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Family who took in Nikolas Cruz said he showed no warning signs

When the Snead family took Nikolas Cruz into their home last November, they thought of him as one of their own. Now, they’re trying to think of how they may have missed the warning signs. “The Nik we knew was not the monster he turned out to be,” James Snead, whose son befriended Cruz, told NBC News. Cruz, 19, is charged with the premeditated murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, later confessing to police that he was the gunman in the shooting, according to a Broward Sheriff’s…

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Theresa May congratulates new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

MPs from the ANC party broke into song and dance after he was confirmed as President. Mr Ramaphosa, 65, declared he would work hard “not to disappoint the people of South Africa” before being sworn in at a ceremony in Cape Town. Theresa May said: “The United Kingdom greatly values its dynamic and forward-looking partnership with South Africa, underpinned by the strong ties between our countries. “I look forward to working closely with President Ramaphosa to help build a healthier, more secure and prosperous future for both our countries.  “I…

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Jacob Zuma Is Gone. Here's What South Africa Has to Do Next

The hard work has only just begun More After weeks of protests, days of urgent exhortations by government colleagues to step aside, one formal resignation request by party leadership and the threat of a no confidence motion in Parliament, South African President Jacob Zuma finally got the message. Late in the evening of Feb. 14, the embattled leader of what used to be Africa’s most promising nation delivered a belated Valentine’s gift to his people. “I have … come to the decision to resign as the president of the Republic…

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South Africa REJOICES: Moment MPs break out into song and dance as Ramaphosa elected

Mr Ramaphosa was confirmed as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma reluctantly resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly four percent, putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors welcomed Zuma’s resignation after nine years in office plagued by corruption allegations. The rand, which has gained ground whenever Zuma hit political turbulence, soared to a near three-year high against the dollar on word of his resignation. But…

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Who Is Cyril Ramaphosa, the Man Being Called South Africa's 'President in Waiting'?

Acting president Cyril Ramaphosa looks set to become South Africa’s new president Thursday afternoon in an electoral formality, after the country’s ruling party ordered the scandal-hit Jacob Zuma to resign on Wednesday, more than a year before Zuma’s term formally ends in 2019. The development comes after a breakdown in talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa—Zuma’s ertswhile deputy and recently elected president of the ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) party—for a transition in power. The ANC, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid regime in 1994, has…

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Cyril Ramaphosa to be South Africa’s next president as Jacob Zuma resigns

Cyril Ramaphosa will be South Africa’s next president, after scandal-tarnished President Jacob Zuma announced Wednesday that he would step down, effective immediately. A protégé of Nelson Mandela, Ramaphosa, 65, grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg’s notoriously impoverished segregated township. He became one of South Africa’s richest men, but his toughest years may lie ahead. Nelson Mandela and Cyril Ramaphosa in 1994. Walter Dhladhla / AFP/Getty Images file The 75-year-old Zuma, who had been in office since 2009, had refused to relinquish his grip on power for more than a week. He…

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South African president Jacob Zuma relinquishes power

Cyril Ramaphosa will be South Africa’s next president, after the scandal-tarnished incumbent, Jacob Zuma, announced Wednesday that he would step down, effective immediately. A protégé of Nelson Mandela, Ramaphosa, 65, grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg’s notoriously impoverished segregated township. He became one of South Africa’s richest men, but his toughest years may lie ahead. Nelson Mandela and Cyril Ramaphosa in 1994. Walter Dhladhla / AFP/Getty Images file The 75-year-old Zuma, who had been in office since 2009, had refused to relinquish his grip on power for more than a week.…

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BREAKING: South African President Jacob Zuma announces his resignation

The 75-year-old’s resignation caps the end of a tumultuous decade in which he has survived several no-confidence votes in parliament, a string of corruption allegations and street protests against his rule. The announcement eventually came in a televised address to the nation. Mr Zuma said no leader should stay beyond the time determined by the people they serve. But in his 30-minute farewell speech to the nation, he made it clear he disagreed with the way the ANC had pushed him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril…

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South Africa’s struggle for honest leaders

Just a quarter century ago, South Africa was a model in how to uproot official racism and replace it with democratic values such as equality. Now, as its parliament prepares to remove President Jacob Zuma from office, it may offer yet another model. This time, South Africans are showing how to replace official corruption with values such as transparency and accountability. Mr. Zuma, who faces 783 counts of corruption as well as charges he misused public funds, has become so unpopular that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) had to…

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FCC chairman urges approval for SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants his agency approve SpaceX’s 15-month-old application to serve the U.S. with its proposed megaconstellation. In a statement released just days before SpaceX launches its first two prototype satellites, Pai urged support of the company’s application within the FCC, saying Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX can help reach rural and isolated parts of the country with high-speed Internet. “To bridge America’s digital divide, we’ll have to use innovative technologies. SpaceX’s application — along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the U.S.…

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