World Live Updates COVID-19 cases
  • USA 5,002,080
    Total: 5,002,080
    Active: 2,287,725
    Recovered: 2,552,217
    Death: 162,138
  • Brazil 2,873,304
    Total: 2,873,304
    Active: 754,975
    Recovered: 2,020,637
    Death: 97,692
  • India 1,964,536
    Total: 1,964,536
    Active: 595,501
    Recovered: 1,328,336
    Death: 40,699
  • Russia 871,894
    Total: 871,894
    Active: 180,931
    Recovered: 676,357
    Death: 14,606
  • South Africa 529,877
    South Africa
    Total: 529,877
    Active: 143,313
    Recovered: 377,266
    Death: 9,298
  • Mexico 456,100
    Total: 456,100
    Active: 101,694
    Recovered: 304,708
    Death: 49,698
  • Peru 447,624
    Total: 447,624
    Active: 120,966
    Recovered: 306,430
    Death: 20,228
  • Chile 366,671
    Total: 366,671
    Active: 16,614
    Recovered: 340,168
    Death: 9,889
  • Spain 354,530
    Total: 354,530
    Active: 326,030
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 28,500
  • UK 308,134
    Total: 308,134
    Active: 261,721
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 46,413



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Macron calls for international probe into Beirut blast

Lebanese authorities said the massive explosion was triggered by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at Beirut's port.

England collapse after Masood century puts Pakistan on top

The hosts were 92-4 at stumps on the second day, after slumping to 12-3, in reply to Pakistan's first innings 326 that featured opener Masood's Test-best 156.

Trump vows executive actions on emergency coronavirus relief

US President Donald Trump has been signalling for days that he could take action on prolonging the current evictions relief and also extending enhanced unemployment benefits.

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Vaccine hesitancy: Speed of COVID-19 vaccine race raises safety concerns

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Funeral directors say that beyond the spike in deaths from COVID-19 - the disease associated with the coronavirus - they have to cope with coffin shortages and delays in the issuance of death certificates.

Guardiola says City are 'ready' for Real Madrid test

Manchester City host Zinedine Zidane's team in the second leg of their last-16 tie, leading 2-1 after their win in the Bernabeu in February.

Groenewegen 'sorry' after Tour of Poland crash puts Jakobsen in coma

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Rand slips to 10-week low, stocks continue bull run

The rand has failed to benefit from the dollar's decline, though, with investors sitting on the fence.

Cabinet is serious about tackling fraud and corruption, says Lamola

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Twitter moves to reduce reach of 'state-affiliated' media

The US social platform said it would add new labels to these accounts and would 'no longer amplify' their tweets through its recommendation systems, in the latest move to identify and limit the spread of government-led influence campaigns.

South African football to restart amid virus, warning and ban

All 57 cup and league matches will be staged in Gauteng, the province hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed 9,298 lives nationally, the highest death toll in Africa.

Makeover: UK fashion bible Vogue turns serious for September

Vogue needed to change in the wake of the protests and the coronavirus pandemic, UK Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful told the BBC.

Global recovery will come faster if COVID vaccine available to all - WHO chief

Economic recovery around the world could come faster if any COVID-19 vaccine is made available to all as a public good, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.

EC couple faces 10 years in jail for defrauding Sassa R1.2m

It's understood one of the culprits worked at the agency and conspired with an accomplice to register fraudulent social grants recipients.

9 people arrested following violent protests in Bloekombos

Residents have been erecting structures on private property near the Tygerberg raceway for the past few weeks.

UK colonialist Rhodes has fallen in his home town as museum changes its name

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#Serveusplease Dead Thursday protest to highlight hospitality sector's plight

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KZN likely to overtake Gauteng as SA's COVID-19 epicentre - Mkhize

Infections in the province were continuing to grow while they were decreasing in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

SA Rugby welcomes govt go-ahead for return to competitive action

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WATCH LIVE: Minister Lamola briefs media on outcomes of Cabinet meeting

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Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin'ono denied bail again

Chin'ono was arrested more than two weeks ago on charges of inciting public violence, but critics say he was being punished for helping to expose high-level corruption.

Boksburg hospital staffer facing action for alleged baby-swapping incident

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President Ramaphosa meets with 4IR commission ahead of report's release

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Eskom starts safety campaign in Gauteng after increase in illegal connections

The power utility said it had noticed an increase in illegal connections in high-density areas with multiple households per stand.

