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Facebook says preferential data access was with user permission 19 December 2018, 11:34 AM

Facebook Inc says it did not give some companies access to people's data without their permission.

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City of Cape Town residents urged to be water-wise 19 December 2018, 7:21 AM

The City of Cape Town has urged residents and holiday-makers to remain water-wise over the festive period.

Huawei rejects Western security fears, says ‘no evidence’ 18 December 2018, 5:32 PM

Huawei defended its global ambitions and network security on Tuesday in the face of Western fears that the Chinese telecom giant could serve as a Trojan horse for Beijing's security apparatus.

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Blood stock for only three days: SANBS 18 December 2018, 12:35 PM

The South African National Blood Service says their current blood stock can only last them for the next three days.

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Sex workers say Tumblr curbs on explicit images leave them at risk 18 December 2018, 8:18 AM

Sex workers said they faced losing work or being forced to risk soliciting on the streets as Tumblr introduced curbs on sharing explicit imagery on Monday.

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Cango Wildlife Ranch welcomes baby animals 17 December 2018, 9:20 PM

Their breeding programme has been so successful, that conservationists from around the world sign up.

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Isimangaliso Wetland Park to dehorn rhinos against poaching 17 December 2018, 8:00 PM

In an effort to curb the scourge of rhino poaching, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park has dehorned its rhino population.  South Africa's first heritage site is also staving off mining requests from several major conglomerates.

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Ocean Mapping Expedition to reveal new scientific findings 17 December 2018, 3:54 PM

Researchers of the Ocean Mapping Expedition are expected to reveal new scientific findings on Tuesday, following an expedition organised by a Swiss, Geneva-based non-profit organization *Fondation Pacifique.

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Temperatures to soar in most parts of the country 17 December 2018, 6:29 AM

The South African Weather Service says temperatures across the country are expected to rise on Monday with extremely uncomfortable conditions in parts of the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

6.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Papua 16 December 2018, 1:46 PM

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Nations agree milestone rulebook for Paris climate treaty 16 December 2018, 6:56 AM

Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.

5G: a revolution not without risks 16 December 2018, 6:36 AM

5G stands for the fifth generation of mobile network technology, which should begin to be rolled out in 2020 in Asia and the United States.

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A 4400 year old tomb unveiled in Egypt 15 December 2018, 8:44 PM

Egypt unveiled a well preserved 4400 year old tomb decorated with hieroglyphs and statues south of Cairo on Saturday and officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months.

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Interception of communication applications decrease 15 December 2018, 6:15 PM

Applications for the lawful interception of communication have decreased by half for the last reporting cycle compared to the previous reporting one.

SA’s first solar powered desalination plant ready 15 December 2018, 1:46 PM

South Africa's first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents of Witsand near Riversdale in the Southern Cape.

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal 15 December 2018, 9:00 AM

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal.

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New problems for embattled Huawei in France and Germany 14 December 2018, 2:47 PM

Huawei faces fresh challenges in Europe after France’s Orange said it would not hire the Chinese firm to build its next-generation network and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom announced it would review its vendor strategy.

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Apple China to push software update to resolve Qualcomm case 14 December 2018, 7:58 AM

Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues.

Welbedacht dam turbidity delaying water purification 14 December 2018, 7:16 AM

The Mangaung Metro says there is high turbidity in the Welbedacht dam as a result of the recent rainfall experienced in the Caledon river catchment area.

SA launches App to track climate change response 13 December 2018, 9:35 PM

With just hours left for the 24th round of climate talks to end in Katowice Poland, some world leaders say the decision by other countries to backslide in the negotiations is nothing but immoral

S.Africa eyes green shoots in local cannabis industry 13 December 2018, 8:29 PM

South Africa on Thursday held its first cannabis industry exhibition since the constitutional court ruled private, personal cannabis use was legal, attracting scores of entrepreneurs and consumers.

Under-fire UNAIDS chief offers to resign in June 13 December 2018, 7:00 PM

Scandal-plagued UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe offered Thursday to resign in June, following an expert report that said his "defective leadership" had plunged the agency into crisis. 

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UNESCO helps create a love for science in Africa 13 December 2018, 11:36 AM

Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO Flavia Schlegel says UNESCO is contributing towards science to build peaceful and prosperous cooperations between countries.

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Ugandan affordable ultrasound startup wins battle for $25 000 13 December 2018, 6:23 AM

M-SCAN, a Ugandan company that makes portable ultrasound devices, has won the 'TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018' competition.

Government’s e-recruitment system launched 12 December 2018, 7:45 PM

It is all systems go for government's new recruitment drive as the Z83 job application form goes digital as from Wednesday. 

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Iranian missile launchers found in Yemen: UN 12 December 2018, 8:02 AM

Two launch units for anti-tank guided missiles recovered by a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen appear to have been manufactured in Iran during 2016 and 2017, according to a confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

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Uber’s dominant size may rob smaller Lyft of its IPO oxygen 11 December 2018, 5:36 PM

Uber Technologies Inc and smaller rival Lyft are driving side-by-side on the road to a stock market debut, and that may not bode well for Lyft as investors decide where to place their bets in the ride-hailing sector.

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Israel likely to allow medical cannabis exports 11 December 2018, 12:22 PM

Israel will likely allow exports of medical cannabis by the end of the year, a top lawmaker said, a move that would boost state coffers and slow the growing number of firms establishing farms abroad.

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NASA probe finds signs of water nearby Asteroid Bennu 11 December 2018, 8:19 AM

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said.

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NW communities warned of continuous decrease of damn levels 11 December 2018, 7:27 AM

The Water and Sanitation Department has warned communities affected by drought about the continued decrease of dam levels and possible reduction in water supply.