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By fstimes On 16 Dec, 2013 At 09:32 AM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments

Amanda sits curled up on the sofa watching cartoons on television. She will soon turn 14, but her youth belies her past. The young girl has suffered two abortions already, the result of exchanging unprotected, adolescent sex for a pack of cigarettes or a couple of dollars. “My life was complicated. I was on the […]

By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 11:04 AM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments
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India’s Supreme Court has reinstated a ban on gay sex in the world’s largest democracy, following a four-year period of decriminalisation. India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a gay sex ban, following a four-year period of decriminalisationthat had helped bring homosexuality into the open in the socially conservative country. In 2009 the high court in Delhi ruled […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 02:28 PM | Categorized As News, World | With 0 Comments


By fstimes On 5 Dec, 2013 At 10:07 PM | Categorized As Africa, Columns, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, World | With 0 Comments

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the father of the nation, died on December 5 2013 at the age of 95. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday night. He said Mandela passed away at 20:50 in his Houghton home surrounded by his wife, Graça Machel and members of his family. Zuma said Mandela would have a […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 08:02 AM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of the new strain of the H7N9 bird flu in a domestic worker from Indonesia. The worker, 36, recently travelled to Shenzhen in the mainland and came into contact with live poultry. She is in critical condition, officials say. H7N9 has infected more than 100 people since it emerged earlier this […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 11:22 AM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments

China has demarcated an “air-defence identification zone” over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. China’s Defence Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face “emergency defensive measures”. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are a source of rising tension […]

By fstimes On 18 Nov, 2013 At 01:55 PM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday there was “a real chance” to find a solution to the decade-old stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear drive. The Kremlin said Putin had called Rouhani to discuss the Syrian crisis as well as a new round of talks about the nuclear standoff that is set to begin in […]

By fstimes On 4 Nov, 2013 At 08:42 AM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments

Riyadh – Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to repair frayed ties with Saudi Arabia over the Syrian conflict and Iran, after making his first visit to Egypt since the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The top US diplomat landed in Riyadh late on Sunday on the second stop of an 11-day trip which […]

By fstimes On 25 Oct, 2013 At 02:44 PM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments
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The fallout from the Edward Snowden saga is starting to affect global trade relationships. French outrage at the scale of National Security Agency (NSA) espionage is the latest in a series of aftershocks around the world triggered by Edward Snowden’s revelations about United States and British intelligence that have shaken relations with their allies and […]

By fstimes On 22 Oct, 2013 At 04:01 PM | Categorized As World | With 0 Comments
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In a meeting with the US secretary of state, France has demanded an explanation of the latest revelations about a controversial US spying programme. France on Tuesday warned the United States to stop snooping on the telephone calls of its citizens but backed away from picking a fight with its ally over the issue. In […]