

The head of the hospital’s paediatric department, Elba Campos, has now said the incident is being investigated.

Rescuers Bring Eighth Person Out of Thai Cave on Second Day of Rescue

Rescuers Bring Eighth Person Out of Thai Cave on Second Day of Rescue

Rescuers Bring Eighth Person Out of Thai Cave on Second Day of Rescue

Rescuers Bring Eighth Person Out of Thai Cave on Second Day of Rescue

Rescue workers in Thailand brought out four people on Monday from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, apparently taking the total number rescued to eight.

A Reuters witness near the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai saw medical personnel carrying four people out of the cave to waiting ambulances over the course of the day.

The rescue operation was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day.

They were in good condition in hospital, officials said.

A fifth boy was brought out earlier on Monday, a navy official said, and three more were seen being brought out over subsequent hours.

Reuters could not confirm the identity of the three people brought out in the evening and the chief of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakorn, declined to comment, saying a news conference would be held later on Monday.

The “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex, on Monday last week.

The dangerous bid to rescue the boys, aged between 11 and 16, got going again hours earlier on Monday after a break to replenish oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave complex.

Authorities have said the mission could take three or four days to complete. It is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected in coming days, which would again dangerously flood the tunnels with fast flowing, and rising, water.

The rescue team went into the cave to resume the operation at 11 a.m. (0400 GMT), Narongsak told a news conference earlier, adding he expected good news.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit make up the main team guiding the boys to safety through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

Narongsak said that the “same multinational team” that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday.

He did not say how many boys the team hoped to bring out on Monday.

On Sunday, divers held the first four boys close to bring them out, and each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

Narongsak said rescuers had to tighten a guide rope as part of their preparations for the second phase of the rescue on Monday.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda told reporters the four boys rescued on Sunday were in good health in hospital but did not give details.

There was no word on the condition of any of the people brought out on Monday.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the first four boys rescued. Some of the boys’ parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.

Narongsak said the first four rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection.

“The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital. But they still need to be kept away from their parents and others due to fear about infection,” he said.

Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as “cave disease”, which is caused by bat and bird droppings.

 

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday’s operation the “strongest children” would be brought out first.

“We have not been told which child has been brought out … We can’t visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours,” Somboon told Reuters.

“I’m hoping for good news,” he said.

At least nine ambulances loaded with stretchers and blue oxygen tanks waited by the mouth of the cave on Monday. Soldiers, medics, engineers and volunteers in yellow shirts milled around but the mood was relaxed.

“I feel very happy, everybody is happy,” said Hnin Jaiwong, the mother of one of the trapped boys, 13-year-old Sompong Jaiwong.

“I don’t know if he is out, they didn’t tell us,” she said as she rested in a hut close to the mouth of the cave.

The cave complex is off-limits during the rainy season, which usually runs from May to October, when downpours can quickly flood it.

Relatives said the boys had been inside the labyrinthine complex during the dry season.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn international media attention.

The president of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.

(Reuters/NAN)

UN Migration Agency Rejects Trump Nominee

UN Migration Agency Rejects Trump Nominee

UN Migration Agency Rejects Trump Nominee

UN Migration Agency Rejects Trump Nominee

Member states of the United Nations migration agency on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s nominee for director general, repudiating historic American control of the organisation.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) had been led by an American throughout the agency’s 67-year history with one exception from 1961 to 1969.

But Trump’s pick Ken Isaacs, an executive with the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse who faced serious charges of anti-Muslim bigotry, proved to be an untenable choice.

Isaacs was eliminated after three rounds of voting, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the vote.

Portuguese politician and former commissioner EU Antonio Vitorino has emerged as the front-runner and will face off against and current IOM deputy chief Laura Thompson in the upcoming ballot.

Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity said that Vitorino’s bid has been helped by the European Union’s painstaking effort to forge a common response to migration challenges and the strategic advantage of having one of their own as the IOM chief.

– Trump rebuffed –

Trump’s hardline stance on migration — from the so-called Muslim ban to his “zero tolerance” policy on the southern US border that led to separating parents and children — undermined Washington’s traditional right to choose the world’s top migration official.

Trump’s “America First” administration has also levelled ferocious attacks against multilateral bodies and undermined IOM’s core global function — refugee resettlement.

Analysts had warned that voters might stick with Isaacs to avoid punishing US fundings cuts, but Trump’s posture on migration and Isaacs’s personal history appeared to sway the room.

Isaacs published numerous tweets describing Islam as an inherently violent religion, including one after the 2016 attack in the French city of Nice that said “Islam is not peaceful”.

He has also retweeted xenophobic material, such as a post last year from Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, which argued “peaceful Muslims” and “Jihadis” were indistinguishable.

The US nominee also refused to definitively recognise the causal link between human activity and climate change.

IOM has 172 member-states but only 143 were on hand to vote by secret ballot at the conference centre in Geneva.

The candidates are vying to replace veteran US diplomat William Lacy Swing, who held senior State Department and UN posts over a career spanning half a century.

