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Khloe Kardashian confirms pregnancy
21 December 2017, 7:16 AM

US reality television star Khloe Kardashian has confirmed her pregnancy on social media with an Instagram post.

The reality star shared a photo of her bare baby bump on Wednesday as she posed with her basketball player boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.

Alongside the photo, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star heaped praise on her boyfriend of one year. Khloe also said having her first child would be her ‘greatest dream realized’.

She received 1 million likes in the first 15 minutes of the post and nearly 4.5 million likes in just three hours.

ANC did not discuss ways to implement free higher education
21 December 2017, 7:14 AM

Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) sub-committee on Education, Health and Technology Naledi Pandor says they did not discuss how they are going to implement, free higher education, as they had an assurance from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that the matter will be dealt with during his budget speech.

Pandor was speaking at a media briefing at Nasrec in Johannesburg. She says there is a strong call for government to implement free higher education for young people from poor and working class backgrounds.

“Also a very very strong call that government must speedily implement the free higher education for poor and working class background and to help middle class and see government implement from 2018. The conference said this is something they want to see government implement from 2018 and they welcomed the announcements that have been made by president Zuma.”

Pandor says the 54th ANC National Conference accepted the resolution that all schools must teach three languages to promote cohesion in the country. Pandor says the Basic Education Department must also intensify efforts to improve literacy and numeracy in all grades, especially at the foundation stage.

Meanwhile, sub-committee member Enver Surtie also addressed the media at Nasrec. He says the aim of the proposed Basic Education Laws Amendments Bill is not to take power away from School Governing Bodies.


North Korean soldier defects to South: Seoul
21 December 2017, 6:46 AM

A North Korean soldier escaped to the South on Thursday across the heavily-guarded Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, triggering gunfire on both sides of the tense border, in the second defection in successive months.

The “low-ranking” soldier was spotted by South Korean soldiers using surveillance equipment as he crossed the midwestern part of the land border in thick fog and made his way to a guard post, a spokesperson for Seoul’s defence ministry said.

There were no shots at the time, he said, but about 90 minutes later South Korean troops fired around 20 rounds from a K-3 machine gun to warn off Northern guards who approached the border apparently looking for their comrade.

Two bursts of gunfire were later heard in the North, the spokesman said, but there were no indications of any bullets crossing the border.

The incident came a month after a rare and dramatic defection by a Northern soldier under a hail of bullets from his own side at Panmunjom, the truce village where opposing forces confront each other across a concrete dividing line.

On that occasion the defector drove to the heavily-guarded border at speed and ran across the border as North Korean troops fired at him. He was hit at least four times.

Footage showed the badly injured man being pulled to safety by two South Korean soldiers who crawled to reach him just south of the demarcation line.

He has since been recovering in hospital in the South.

Away from Panmunjom, the rest of the 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) -wide DMZ bristles with barbed wire and is littered with minefields, making any crossing extremely hazardous.

Thursday’s defection was the fourth by a soldier across the DMZ this year.

Two North Korean civilians also defected this week after being found drifting in a rickety engineless boat off the South’s eastern coast, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North.

They were spotted by a South Korean surveillance aircraft and picked up by a nearby navy vessel, it said.

The developments bring this year’s total for the number of people defecting directly to the South to 15, a Joint Chiefs of Staff tally showed — three times as many as in 2016.

Around 30,000 North Koreans have fled repression and poverty in their homeland to reach the South over the decades since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, with 1,418 doing so last year according to Unification Ministry data.

The vast majority go first to China, with which the North shares a long border, and where they face the risk of being repatriated to an uncertain fate if caught. They travel on to the South later, usually via another country.

In November’s Panmunjom incident, footage showed a North Korean guard briefly crossing the border in hot pursuit before retreating.

The US-led United Nations Command said the North’s forces had violated the 1953 ceasefire that ended Korean War hostilities both by physically crossing the line and firing weapons over it.

The North Korean soldier, 24-year-old Oh Chong-Song, underwent multiple operations for his gunshot wounds at Ajou University Hospital in Seoul and was transferred to a military hospital last week, Yonhap said.

He has recovered enough to get to his feet and walk with help, it added, and has written a letter of thanks to the medical staff who treated him.

Oh wants to become a lawyer, said his surgeon Lee Cook-Jong, who gave him a law book.

“He said while in the North, he was unable to study much because of his military duty,” Lee was quoted as saying. “I just hope he will become a good citizen, whatever kind of occupation he chooses.”

Ramaphosa vows to fight corruption
21 December 2017, 6:26 AM

Newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to fight rampant corruption and revitalize the economy, a message that foreign investors have hailed.

He was delivering his maiden speech as head of the ANC at the close of the party’s 54th national elective conference in Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa says the conference has resolved that corruption must be fought with the same intensity and purpose that is being used to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality.

He also says the ANC must act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within its ranks.

“We are called upon to act against corruption, collusion and other economic crimes prevalent in both the public sector as well as the private sector. We are also called upon to investigate the so-called accounting irregularities that caused turmoil in the markets and wiped out billions and billions of rand from ordinary South Africans.”

Ramaphosa also acknowledged the governing party’s plans to seize land without compensation but adds that it must not compromise the country’s economy and food security. Ramaphosa says the issue of land has caused a great deal of pain among South Africans.


Veterans to return to Proteas’ squad
19 December 2017, 12:28 PM

Three veterans will return to the South African squad for the Proteas’ first ever day/night cricket test starting on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth.

The match is also the first four-day Test for about 60 years.

A.B. de Villiers will return to Test cricket after an almost two-year absence.

His last test match was against England at Super-Sport Park in January 2016. Joining De Villiers in the Test squad are fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander who have both recovered from injuries.




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