Korkie family to use donations for 'fresh start'

2014-12-20 11:01

The R1.7m that was raised to help kidnap victim Pierre Korkie and his family after his expected release in Yemen, will now assist his widow and children start afresh, a family spokesperson says.

Al-Qaeda blames US for Korkie’s death

2014-12-11 14:25

Al-Qaeda has blamed US President Barack Obama for the deaths of two hostages - South African teacher Pierre Korkie and an American photojournalist - during a failed rescue attempt over the weekend.

Korkie memorial this Friday

2014-12-10 08:29

The memorial service for slain teacher Pierre Korkie will be held in the Free State on Friday, a family spokesperson says.


Speaking to the media for the first time since the death of her husband Pierre Korkie at the hands of al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, Yolande Korkie said Pierre's death was "God's will". Watch.

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Korkie's widow due to hold press conference

2014-12-09 10:21

The widow of Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue bid in Yemen over the weekend, is due to hold a press conference, after his body arrived back home.

Yemen knew about Korkie negotiations - GotG

2014-12-08 19:04

The government in Yemen was kept informed about the efforts to negotiate the release of Pierre Korkie, who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants, the head of the Gift of the Givers says.

US says it was unaware of SA hostage talks

2014-12-08 11:28

The United States didn’t know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of Pierre Korkie who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, the US ambassador to SA says.


In today's news headlines: Shrien Dewani will hear today if he is a free man, a memorial service will be held for Pierre Korkie and Ebola claims the life of a tenth Sierra Leonean doctor. Watch.

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Korkie: Dog betrayed US rescue attempt, says report

2014-12-08 09:00

A barking dog betrayed the presence of US Seals on a mission to save Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, a report says, adding that the hostages were alive when rescued.

70 Ethiopian migrants drown after boat sinks

2014-12-08 06:40

At least 70 Ethiopians have drowned after a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security authorities say.

Yemen: US commandos lost element of surprise

2014-12-07 21:46

Officials have defended President Barack Obama's decision to launch a special forces rescue operation in Yemen that ended with al-Qaeda killing a US photojournalist and a South African teacher.

Murdered Korkie's body coming home

2014-12-07 17:39

The body of Pierre Korkie, who died during a failed attempt by the US to free hostages in Yemen, is being brought home, the government says.

US and SA mourn killed hostages

2014-12-06 22:28

The United States and South Africa are mourning the loss of two hostages killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen.

Condolences stream in for Korkie

2014-12-06 15:49

Condolences are streaming in after South African Pierre Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers, who were being held hostage by Al-Qaeda militants, were killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen.

Korkie would have been home for Christmas - GotG

2014-12-06 13:11

Al-Qaeda militants who had held South African Pierre Korkie hostage were planning to release him, the Gift of the Givers says.

US hostage killed in Yemen - sister

2014-12-06 11:02

The sister of US photojournalist Luke Somers says he has been killed in a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

Qaeda threatens US hostage in new video

2014-12-04 18:34

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has threatened an American hostage, kidnapped over a year ago in a new video, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands.

Qaeda moved US hostage before Yemen raid

2014-11-27 17:52

Al-Qaeda militants holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defence ministry website says.

Special forces free 8 al-Qaeda hostages in Yemen

2014-11-25 22:27

Special forces in Yemen have rescued eight hostages just hours after al-Qaeda seized them at an air base in the violence-wracked country, military officials say.

Qaeda says tried to kill US ambassador to Yemen

2014-11-08 18:07

Al-Qaeda says it tried to assassinate the US ambassador to Yemen with two bombs discovered minutes before they were due to explode, according to a monitoring group.

'Qaeda' militants seize Yemen town

2014-10-16 13:58

Suspected al-Qaeda militants have seized control of a town in southwest Yemen, hours after Shi'ite rebels overran a nearby provincial capital, a security official says.

How the US has justified overseas military action

2014-09-23 15:40

A look at the domestic legal justifications the US has used for military action around the world.

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shi'ites

2014-09-22 09:24

Yemeni government officials and Shi'ite have rebels signed a peace agreement following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes.

Yemen cops shoot at Shiite protesters, killing 4

2014-09-09 16:18

Yemeni police have opened fire on Shiite protesters marching toward the PM’s offices in the capital Sanaa, killing at least four people and wounding 10, official say.

Yemen government offers to resign - source

2014-08-23 18:40

Yemen's government has offered to resign and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source says.


