Australia’s ACT Brumbies will face runaway league leaders Wellington Hurricanes while defending champions NSW Waratahs have home advantage over the Otago Highlanders in next weekend’s Super Rugby semi-finals. The Brumbies, twice championship winners, ended South African hopes of claiming the southern hemisphere provincial title with a 39-19 win over the Western Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. It is the first time since 2003 that a South African side has missed out on the last four and five years since the last team from the republic, Northern Bulls, won the championship.
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N’Djamena (AFP) – Chad’s decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy. “Wearing the burqa must stop immediately from today,” Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet told religious leaders on Wednesday, after the twin bombings left 33 people dead and more than 100 others injured in the capital N’Djamena. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities blame Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, which has carried out many suicide bombings inside Nigeria in the …read more
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) – Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana’s capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month’s deadly floods. “What they have done is not good for us because this is where some of us work and take care of our families,” said scrap metal merchant Muhammed Abdul Karim as he surveyed the wreckage of his shack and the motorized tricycle he uses to haul iron. Flood control has become an urgent problem for President John …read more
New Zealand’s “Baby Blacks” won the world Under-20 title for the fifth time on Saturday with a 21-16 victory over defending champions England. It was New Zealand’s first triumph since 2011 after they had captured the first four editions from 2008 onwards. England, the double defending champions, had led 7-0 at one stage after centre Max Clark scored what turned out to be his side’s only try of the game.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson blitzed his way into his first Queen’s Club final with 34 aces in a 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 win over French seventh seed Gilles Simon, while Andy Murray’s last four clash was ruined by rain. Anderson’s lethal serve proved the decisive factor in a hard-fought semi-final at the Wimbledon warm-up event and the world number 17 will face either top seed Murray or Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in Sunday’s final in west London.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has revealed that practice sessions at the home of golf legend Jack Nicklaus inspired his run to the Queen’s Club final. Anderson reached the final of the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London thanks to a 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 victory over French seventh seed Gilles Simon on Saturday. The world number 17 battered Simon into submission with 34 aces, taking his tally for the tournament to 96.
The movie “I am Thalente” — a tale that rolls from the South African city of Durban to the skate parks of Los Angeles — scooped the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Directed by Natalie Johns, the film centers on the life of young Thalente (pronounced talent) Biyela, a charismatic teenager whose skateboarding skills have shaped his destiny. “I was planning to do a video to help him get some sponsors and when I listened to it, I was blown away by his philosophy of life and his positive attitude,” Johns told AFP …read more
Northern Mali is a vast desert region controlled by a patchwork of armed groups loyal to the government or opposed to it, with differing goals and shifting alliances. In 2012, the area was dominated by jihadist militants linked to Al-Qaeda who routed Malian army troops with help from Tuareg rebels, before shunting the Tuareg aside. An international military campaign then routed the Islamists from many areas but the Malian government still does not control much of its northern territory.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors.
A year after its establishment, the Islamic State group’s self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq remains well-funded and heavily armed, and experts say it could be around for years to come. The would-be state headed by IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — called Caliph Ibrahim by his followers — has suffered setbacks in the months since it was proclaimed. A US-led coalition is carrying out strikes against the group throughout its territory and this week it lost the key Syrian border town of Tal Abyad to Kurdish forces.