Asia Argento: #MeToo figurehead denies sexual assault of minor

Image copyright AFP Image caption Asia Argento: “No sex with Bennett” Italian actress Asia Argento, a leader of the #MeToo movement, has strongly denied an allegation of sexual assault. Legal documents seen by the New York Times were reported to show she paid former co-star Jimmy Bennett $380,000 (£298,000) after he accused her of sexually […]

Aussie ref for Pumas v Boks in Mendoza

Cape Town – Australia’s Angus Gardner will referee Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test between Argentina and the Springboks in Mendoza (kick-off 21:10 SA time). New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe, who refereed last Saturday’s encounter between the sides in Durban, will be an assistant referee, alongside Ireland’s Andrew Brace. Another Irishman, Simon McDowell, will be the television match […]

5 things to know about former UN secretary-general

CLOSE Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. (Aug. 18) AP Pope John Paul II talks with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan during a visit to the Vatican, April […]

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremors shake Indonesian island

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 100 homes were severely damages in the latest quakes The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by two strong earthquakes, after weeks of tremors that have killed hundreds of people. A magnitude 6.3 quake killed one person and wrecked homes near the town of Belanting on Sunday. It […]

SA Post Office in hot water over R200m Postbank transfer

Mark Barnes, chief executive of the SA Post Office (Sapo), has been summoned by the telecommunications ministry for allegedly dipping into the coffers of its subsidiary, Postbank, and transferring R200m to Sapo to pay creditors. Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele has called Barnes, Post Office officials and the chairpersons of the two […]

Survivor, shaken, describes plunge in Genoa

Colleen Barry, Frances D’Emilio and Paolo Santalucia, The Associated Press Published 2:45 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2018 | Updated 8:54 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2018 CLOSE A witness to the collapse captured the aftermath when a heavy stretch of highway collapsed during a sudden storm in northwestern Italy. Police say about 10 vehicles were involved. […]

India monsoon floods ‘kill more than 300’ in Kerala

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHundreds of troops have been rescuing trapped residents in Kerala At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala in what local officials say is the worst flooding in 100 years. India’s monsoon season started in June, but the death […]

How AfriForum’s ‘expropriation list’ devastated two farmers

Afrikaner rights group AfriForum’s release of an unverified and disputed list that purports to denote farms targeted for expropriation without compensation, has led to millions of rands in possible losses for at least two farmers whose properties are named in the document. Louis Hauman, a cattle farmer north of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, told […]

Travel to Turkey is cheaper because of the currency crisis.

CLOSE Turkey’s central bank took action Monday to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the US. (Aug. 13) AP Topkapi Palace is one of Istanbul’s most popular attractions. It houses a […]

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook ‘still hosts hate speech’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters. A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being […]