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5 things you should know about this week

By Sowetan LIVE | 2014-08-11 12:24:37.0

It's very difficult to keep track of news amongst hundreds of headlines a day. So we will pick out the top 5 trending news a week in highlights for you to follow. (11-18 August 2014)

1. Obama had authorised air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State militants in Iraq after a series of forced marriages, beheadings and conversions.

The United States has conducted three days of attacks by jets and drones on jihadists in northern Iraq (ISIS)whose onslaught has displaced 200,000 people since August 3, including all the residents of Iraq's largest Christian town, Qaraqosh.  READ MORE

WHY?

"One of the saddest stories was one of our relatives. They beheaded all his 15 family members in front of him and then took him with them." Yazidi women were hauled away for forced marriages, or perhaps slavery, as in other towns. "Some were taken to Syria,".  READ MORE

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A consortium involving major banks will inject R10 billion into the embattled African Bank Investments Limited, Reserve Bank Governor

"The consortium has committed to underwrite a R10 billion capital raising, and will be engaging with shareholders and other participants in this regard," Marcus told reporters at the SA Reserve Bank in Pretoria. READ MORE

 

WHY?

South African stocks fell for a second straight session on Thursday as the price of African Bank Investments plunged further on fears the lender may be unable to plug a huge deficit in its finances. Shares of Abil, as the bank is widely known, tumbled more than 80 percent to almost a 20-year low of 50 cents, after falling more than 60 percent the previous day. READ MORE

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3. Poor people in West Africa could die of hunger, if not Ebola

West Africa is counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic, as unprecedented restrictions cause food shortages, transport snarls and soaring prices, sparking fears people could die of hunger. READ MORE

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4.  Nkandla architect to design Zwelithini's palace: Report

President Jacob Zuma's architect has also landed the deal to design Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eighth palace, the Sunday Tribune newspaper reported. READ MORE

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5. Everyone in awe of the 'Supermoon'

There is a lot of excitement about this Sunday’s supermoon, scientific name perigee moon, which appeared 30% brighter than normal tonight and 14% bigger as it reached the point of its orbit closest to earth - 221,765 away from earth.

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