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Anger over Pistorius trial interpreters

Interpreting blunders at Oscar Pistorius's murder trial have seen witnesses lost in translation and left translators outside the court furious. With 11 official languages you could expect South Africa's courts to be well equipped to handle testimony in whatever the tongue. But during two weeks of testimony in the State vs. Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, a string of Afrikaans speaking witnesses have been forced to switch to English to avoid being misinterpreted.

Experts weigh in on Jamaican swear words in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's video rant

TORONTO - The words are slurred and drawled, trailing off haphazardly into the middle of a barely coherent tirade. But the Jamaican swear words peppering the latest controversial video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would pack a much more definite punch if uttered in everyday conversation. Jamaican Canadians familiar with the patois spoken on their native island say the words "bumbaclot" and "rassclot" have the potential to be extremely offensive when used in the right context.

Experts weigh in on Jamaican swear words in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's video rant

TORONTO - The words are slurred and drawled, trailing off haphazardly into the middle of a barely coherent tirade. But the Jamaican swear words peppering the latest controversial video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would pack a much more definite punch if uttered in everyday conversation. Jamaican Canadians familiar with the patois spoken on their native island say the words "bumbaclot" and "rassclot" have the potential to be extremely offensive when used in the right context.

Chief of DR Congo troops fighting Ugandan rebels killed

The commander of government troops fighting Ugandan Islamist rebels in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo was killed Thursday in an ambush, government spokesman Lambert Mende said. "Colonel Mamadou Ndala has been killed... Apparently it was the ADF-Nalu (Ugandan rebel force) that killed him and two of his bodyguards. This is really an immense loss for the armed forces and the republic," Mende told AFP. hab/nb/txw

Pastor behind attacks in DR Congo 'on the run'

A pastor whose supporters have claimed a wave of attacks across DR Congo is "on the run" and has fled the country, government spokesman Lambert Mende said Tuesday, adding that the death toll from the violence had risen to over 100. Pastor Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo "has vanished... He himself does not believe that his cause is right, a cause for which he is claiming responsibility in phone calls from a neighbouring country, or not too far away from ours," Mende told a news conference. "This man is a fugitive, he's on the run."

Pastor behind attacks in DR Congo 'on the run'

A pastor whose supporters have claimed a wave of attacks across DR Congo is "on the run" and outside the country, government spokesman Lambert Mende said Tuesday, adding that the death toll from the violence had risen to over 100. Pastor Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo "has vanished... He himself does not believe that his cause is right, a cause for which he is claiming responsibility in phone calls from a neighbouring country, or not too far away from ours," Mende told a news conference. "This man is a fugitive, he's on the run." hab/gk/txw

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Central Africa violence kills six

Government forces in the Central African Republic clashed with a vigilante group which has been targeting Muslims, killing six of its members, the military said Saturday. "Clashes broke out Friday between security forces sent from Bangui to Bomboro (south of the capital), and the 'anti-balaka' self-defence group," an army official said on condition of anonymity. The official said the fighting left six dead among the ranks of the vigilante.

Nairobi gunmen 'executed' shoppers, spoke foreign language

Gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall were speaking in a foreign language, possibly Arabic or Somali, and were seen executing a number of shoppers, an eyewitness told AFP. "They were not speaking Swahili. They spoke something that seemed like Arabic or Somali, but I'm not sure as I don't speak those languages," the witness, who only wanted to give his first name, Jay, told AFP after fleeing the mall. "I saw people being executed after being asked to say something," he said, adding had seen 11 dead bodies inside the mall. ayv-sas/jmm

Oxford English Dictionary mulls what gets in, what stays in the 'boondocks'

VANCOUVER - Consider this sentence: After years of living it up in the big city, Johnny and his batchmate had a hard time adjusting to life in the boondocks. Both "batchmate" and "boondocks" are used by English-speaking people, but neither word has English origins. And only one of them — boondocks — is in the Oxford English Dictionary, the 130-year institution widely accepted as the last word on English words.
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