October 28, 2017 3:27 PM Tanzania deports three South Africans for 'promoting homosexuality'
NAIROBI: Tanzania has deported three South African lawyers arrested last week for "promoting homosexuality", their organisation said in a statement. The Initiative for Strategic Litigation (ISLA) in Africa said that the three had been "deported earlier this evening", in the statement dated Friday (Oct 27). The lawyers were amongst a group of 13 people 62
October 22, 2017 3:20 AM For some Chinese dissidents, 19th Party Congress means a paid 'vacation'
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Hu Jia, a well-known Chinese dissident who lives in Beijing, says he had hoped to go to the south-eastern city of Xiamen for his government-sponsored holiday, but state security officials said no. "They told me I had to go to a more isolated place this time," he told Reuters by phone from Yunnan province in far south-western China 41
October 18, 2017 4:25 AM Deaf in one ear, part-time piano teacher aims to get a diploma in 2018
SINGAPORE — For almost 20 years, she could not hear properly. And the first time she saw someone playing the piano at five years old, she could only “feel” the melody through the vibrations in the air. Against all odds, Ms Parvinderjeet Kaur pursued her love for music, so much so that next February, she is expected to attain her diploma in piano teaching 111
October 5, 2017 10:57 AM Toyota Crown concept heading to Tokyo
The Toyota Crown Concept heading to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. — Toyota handout pic via AFP-RelaxnewsTOKYO, Oct 5 — A new concept, which offers a clear glimpse of what to expect from the next generation Crown, due in 2018, is packed with semi-autonomous driver aids and cutting-edge connectivity. The Toyota Crown has been in production since 1955 and while 132
September 11, 2017 5:22 AM Art Harun dares PAS to prove negative impact of beer festivals
Prominent lawyer-activist Art Harun questions PAS after Islamist party leader says 'beer festival will threaten safety, cause free sex and rape'. PETALING JAYA: Activist-lawyer Azhar Harun says PAS should provide statistics and proof to back its argument that the annual craft beer festival in Malaysia will increase crime rates. “Has there been a study 39
August 4, 2017 3:27 PM Can Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma succeed her ex-husband as South Africa's president?
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is keen to hand over the reins of power to the mother of his children. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, 68 - a senior member of the governing African National Congress (ANC) - has been criss-crossing the country in recent months seeking a mandate to be its first woman president. Since returning from a five-year stint 46
July 24, 2017 8:16 AM Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs
A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave encouraging 81
July 24, 2017 8:16 AM Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission
LONDON, July 24: A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free. Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their lives to keep AIDS at bay. But this child, still 69
June 29, 2017 2:07 AM Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences
The Vatican treasurer and Australia's most senior Catholic figure Cardinal George Pell has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the Australian state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one person, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton. Cardinal Pell, who is based 42
June 5, 2017 12:51 PM Prince Harry rounds off Singapore visit with polo
Britain's Prince Harry rounded off a two-day visit to Singapore with a charity polo match Monday. Some 300 well-heeled guests and celebrities -- including Karen Gillan of "Doctor Who" and "Downton Abbey" star Joanne Froggatt -- watched the match at the historic Singapore Polo Club in aid of the prince's charity, Sentebale. The charity, founded in 2006 by Prince 58