Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists, US calls sentences “chilling”

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years each by an Egyptian judge on Monday, in what Washington called “chilling, draconian sentences” that must be reversed. Cairo defended the journalists’ convictions – for aiding a “terrorist organisation” – and rejected the widespread condemnation as “interference in its internal … Read more

Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt, supporters stunned

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a “terrorist organisation” by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s respect for media freedoms. The three, who all deny the charge, include Australian … Read more

Full List of Jacob Zuma’s 2014 cabinet – all the Ministers and Deputies

President Jacob Zuma sprung a few surprises in the announcement of the Cabinet which will support him in his second term. ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been confirmed as the country’s Deputy President. Highly respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been switched over to the troublesome Local Government portfolio. He has been succeeded by … Read more

Bruggemans: What Russia’s adventure in the Ukraine means for SA

Studying the past helps one understand the present and get a better feel for the future. In this excellent blog about the Russia’s annexation of a part of the Ukraine, Cees Bruggemans takes us for a stroll into history. The now independent former chief economist at FNB provides much-needed perspective, and despite the complexity, reaches … Read more

Bayern Munich – Soccer Chief Hoeness Quits, Accepts Jail Term For Tax Evasion

By Jens Hack MUNICH (Reuters) – Uli Hoeness said on Friday he would accept a 3-1/2-year prison term for evading 27 million euros in taxes and resigned as president and chairman of Bayern Munich, the club he made into one of the world’s most successful football dynasties. Hoeness, 62, a household name in his country and friend of Chancellor Angela … Read more