(AFP)

Nude model's Western Wall Photo Shoot Sparks Anger

Nude model’s Western Wall Photo Shoot Sparks Anger

Nude model's Western Wall Photo Shoot Sparks Anger

Nude model’s Western Wall Photo Shoot Sparks Anger

A Belgian artist has faced a backlash in Israel after posing nude in front of one of Judaism’s most sacred sites.

Marisa Papen posted the image of herself reclining naked on a rooftop overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The rabbi of the site described the incident as “grave and lamentable”.

Last year, Ms Papen was briefly detained after taking naked photos at an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor.

On her website, the young model describes her way of life as “a naked form of freedom where masks are torn off and thrown in the ocean”. Many of her publicly posted images are nude modelling shots taken all over the world.

In a blog post on Saturday entitled “The Wall of Shame”, the model said her experiences in Egypt had made her want “to push the bounderies [sic] of religion and politics even further… [by] showing my personal religion in a world where freedom is becoming a very luxurious thing”.

 

A Belgian artist has faced a backlash in Israel after posing nude in front of one of Judaism's most sacred sites. Marisa Papen posted the image of herself reclining naked on a rooftop overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The rabbi of the site described the incident as "grave and lamentable". Last year, Ms Papen was briefly detained after taking naked photos at an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor. On her website, the young model describes her way of life as "a naked form of freedom where masks are torn off and thrown in the ocean". Many of her publicly posted images are nude modelling shots taken all over the world. ADVERTISEMENT In a blog post on Saturday entitled "The Wall of Shame", the model said her experiences in Egypt had made her want "to push the bounderies [sic] of religion and politics even further... [by] showing my personal religion in a world where freedom is becoming a very luxurious thing". Image copyrightROCHELLE BRODIN Image caption Marisa Papen has faced a backlash for her provocative images She said her three-day visit to Israel had coincided with the 70th anniversary of its founding, and the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May. Photos from the trip showed the model in the Dead Sea and straddling an Israeli flagpole. But the most provocative image was of Ms Papen posing naked in view of the Western Wall. It is a remnant from the time of the biblical second Jewish temple and the most sacred place where Jewish people can pray. Jewish religious authorities were quick to condemn the photograph. The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich, told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper: "This is an embarrassing incident, grave and lamentable, which offends the sanctity of the site and the feelings of those who visit the holy places." Responding to the controversy in a Facebook post on Thursday, Ms Papen wrote: "I am perplexed with the fact that people who believe a God created our bodies (yes, including boobs and our private parts) could think skin is offensive". Media captionRabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz explains why Jerusalem's Western Wall is so important to the Jewish faith Some of those commenting online accused Ms Papen of anti-Semitism and of deliberately excluding the Dome of the Rock and religious sites sacred to Muslims, just out of shot, to protect Muslim sensitivities. However, the model insisted that this was not the case. "It was just way better artistically," she told The Times of Israel. A separate photo from the shoot does in fact show Ms Papen naked, looking out at the Dome of the Rock. The model's trip to Egypt in September also sparked outrage, after she was photographed naked for a sunglasses advertising campaign from inside the conservative Muslim-majority country. Ms Papen did not have permission from the country's authorities to take the images, and she later said that she and her cameraman had to bribe a policeman who interrupted their shoot at the pyramids in Cairo. Describing the negative response of two passers-by, she said: "We tried to explain them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture, but they could not see a connection between nudity and art. In their eyes it was porn, or something like that." Their problems increased in a temple in the historic southern city of Luxor, where they were stopped by police and spent a night in an Egyptian prison before being released.

She said her three-day visit to Israel had coincided with the 70th anniversary of its founding, and the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May.

Photos from the trip showed the model in the Dead Sea and straddling an Israeli flagpole.

But the most provocative image was of Ms Papen posing naked in view of the Western Wall. It is a remnant from the time of the biblical second Jewish temple and the most sacred place where Jewish people can pray.

Jewish religious authorities were quick to condemn the photograph.

The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich, told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper: “This is an embarrassing incident, grave and lamentable, which offends the sanctity of the site and the feelings of those who visit the holy places.”

Responding to the controversy in a Facebook post on Thursday, Ms Papen wrote: “I am perplexed with the fact that people who believe a God created our bodies (yes, including boobs and our private parts) could think skin is offensive”.

Media captionRabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz explains why Jerusalem’s Western Wall is so important to the Jewish faith
Some of those commenting online accused Ms Papen of anti-Semitism and of deliberately excluding the Dome of the Rock and religious sites sacred to Muslims, just out of shot, to protect Muslim sensitivities.

However, the model insisted that this was not the case. “It was just way better artistically,” she told The Times of Israel.

A separate photo from the shoot does in fact show Ms Papen naked, looking out at the Dome of the Rock.

The model’s trip to Egypt in September also sparked outrage, after she was photographed naked for a sunglasses advertising campaign from inside the conservative Muslim-majority country.

Ms Papen did not have permission from the country’s authorities to take the images, and she later said that she and her cameraman had to bribe a policeman who interrupted their shoot at the pyramids in Cairo.

Describing the negative response of two passers-by, she said: “We tried to explain them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture, but they could not see a connection between nudity and art. In their eyes it was porn, or something like that.”

Their problems increased in a temple in the historic southern city of Luxor, where they were stopped by police and spent a night in an Egyptian prison before being released.

Source: BBC News