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South Africa: White farmers bag jail terms over a black teen murder.

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A South African court on Wednesday handed jail terms of 23 and 18 years to two white farmers who murdered a black teenager suspected of stealing sunflowers in a remote farming community.

Pieter Doorewaard, 28, and Philip Schutte, 35, were found to have killed 15-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu on April 20 2017, after claiming they caught him taking a plant from a farm in the area.

Doorewaard was jailed for at least 18 years and Schutte was jailed for at least 23.



The boy died after being thrown out of a moving vehicle driven by the pair and suffering a broken neck, in a case that sparked rioting and looting of white-owned businesses in the town of Coligny.

The men had claimed that the teen jumped off the truck as they drove him to the police but it was Schutte who was found to have thrown the boy to his death.

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Judge Ronald Hendricks previously also found the pair guilty of kidnapping and intimidation.

“Murder is undoubtedly the most serious offence that can be committed,” said Hendricks.

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“You picked up the deceased and threw him from the van onto the ground.

The judge paused as his comments were translated into Afrikaans, the language often spoken by white farmers in South Africa.

“It cannot be ignored that the community revolted as a result of this incident,” added the judge.

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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

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An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day.

As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country.

The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing to launch rockets over the border. At least one man was killed. The Islamic Jihad militant faction identified him as a member of the group.

The worst fighting in months began on Tuesday, after Israel killed in Gaza a top commander of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad, accusing him of masterminding recent attacks against Israel and planning more in the near future.

source Reuters

In response, Islamic Jihad gunmen fired about 200 rockets into Israel throughout the day. Further Israeli air strikes on the group’s targets in Gaza killed eight Palestinians, seven of them militants, according to Palestinian sources.

However, it appeared that Hamas, the main militant group that rules Gaza, was staying out of the fighting for now. A diplomatic source told Reuters the U.N. Middle East envoy was on his way to Cairo to begin mediation to end the violence.

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Turkish Authority Arrest Baghdadi Sister

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After US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of (IS) leader Baghdadi on press conference at the White House.

Turkish officials says, mtirkeu The sister of The sister of former Islamic State(IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria.

The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid near the town of Azaz, officials said.

Turkish officials, cited by several media outlets, said the arrest could yield valuable intelligence about IS.

His death was hailed as a victory for US President Donald Trump, but critics argue that IS remains a security threat in Syria and elsewhere.

One Turkish official told Reuters news agency the arrest of Baghdadi’s older sister may help shed light on “the inner workings” of IS.

Media captionAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US commandos

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director hailed the arrest as “another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations”.

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