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Mass shootings in South Africa are often over group turf: how to stop the cycle of reprisals

Mass shootings in South Africa are often over group turf: how to stop the cycle of reprisals

IN just two days in early July, 25 people were shot dead in four separate incidents at taverns across South Africa. In one of these shootings, in Soweto, 16 people lost their lives. The killings made international headlines and were shocking even in South Africa, a society with one of the highest murder rates in the world. There has been intense speculation about the motives behind the killings in the absence of reliable evidence that explains why the multiple murders took place. Author GUY LAMB, Criminologist / Lecturer, Stellenbosch University To provide some insights into the possible reasons, I reflect…
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Israeli troops kill Palestinian woman in West Bank, say she attempted stabbing

Israeli troops kill Palestinian woman in West Bank, say she attempted stabbing

A knife-wielding Palestinian woman threatened an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead, the army said, an account that was disputed by Palestinian officials. Violence in territories where Palestinians seek statehood has simmered since U.S.-sponsored peace talks stalled in 2014. Recent weeks have seen an escalation, including deadly Palestinian attacks inside Israel. In a statement, the Israeli army said "an assailant armed with a knife advanced toward an IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldier who was conducting routine security activity" near Al Aroub village. "The soldiers responded with live fire," it said. A hospital in the nearby…
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Nigeria suspends voter registration in Imo state after election official shot dead

Nigeria suspends voter registration in Imo state after election official shot dead

NIGERIA'S electoral commission suspended voter registration in most parts of oil-producing Imo state after an election official was shot dead by unknown gunmen, as the country prepares for a series of votes early next year. Armed groups have since last year burned down electoral offices and police stations in states in the southeast, which government blames on the banned separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group. IPOB denies the charges. Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria spokesman Festus Okoye said in a statement voter registration had been suspended at 54 centres and in three local government areas in Imo state, following…
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Emotional send-off for SA man killed in the US

Emotional send-off for SA man killed in the US

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER DRESSED in traditional black, the widow of Lindani Myeni, the South African man who was shot dead by police while unarmed in the United States, has paid an emotional farewell to him at his funeral, which was held in Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday. Lindsay Myeni took mourners on a journey into her life with the man she met a few years ago in SA, fell in love, married and relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, in pursuit of their dreams.  Lindsay shared anecdotes and spoke of her husband’s personality and bravery. She said her 29 year-old husband, a former…
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