Master KG presents Limpopo Arts & Culture with 'Jerusalema' plaque

'Though I am now celebrated throughout the world, I will never forget my humble beginnings,' Master KG said.

Calm restored in St Helena Bay after SAHRC mediation process over protests

Residents had been demonstrating since last Friday to raise concerns over a lack of housing and service delivery.

Guinea ruling party urges President Alpha Conde to run for third term

Conde, 82, was elected president in 2010 and again in 2015. And under Guinea's constitution, presidents may only serve two terms.

Ramaphosa appoints inter-ministerial committee to deal with PPE tender claims

This comes as senior officials within Ramaphosa's administration have been hit with allegations of looting funds that are meant for COVID-19.

Bottas signs new Mercedes deal for 2021 Formula One season

Bottas, who was runner-up to Hamilton last year, joined Mercedes in 2017 and has so far notched eight wins and 12 pole positions with the team.

French President Macron visits traumatised Lebanon to offer help, urge reform

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut's harbourside blast zone, now a wasteland of blackened ruins, rubble and charred debris where a 140 metre wide crater has filled with seawater.

'No contact' from Man Utd over Sancho say Dortmund

Jadon Sancho is valued at around 120 million euros ($142 million) and Borussia Dortmund have said they have yet to receive an offer for their talented forward who joined in 2017 from Manchester City's academy.

MTN to exit Middle East to focus on Africa

MTN is in advanced talks to sell the stake in MTN Syria to TeleInvest, which holds the other 25% of the business, Group President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Shuter told media on a conference call as the firm reported its half-year results.

Gift of the Givers hands over R10m renovated ward to Mitchells Plain Hospital

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaaz Sooliman explained that the organisation had transformed a ward at the Mitchells Plain Hospital into an oxygen facility.

Mkhize: SA not ready to lift ban on sale of tobacco, alcohol yet

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that while pressure on hospitals had been reduced and the recovery rate was now above 70%, more work still needed to be done before alcohol and cigarette sales were allowed again.

Selena Gomez gets quarantine busy with new HBO cooking show

Spills, burns and sometimes inedible dishes emerge as chefs appear on screen from their own kitchens to teach the singer how to tackle pasta, tacos, cookies, and other meals.

Two arrested, abalone worth R3m seized in Edgemead

Hawks detectives nabbed them on Wednesday after conducting a search and seizure operation in Edgemead.

Zondo dismisses bid by former FS official to postpone state capture appearance

The former director-general at the Free State Department of Human Settlements, Wiseman Zulu, was expected to testify on how the department approved a multi-million rand asbestos project for the provincial government without following procurement processes.

Dlamini-Zuma has a duty to prevent spread of COVID-19 & save lives, court told

Advocate Karrisha Pillay, representing Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Thursday quoted a number of studies and research done that showed smokers were at higher risk of contracting severe respiratory diseases.

Nile dam mediator South Africa urges talks to continue

Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.

Sanchez joins Inter Milan from Man United on free transfer

The 31-year-old, who had been on loan at Inter this season, signed a contract until 30 June, 2023, the club added.

Mkhize welcomes suspension of Northdale Hospital officials over patient's death

The minister was in KwaZulu-Natal on a two-day visit to assess the province's state of readiness as it approached the peak of its COVID-19 pandemic.

Talks still need to take place on Zim assistance, says Dirco

Pressure is mounting on the South African government to speak out against the alleged human rights violations meted out against protestors in that country.

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Vietnam turns Danang stadium into field hospital amid virus outbreak

Danang's Tien Son Sports Palace will from Saturday be used to treat an overflow of infected patients should the city's hospitals become overwhelmed.

Members of the public encouraged to comment on shortlisted AG candidates

The committee this week concluded shortlisting candidates to replace Kimi Makwetu.

Missing Lunamandla Sithonga from Khayelitsha may have been kidnapped: SAPS

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DA urges banks, creditors to reject SAA's appeal for R5.3 billion loan

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Expert accuses Bolsonaro of 'sacrificing' Brazilians,predicts 200k deaths by Oct

In an interview Domingos Alves was scathing in his criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's government, which he accused of "sacrificing the Brazilian people" in the name of keeping the economy afloat.

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