Snowdon: My mission has been accomplished

From SA Press Association: Whistleblower Edward Snowden said his mission has been accomplished, a report said Tuesday. Snowden was speaking to a Washington Post reporter in Russia, where the former National Security agency contractor lives at an undisclosed location under temporary asylum. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. … Read more

Fancy an EU passport? Yours for R16m

By SAPA-DPA Malta, the European Union’s smallest member, on Monday raised the price it will charge well-heeled foreigners for citizenship from 650 000 euros to 1.15 million euros (R16.25m). The scheme, which effectively offers work and residency rights within the 28-nation EU bloc and the passport-free Schengen area, has been rejected by the opposition and … Read more

BA Jumbo hits building at OR Tambo (pic)

From SA Press Association: Four airport staff were injured when a British Airways Boeing 747-400 hit a building at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, shortly before taking off for London, the Airports Company of SA (ACSA) said on Monday. The pic on the right showing the damaged wing was taken by a passenger … Read more

SPORT: Famous horse racing arena closes doors

By Beth Harris of Associated Press Fans crowded into Betfair Hollywood Park for the last time Sunday. The track closed for good after the day’s 11 races, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and Zenyatta. The first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 was … Read more

Apple ties up with China Mobile, potential to boost iPhone sales by over 25%

Tim Cook has achieved something his company’s founder Steve Jobs couldn’t get right. The company has tied up a deal with China Mobile which with 740m subscribers is comfortably the biggest cell phone business on earth. The new relationship has the potential to add more than 25% to Apple’s iPhone sales. It sells around 34m … Read more

SPORT: Proteas eight runs short in record attempt

From Michael Sherman of the SA Press Association: Short of a front-line bowler and staring defeat in the face, South Africa salvaged a thrilling draw on the fifth day, in the first Test against India at the Wanderers, in Johannesburg, on Sunday. Chasing a world-record 458 to win, South Africa ended just eight runs short, … Read more

SPORT: Cardiff’s Mackay safe – for now

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay’s job appears to be safe – for now at least – with the club assuring him of his future on Sunday and attempting to reconcile tensions. Mackay’s position at the Premier League club looked doomed earlier this week after Malaysian owner Vincent Tan sent the manager an email requesting him to stand … Read more

South Sudan loses control of oilfields to rebels

From the SA Press Association: South Sudan’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state on Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world’s newest country. Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich … Read more

Blackberry shares surge after handset exit

Blackberry on Friday reported losses worth US$4.4bn for its third quarter ending in November, but shares rose 15% in trading as investors cheered its exit from handset manufacturing. The struggling Canadian smartphone pioneer posted losses totalling $965m in the second quarter. The five-year manufacturing deal with Foxconn will help the company avoid future writedowns on … Read more