Giles Elgood

Operation to rescue beheaded journalist failed: US

The United States has revealed a military attempt to rescue slain journalist James Foley from terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

SA to house World Cup fans in cruise liners

South Africa, short of accommodation for fans expected to flock to next year's soccer World Cup, plans to use cruise liners as floating hotels.

SA wants Zim power-sharing talks to ‘pick up pace’

South Africa wants long-running power-sharing negotiations in Zimbabwe to move ahead more quickly, a senior member of the ANC said.

SA faces World Cup transport challenge

SA is confident that it will be ready to host the Soccer World Cup next year, but faces a challenge in transporting fans to matches.

Weak global growth expected next year

Global growth will be very weak next year, a senior European banker warned on Tuesday.

Kenya rivals ink power-sharing deal

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement on Thursday intended to end a post-election crisis that left 1 000 people dead. Crowds of onlookers clapped as the two rivals inked a deal at a televised ceremony to set up a coalition government.

Protest threat hangs over Kenya talks

A new round of talks to end Kenya's political crisis started on Tuesday with no clear sign of an agreement on power-sharing and with the opposition threatening to resume nationwide protests. The talks being mediated by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan had come to a standstill on Monday.

My Sicilian parking-ticket hell

''I'd been given a ticket for parking illegally on the pavement near the Greek temples at Agrigento in southern Sicily more than a year ago. My excuse? Everyone was doing it and the car park looked full ... I'd been a fugitive for too long and it was time to turn myself in.'' Giles Elgood discovers it's rather hard to pay a Sicilian parking ticket.

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