The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

9 minutes ago

Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers reveal.

Seychelles schools re-open as plague cases test negative

10 minutes ago

Two suspected cases of plague in the Seychelles have tested negative, the government has said, as children returned to schools which had closed as panic swept the island nation last week.

Cricket greats pay tribute to 'freak' AB

33 minutes ago

Cricketers from all over the globe have paid tribute to Proteas star AB de Villiers following his devastating innings against Bangladesh.

Sassa gives the Post Office an offer to pay social grants

2017-10-19 06:57

The South African Social Security Agency has given an offer to the South African Post office to take over the payment of social grants.

The Latest: 2 arrested in connection with Somalia bombing

2017-10-19 06:11

Officials in Somalia say two people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing that killed more than 300.

DRC, CAR crises under debate at 'Great Lakes' summit

2017-10-19 06:11

The crises in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi and South Sudan are expected to come under the microscope at a 12-nation summit in Brazzaville, officials say.

UK sets deadline for stalled Northern Ireland talks

2017-10-19 06:06

Britain has set a new deadline for Northern Ireland's deadlocked political parties to reach a power-sharing deal.

Rare pink diamond to be auctioned

2017-10-19 05:22

Christie's says it will put under the hammer a legendary 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to French rulers, including King Louis XIV.

Israel to keep funding feeding ground for migrating pelicans

2017-10-18 22:45

Israel's ministry of agriculture says it will continue funding a pet project to feed thousands of Great White Pelicans who annually fly over the country.

'Most wanted' alleged fraudster arrested in Cape Town hideout

2017-10-18 22:23

A suspected fraudster who has apparently evaded arrest for years has been tracked down and arrested in Milnerton by a team including a private investigator from Johannesburg.


Top Africa stories: Kenya, Grace Mugabe, Tanzania

10 minutes ago

Grace Mugabe is suing a Lebanese businessman more than a million US dollars in a botched diamond ring deal, and one of Kenya's eight election commissioners has quit, saying that next week's election cannot be 'credible'.

Liberian rebel commander guilty of immigration fraud

10 minutes ago

A Liberian accused of war crimes has been convicted of lying about his past as a rebel commander so he could enter the US.

Australia spy chief warns of growing foreign meddling

43 minutes ago

Foreign powers are waging an "extensive, unrelenting" campaign of espionage and meddling in Australia, notably targeting ethnic and religious minorities, the country's spy chief has warned.

Here's how Spain could suspend Catalonia's autonomy

2017-10-19 06:24

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has a deadline to tell Madrid whether or not he is declaring independence from Spain.

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4 000-year-old statue

2017-10-19 06:11

Egyptian archaeologists uncover part of 4 000-year-old wooden statue likely depicting female regent from that era

'Champion of land redistribution' Mugabe honoured by youths in Russia - report

2017-10-19 06:11

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is reportedly set to be honoured by African youths and students attending the 19th youth festival held in Sochi, Russia for "championing the fight against imperialism".

Zuma to unveil life-size OR Tambo statue

2017-10-19 05:45

President Jacob Zuma is expected to unveil a life-size statue of Oliver Reginald Tambo at the OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

Mine hits back over West Coast aquifer

2017-10-19 05:08

Kropz mining company says "irreversible environmental damage" will be done to groundwater if it is forced by legal action to stop pumping water from the Elandsfontein aquifer.

Austria's far right seeks interior ministry job in coalition talks

2017-10-18 22:45

Austria's far-right Freedom Party says it wants the top job in the interior ministry in exchange for entering a coalition with election winner Sebastian Kurz.

Crime intelligence operatives don't do court, Lamoer trial told

2017-10-18 22:23

Crime intelligence operatives might stake out targets, secretly listen to conversations and clandestinely collect information in the harshest of conditions, but one thing they do not do is testify in court.

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