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Father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela dies aged 78

Father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela dies aged 78 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the “father of South African jazz” who used his music in the fight against apartheid, has died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday. He was 78. In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as “Soweto Blues”, which served as one of the soundtracks to the anti-apartheid movement. Following the end of white-minority rule, he opened…

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Nigel Farage: UKIP's Henry Bolton can emulate Corbyn

Nigel Farage: UKIP's Henry Bolton can emulate Corbyn UKIP leader Henry Bolton can emulate Jeremy Corbyn by winning over party members to keep his job, his predecessor Nigel Farage has claimed. Mr Farage said his successor had shown “very bad judgement” in recent weeks amid allegations over his private life. But he said UKIP’s National Executive Committee was full of “hopeless amateurs” holding the party back and Mr Bolton could “go round their back”. Like Mr Corbyn, Mr Bolton must show he could “make big political arguments”. Mr Bolton has…

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Japanese bitcoin exchange BitFlyer comes to Europe

Japanese bitcoin exchange BitFlyer comes to Europe Japanese bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange BitFlyer has expanded into Europe after it landed a payment license to operate across the EU. Data from Coinmarketcap.com shows that BitFlyer is the world’s 14th largest exchange based on volume, with more than $294 million trading in the last 24 hours at the time of writing. Bitcoin is the dominant choice for BitFlyer users, having account for $287 million of that 24-hour trading. That’s around the same amount traded on Coinbase. Unlike some exchanges which offer a…

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Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement. Born in the South African town of Witbank in 1939, Masekela was inspired…

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Johnson demands 5 billion pounds extra health spending – The Times

Johnson demands 5 billion pounds extra health spending – The Times LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will on Tuesday demand Prime Minister Theresa May approve 5 billion pounds extra funding for the National Health Service, The Times newspaper reported. Johnson, the most prominent Conservative Party supporter of Brexit, will demand the increase in health spending from March 2019 when Britain is due to leave the European Union. He wants to cast the increase as a “Brexit dividend,” the newspaper said. The Times said Johnson believes increasing spending…

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Britney Spears to play Brighton Pride… and Scarborough

Britney Spears to play Brighton Pride… and Scarborough Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas show to the UK. As part of the Piece of Me tour, the singer will headline Brighton Pride and will perform in Scarborough in August. Brighton Pride tweeted “We are thrilled to announce that legendary pop icon Britney Spears will be the headline act for Pride on Sat 4th Aug”. Britney will also perform shows in Manchester, Glasgow and London – as well as dates in Germany, Belgium and Sweden. The Brighton date will be…

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'Father of South African jazz' Hugh Masekela dies aged 78 – eNCA television

'Father of South African jazz' Hugh Masekela dies aged 78 – eNCA television JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela, affectionately known as the ‘father of South African jazz’, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer, domestic media reported on Tuesday. He was 78. In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as “Soweto Blues”, which served as one of the sound-tracks to the anti-apartheid movement. He opened the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup…

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As U.S. goes quiet on close naval patrols, China speaks out

As U.S. goes quiet on close naval patrols, China speaks out HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – While the Pentagon plays down patrols close to Chinese-controlled reefs and islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is sounding the alarm about them, seeking to justify what experts say will be an even greater presence in the disputed region. Chinese officials publicized the latest U.S. “freedom of navigation patrol”, protesting the deployment last week of the destroyer USS Hopper to within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, an atoll west of the Philippines which…

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Edmund subdues Dimitrov to reach Australian Open semis

Edmund subdues Dimitrov to reach Australian Open semis MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way to a shock 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over third seed Grigor Dimitrov to claim his place in the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The South Africa-born 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy Dimitrov. Edmund crunched 46 winners to Dimitrov’s 32 on a packed Rod Laver Arena sprinkled with vocal fans of both players. There…

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Regulator says Fox buying Sky not in public interest, suggests remedies

Regulator says Fox buying Sky not in public interest, suggests remedies LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator said Rupert Murdoch buying all of Sky was not in the public interest because it would give the media mogul too much influence, but set out possible remedies that could allow the $15 billion (11 billion pounds) deal to go ahead. The initial ruling complicates a plan by Walt Disney Co to buy many of Murdoch’s assets, including the pan-European satellite business Sky. Disney had hoped that Murdoch would have taken full control…

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