Yemeni Shi'ite rebels take over state newspaper

2014-12-17 16:24

Yemen's official news agency says the country's powerful Shi'ite have stormed the building of the nation's main state newspaper and ousted the chief editor.


Shrien Dewani left South Africa yesterday after the Western Cape High Court dropped the murder charge against him and the body of Pierre Korkie has been returned home after he was killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. Today's newspapers focused on these stories. Watch.

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I love you, Korkie's last words to wife

2014-12-09 13:29

"I love you and tell the children I love them" - these were Pierre Korkie's last words as he held his wife Yolande for the last time while in captivity in Yemen.

Yolande Korkie pictured embracing her husband

2014-12-09 12:35

Yolande Korkie visualised embracing her husband Pierre on his return from Yemen, but instead felt intense pain as his remains arrived in the country.

Korkie’s body arrives in SA

2014-12-09 07:28

The body of Pierre Korkie has arrived at Waterkloof air base. A post mortem will first be conducted before the body is handed over to his family for burial.

Korkie made a big impact in my life - Neethling

2014-12-08 12:12

Pierre Korkie had a great influence on Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling while he studied at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

US embassy sends condolences to Korkie, Somers families

2014-12-08 10:59

The US embassy has sent its condolences to the families of Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers after they were killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen at the weekend.


South African Pierre Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers, who were being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, were killed in the early hours of Saturday when US special forces attempted to rescue them. Today's newspapers focused on Korkie's death.

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Memorial service for Korkie this week - family

2014-12-08 08:38

A memorial service is set to be held this week for Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, his family says.

We choose to forgive - Yolande Korkie

2014-12-07 22:47

The family of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a botched rescue mission in Yemen, says it has chosen to forgive and rejoice in memories of him.

Korkie: SA says no time for finger pointing

2014-12-07 19:10

Pretoria does not want to assign blame for the death of Pierre Korkie as forces led by the US tried to free hostages in Yemen, says government spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

Korkie family devastated - Sooliman

2014-12-07 07:18

The family of South African teacher Pierre Korkie was devastated to hear he was killed in a botched rescue mission in Yemen, the Gift of the Givers says.

Obama sends condolences to families

2014-12-06 20:09

United States president Barack Obama has sent his condolences to the families of South African Pierre Korkie and an American photographer who were killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen.

We want to see Korkie's body - GotG

2014-12-06 14:50

South African Pierre Korkie's body must be seen to verify his death, founder Imtiaz Sooliman says.

Korkie would have been released on Sunday - GotG

2014-12-06 12:47

South African Pierre Korkie, who was held hostage by al-Qaeda militants, has been killed, the Gift of the Givers has confirmed, saying that he would have been released on Sunday.

Pentagon admits failing in rescue attempt

2014-12-04 21:28

The Pentagon has admitted to a failed attempt in Yemen last month to free US hostage Luke Somers, who al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has threatened to kill.

Car bomb hits home of Iran envoy in Yemen

2014-12-03 11:44

A car bomb has targeted the residence of Iran's ambassador in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing at least one person, security officials and witnesses say.

7 killed in attack on house of Yemen leader

2014-11-26 17:06

Yemeni rebels have attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in Sana'a, following clashes that killed six guards and one fighter, security officials say.

Korkie not among the freed hostages - GotG

2014-11-25 16:10

Kidnapped South African Pierre Korkie was not among the hostages freed by Yemeni troops, the Gift of the Givers says.

Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in Yemen

2014-10-22 18:58

Sunni al-Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources say.

2 suicide attacks kill 67 Yemenis

2014-10-09 16:28

Suicide attacks in Yemeni's capital and in the country's south have killed 67 people amid a deepening crisis.

Yemeni official: 340 killed in week-long fighting

2014-09-22 22:28

Yemeni medical officials say 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets of Sana'a, bringing to 340 the death toll from a week of fierce clashes.

Yemen: Shi'ite rebels, tribesmen clashes kill 22

2014-09-16 15:31

Twenty-two people have been killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government-allied tribesmen in northern Yemen, tribal and local sources say.

12 killed in Yemeni clashes

2014-09-06 13:18

At least 12 people have been killed in fierce overnight clashes between army-backed Yemeni tribes and Shi’ite Huthi rebels pressing a protest campaign against the government.

Yemen resumes pumping oil through main pipeline

2014-08-08 16:30

Yemen has resumed pumping crude through its main export pipeline after repair works had been completed, say government and oil sources.

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