| LAST UPDATED 12 July, 2008 10:48:00 GMT
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wo days after her rescue, six years after being captured by guerrillas in the Colombian jungle, Ingrid Betancourt arrived in Paris on Friday to greet a joyful nation that had adopted her as one of its own, campaigning for her freedom and moved by her reunion with her children, now grown

McGregor, Miedema defend Berg River titles

Hank McGregor won a spirited sprint to clinch his fifth Berg River Canoe Marathon title, at the end of a nerve-racking race on a river swollen by heavy rainfall that has flooded the region for the past fortnight.

Boks ecstatic after House of Pain victory

Halfback Ricky Januarie scored a try four minutes from full-time to give a 14-man South African team a 30-28 win over New Zealand in a Tri-Nations rugby Test on Saturday.

Olmert questioned again in corruption inquiry

Israeli police say they suspect the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, of "serious fraud" after questioning him for a third time on Friday as part of a widening corruption investigation.
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Markets plunge in fresh US housing crisis

United States worries grew on Friday night when federal officials took over California mortgage lender IndyMac after a run on the bank by depositors, who withdrew more than $1,3-billion in 11 business days, had left its insurance fund with a $4-billion to $8-billion deficit. ...
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SA 'must end this torment' of high food prices

The fight against high and rising food prices will require the mobilisation of all social forces, Gauteng agriculture minister Khabisi Mosunkutu told the last day of the Gauteng Food Summit on Friday. ...
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Robert Mugabe 'happy' as UN sanctions bid fails

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is "happy" at the veto of a draft United Nations resolution to impose tough new sanctions, the country's ambassador to the world body told BBC television from New York on Saturday. ...
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Talks resume between Zim govt, opposition

President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will on Thursday begin preliminary talks in South Africa on ending Zimbabwe's political crisis, an opposition source said. ...
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Jacob Zuma will not make a submission to the Constitutional Court over his concerns relating to the stand-off between the court and Judge John Hlophe.
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YouTube court order fans privacy fears

A United States judge's order to Google to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom has sparked an outcry from privacy advocates in the midst of a legal showdown over video piracy.
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Thank God for Tutu

African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema on Thursday assured the South African Human Rights Commission that he would never again use the word "kill" in public statements.
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Parlez-vous 'purchasing power'?

The French are in an ornery mood - worried that their euros no longer stretch as far as they once did, and angry that the government isn't doing as much as they would like to increase their "pouvoir d'achat," or purchasing power.
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2010 to cost more than planned

H9osting the 2010 World Cup will set South Africa back much more than initially estimated, with rising costs expected to swell the bill for stadium construction to well over the R,8-billion budgeted, according to a Sunday newspaper.
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A daring Lewis Hamilton splashes to British Grand Prix victory

It will go down in Grand Prix history as a classic race, a nail-biting challenge from start to the finish, with gusty winds and rain conspiring to have their part and ensure both a victory and a majestic drive by the home favorite.
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Flights begin from China to Taiwan

The first regular weekend flights between China and Taiwan took place on Friday, in the latest breakthrough in bilateral relations that are rapidly warming under the island's new president, Ma Ying-jeou.
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Mandela moves to block sale of prison drawings

Nelson Mandela has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against a London gallery which is selling lithographs it says are signed by, and the work of, the former South African president.
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Robert Mugabe 'happy' as UN sanctions bid fails

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is "happy" at the veto of a draft United Nations resolution to impose tough new sanctions, the country's ambassador to the world body told BBC television from New York on Saturday.  

ANC boss accuses judges of conspiracy against Zuma

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has launched an extraordinary attack on the country's top judges.  

YouTube court order fans privacy fears

A United States judge's order to Google to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom has sparked an outcry from privacy advocates in the midst of a legal showdown over video piracy.  

Thank God for Tutu

African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema on Thursday assured the South African Human Rights Commission that he would never again use the word "kill" in public statements.  

Is capitulation on the cards?

Profit warnings, breaches of key index levels and stressed consumers and investors seeking safety provide the background for markets this week.  

Parlez-vous 'purchasing power'?

The French are in an ornery mood - worried that their euros no longer stretch as far as they once did, and angry that the government isn't doing as much as they would like to increase their "pouvoir d'achat," or purchasing power.  

Shock tactics or social consciousness?

In a society reeling from violence, how appropriate or helpful is it to see violence depicted on stage?

Bollywood features galore!

The work of a new generation of Bollywood filmmakers, including the top three Bollywood films worldwide from 2007, will feature in a two-week Bollywood Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau in July. The films tackle topical issues such as match-fixing in cricket and horse racing and include the more usual glossy epics. The festival runs from July 4 to 17 at the Rosebank Mall, Brooklyn in Pretoria and Cavendish in Cape Town. Two films are directorial debuts by award-winning actors: Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par and Ajay Devgan's U Me Aur Hum.