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Bolivian town cashes in on Che Guevara legacy

Eduardo Garcia

The bearded image of guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara has become a pop icon splashed on mugs, T-shirts and even bikinis 40 years after his death, and Vallegrande, a Bolivian town, is out to cash in on the marketing frenzy. In central Bolivia, where Guevara battled the army before he was captured and killed, tour operators offer a chance to retrace his final steps on the "Che Trail".

World Mormon Church leader Hinckley dies at 97

James Nelson

Gordon B Hinckley, the world leader of Mormons who presided over a period of intensive growth for the religion, died on January 27 at the age of 97, officials said. Hinckley was ordained as the 15th president of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in March 1995.

Propaganda as journalism?

Prince Mashele

"In the light of the brouhaha about the nominations to the South African Broadcasting Corporation board, I'd like to ask a question: Are some South Africans eligible to nominate and be nominated to lead public institutions while others should rather be ignored?" writes Prince Mashele.

'Touch my muscles,' Chvez tells Naomi Campbell

Staff Reporter

Venezuela President Hugo Chvez, in an interview with supermodel Naomi Campbell, predicted that the United States "empire" is about to fall, called Jesus Christ history's number one revolutionary and offered to pose topless. "Why not? Touch my muscles!" the burly 53-year-old former paratrooper said.

New dawn for South African pay TV

Zahira Kharsany, Matthew Burbidge, Lloyd Gedye

South African pay-TV consumers will soon have a choice between many new broadcast channels -- this after the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa awarded pay-TV licences to four new players during a press briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The companies granted licences were Telkom Media, E-Sat, On Digital Media and Walking on Water.

Jesus Christ gets an evil twin in fantasy film

Tony Tharakan

There's no mention of him in the Bible but the plot of a fantasy film set in India gives Jesus Christ a twin brother -- and an evil one at that. German filmmaker Robert Sigl's The 13th Disciple is still in the planning stage but producer Mario Stefan is in Goa trying to attract an Indian co-producer for the project.

More than 400 children taken from US polygamist ranch

Ed Stoddard

Authorities have now removed 401 children from a remote ranch in west Texas belonging to a breakaway Mormon sect linked to jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, Texas authorities said on Monday. Patrick Crimmins, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said 401 children have been taken from the compound.

180 taken from polygamist sect compound in Texas

Dan Glaister

Authorities removed more than 180 women and children from the Texas compound of a polygamist sect on Saturday evening after receiving reports of "sexual and physical abuse". The 10000-member Mormon group is led by Warren Jeffs, who was convicted in Utah last year on two counts of accomplice to rape.

Fifty-two girls removed from polygamous compound in US

Staff Reporter

United States authorities removed 52 girls from a polygamous sect's compound in western Texas on Friday, and questioned the remaining members of the breakaway Mormon church, officials said. Those removed were aged from six months to 17 years old, according to the Child Protective Services in Schleicher County.

McCain, Obama tangle over Iraq pull-out

Andy Sullivan

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama faced off on Wednesday in a possible prelude to a United States presidential election battle, tangling over whether Iraq would be prey for al-Qaeda if US troops are withdrawn. McCain, who has linked his candidacy to a successful outcome in Iraq, attacked Obama's stance on the war.

British man to net fortune with 'shoebox' treasure

Staff Reporter

An ancient gold cup mysteriously acquired by a British scrap metal dealer is to be sold at auction with an estimate of nearly $1-million, after languishing for years in a shoebox under its current owner's bed. John Webber's grandfather gave him the 14cm high mug in 1945 and long assumed that it was made from brass.

Relief as EU leaders strike treaty deal

Ingrid Melander, Mark John

European Union leaders voiced relief at clinching a deal on Friday on a treaty to reform the 27-nation bloc's institutions, replacing a defunct constitution and ending a two-year crisis of confidence in Europe's future. "It's an important page in the history of Europe," Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said on arriving to chair the second day of an EU summit.

Boeremag accused wants to 'serve community of SA'

Staff Reporter

One of the Boeremag treason trial accused, Kobus Pretorius, on Monday told a Pretoria High Court judge he had had an epiphany in jail and wanted to be released on bail so that he could "serve the community of South Africa". He told Judge Khami Makhafola he was "a new man" after accepting Jesus Christ as his saviour.