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February 22, 2018

Ex-student confesses to killing 17 in Florida school shooting

A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed on Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him.

As Americans reeled from the country’s worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President Donald Trump suggested the root cause of the violence was a crisis of mental health – and defied calls to address gun control.

Terrified students hid in closets and under desks on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, texting for help as the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, stalked the school with a [...]

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February 21, 2018

Fugitive Ajay Gupta still in the country

Ajay Gupta, who has officially been named a fugitive by the Hawks, is still on run — with the help of a security company.

Speaking in an interview with PowerFM on Friday morning, Hawk’s spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that they know Ajay Gupta is still in the country and they also know the security company protecting him. The Hawks is set to engage with the company.

Mulaudzi said: “Those protecting him must know they are protecting a wanted suspect. They will be charged with aiding and abetting a suspect.”

Muladuzi also revealed that another director of a Gupta company is facing imminent arrest.

Officials at OR Tambo International Airport [...]

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February 15, 2018

Steinhoff scandal cost Government Employees Fund R20bn

The Government Employees Pension Fund (Gepf) lost about R20billion from the collapse of Steinhoff’s share price after the group admitted accounting irregularities.

This emerged from the hearings in Parliament yesterday when the Steinhoff supervisory board appeared before three parliamentary committees -the standing committees on finance, public accounts and public service and administration.

The Gepf said its Steinhoff shares were worth R24.1bn on November 30 last year but worth only R3.1bn on January 18 this year.

The Gepf holds 392million Steinhoff shares, about 9.1percent of all the group’s shares.

Senior National Treasury official Ismail Momoniat said [...]

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February 15, 2018

Russia launches 11 space satellites ‘without glitch’

The second liftoff from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome ended in failure last November when officials lost contact with a weather satellite hours after its launch.

Russia on Thursday successfully launched 11 satellites from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in the third rocket liftoff from the new spaceport, the space agency said.

The country’s first orbital launch of 2018 came after a similar liftoff from the cosmodrome in eastern Russia ended in embarrassment, with officials losing contact with a string of satellites last November.

Lifting off as scheduled earlier Thursday, the Soyuz rocket carried two Russian Earth monitoring satellites as its primary payload and [...]

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