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SA govt condemns London attacks

President Thabo Mbeki and his government have condemned Thursday's attacks on London's transport network. Mbeki said from the Group of Eight summit in Scotland that important issues such as climate change, poverty and underdevelopment, especially in Africa, should not now be put on the back burner.

Allan Hendrickse dies

Former Labour Party leader and later African National Congress MP Reverend Allan Hendrickse died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, his family confirmed. Hendrickse's son, Peter, also an ANC MP, said his father suffered a fatal heart attack at the Port Elizabeth airport at about 2pm on Wednesday.

Multiple casualties at US base in Iraq

An explosion hit a United States military base in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, causing multiple casualties. US media reported that 22 people died in the explosion, including US and Iraqi military personnel, and more than 50 were wounded. The White House reacted by saying it will not let violence "derail" democracy in Iraq.

DA rates Cabinet with ‘report card’

The Democratic Alliance has released its ''report card'' assessing the performance of Cabinet ministers since they assumed office after the April elections, saying the overall record has been passable but lacklustre. The best performer was Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, who scored 8/10, while the worst performer was Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who scored 1/10, said DA leader Tony Leon.

Suspend ‘secret’ arms deal, says DA

The secret arms deal to acquire between R8-billion- and R14-billion-worth of highly sophisticated military transport aircraft should be suspended until a meeting is held by the parliamentary joint standing committee on defence, says official opposition Democratic Alliance MP Rafeek Shah. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=Insight-National&ao=176333">No plane, no gain?</a>

Colin Powell quits

Colin Powell has resigned as American Secretary of State, the department said on Monday. Powell (67), a former general, submitted his resignation to President George Bush on Friday, a senior department official said. The White House will announce the resignations of four members of Bush's Cabinet on Monday, a spokesperson said. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=BreakingNews-InternationalNews&ao=125591">Colin Powell: A 'great American story'</a>

Safa CEO quits

Albert Mokoena has quit his position as acting CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa). His resignation was announced by acting Safa president Reuben Mahlalela on Monday. Mokoena has been the subject of media reports concerning his personal life and allegations that charges of intimidation had been laid against him.

Predictable win for Schumacher

After a weekend of high drama at Suzuka, the Japanese Grand Prix finished in a completely predictable way. World champion Michael Schumacher galloped to his 13th win of the season after comfortably leading from poll. His brother, Ralf, came second, giving Williams BMW their first poll finish in 11 races.

Court declares Israel barrier illegal

The United Nations's top court, the International Court of Justice, ruled on Friday in The Hague that Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank is in violation of international law and that the parts that encroach on Palestinian territory should be dismantled. The Palestinians hailed the judgement as an historic decision.

End of the road for Marcus?

The Presidency has confirmed that the five-year contract of the Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus, expires on Wednesday. President Thabo Mbeki has consulted with Marcus about the renewal of her contract and she has indicated she would like to discuss other matters with the president regarding her future. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=118008">Marcus follows Hogan exit, says DA</a>

SA soldier tells of DRC ambush

South African National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda on Thursday visited three soldiers at Pretoria's 1 Military hospital who were injured while on peacekeeping duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week. One of the patients recounted how he and his colleagues were ambushed.

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