Zuma asks ministries to deal with South Africa university 'mayhem'
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has instructed his justice and crime prevention ministries to deal with the violence during student protests over tuition fees at universities, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. At least six universities' classes have been disrupted and some suspended as police and private security companies have tried to quell student dissatisfaction at a fee increase announced by government earlier this month. "President Jacob Zuma has instructed the justice crime prevention and security cluster to deal with the mayhem that is destroying our institutions of higher learning," Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told a post-cabinet media briefing.
Palace boss Pardew distances himself from England job(Reuters) - Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has distanced himself from reports linking him with the England job after Sam Allardyce resigned on Tuesday but said managing the national side would be the "pinnacle" of his career. On Tuesday Allardyce, who was England manager for 67 days, quit after being secretly filmed by undercover Daily Telegraph reporters as he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers. England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce and Pardew have been linked to the role in the British media.
Identical girl triplets born in Poland are doing wellWARSAW, Poland (AP) ? A spokeswoman for a hospital in southwestern Poland says extremely rare identical girl triplets were born earlier this month through a cesarean section and are doing well.
Push is on to reunite CBS and ViacomNEW YORK (AP) ? A company that controls CBS and Viacom wants the two New York media companies to combine again, more than a decade after they went their separate ways.
Philippines' President Duterte to scrap war games with US
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) ? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said joint military exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills, although his foreign secretary quickly said the decision was not final.
Clinton joins Israel in paying last respects to Peres
Israeli leaders, former US president Bill Clinton and crowds of mourners gathered outside parliament Thursday to pay last respects to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, whose body was lying in state. A major security operation was being put in place ahead of Friday's funeral, which is to be attended by leaders from across the world, including US President Barack Obama and Britain's Prince Charles. In a rare visit to Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was also planning to attend, Palestinian officials told AFP.
Train crashes through New Jersey's Hoboken station: reportsA train crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday and there were reports of injuries, multiple U.S. media reports said. Officials from the local police, fire department and New Jersey Transit could not immediately be reached for comment. Some photos showed a train carriage that appeared to have run right through the station concourse, causing devastation.
Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, as the country somberly remembered the Nobel-winning politician who helped lead Israel during a remarkable seven-decade career.
Police say man killed near San Diego was pointing vaping device
(Reuters) - An unarmed black man was pointing a silver vape smoking device at police when officers shot and killed him in southern California, authorities said, triggering two nights of protests. Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan immigrant who activists and friends described as mentally ill, was killed on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon. Two El Cajon police officers confronted Olango, whom callers to police said had been acting erratically and walking in traffic.
US jobless claims remain low in strong jobs market
US unemployment claims held in a historically low range last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, pointing to continued tightening in the jobs market. Initial claims for unemployment insurance, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, numbered 254,000 in the week to September 24, 3,000 more than the previous week but in line with the four-week average. The streak of low claims attests to steady tightening of the US employment market, with the economy pumping out an average of 181,000 jobs a month so far this year.