A chill must have gone down the spines of dissident journalists all over the world when the news about Jamal Khashoggi came out a week ago — that he had disappeared inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey and may have been killed and dismembered by Saudi government operatives. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad found it frightening and ominous. Like Khashoggi, the 42-year-old Alinejad is based in the United States, nominally beyond the reach of the regime that she relentlessly criticizes over her social media channels, in her recent book “The Wind In My Hair” and in her work for various outlets including the Voice of America Persian service.
Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed nine people there, Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said. He told BFMTV that the floods in the Aude region also killed four other people in other locations, left one person missing and seriously injured five others.
A teenager who was kidnapped during a farm robbery on Monday morning in Doringkloof near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape has been found and is receiving trauma counselling. Earlier on Monday the young girl, whose age was not disclosed by police, was kidnapped after an unknown number of suspects gained entry onto the farm, police said in a statement. The suspects also stole several items from the house before fleeing in two of the vehicles on the farm. "The young lady, who was found unharmed in one of the vehicles, is currently receiving trauma counselling," said police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni. "The second vehicle and several items have since been recovered." Tonjeni said that
Marcel Steyn, 20, was a "diligent student" who had a promising future, her brother Le Roux Steyn told the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday at the continuation of the so-called Krugersdorp Killers" trial. "My sister was a top achiever. She matriculated with six distinctions in her matric year ," Le Roux Steyn told the court. Marcel Steyn is the youngest of the five so-called "Krugersdorp Killers" on trial for allegedly committing 11 murders between 2012 and 2016. Marinda Steyn and her children Le Roux and Marcel Steyn, as well as Cecilia Steyn and Zak Valentine, were arrested in 2016 for various crimes around the Krugersdorp area. Former teacher Marinda Steyn was sentenced
South Africans should oppose bail for 19 people accused of the fatal attack at a KwaZulu-Natal Shia mosque and the placement of several explosive devices at Durban shopping centres. This was the view of Azad Seedat, the chairperson of the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam, where the attack, by three knife-wielding men in May this year, occurred. Abbas Essop died during the attack, while Imam Ali Nchiyane and caretaker Mohammed Ali survived. The mosque's library was also petrol bombed. Seedat made the comments on Monday, when the 19 people appeared in the Verulam Magistrate's Court. The media and the public have been barred from attending the hearing due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.
Air India on Friday grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body, officials said. The Boeing 737 suffered the damage as it left Trichy in southern India bound for Dubai. Officials at the airport in Tamil Nadu state 'observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall,' said an Air India statement. 'The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally. Air hostess breaks her legs after falling out of a plane in India A flight attendant fell out of an Air India plane while trying
German police detained a man who took a woman hostage at the train station in Cologne on Monday and said the suspect, who was seriously injured in the rescue operation, was probably a Syrian citizen. Germany is on high alert for militant attacks, almost two years after a Tunisian Islamist rammed a hijacked truck into a Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 11 people as well as the driver. "The suspect is under control," police in the western city of Cologne said on Twitter.
Major General Andre Lincoln, a policeman chosen by then-president Nelson Mandela to head an elite presidential investigative unit, has won an appeal in a civil case against the police minister in the Western Cape High Court. Lincoln confirmed on Monday that his appeal, which is related to at least 15 years of legal wrangling, had been successful. It is not yet clear how Lincoln now plans to proceed with the matter. The judgment found that Lincoln had not proved a malicious prosecution in terms of some of the charges, that of drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. However, it said in terms of the remaining charges, which he was previously charged with in a regional court, his claims
Sowetan SABC's soccer blackout likely to affect PSL games After a weekend in which the SABC blacked-out Bafana-Bafana's record win on its platforms, soccer fans could be up in arms as they may no longer be able to watch Premier Soccer League on the public broadcaster. Court order keeps trains on tracks The rail agency has been given a lifeline by the court after it rescinded a a notice to suspend its safety permit that would have seen millions of commuters stranded today. The Citizen NPA boss move hailed The legal fraternity and rule-of-law watchdog, Freedom Under Law have expressed excitement at the decision by President Ramaphosa to invite legal organisations to participate in the selection
Saudi Arabia has denied that. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, though he said Washington would be "punishing" itself if it halted military sales to Riyadh. "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations," the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted an unnamed official as saying.
Macedonian legislators will decide on Monday if the country will change its name from the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Northern Macedonia over two weeks after a referendum on the issue was marred by low turnout. The name change pushed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev would end a decades-long dispute with southern neighbour Greece and potentially open up the route to European Union and NATO membership for Macedonia. Zaev is looking to get two-thirds of the parliament behind the plan to amend the constitution. But for the change to happen, Zaev will need to garner support from members of the right-wing opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, which is against the name change. Currently, the ruling