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Alex Crawford

Special Correspondent — Sky News
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Sky News Special Correspondent, currently based in South Africa. Author of Colonel Gadaffi's Hat. Facebook Alex Crawford Sky News

Zimbabwean Women Smuggled And Sold As Wives In South Africa — A Sky News investigation has revealed a big spike in the number of people being smuggled into South Africa from Zimbabwe. It is believed more and more people are fleeing Robert Mugabe's increasingly repressive regime. One South African former border control official told us crossings into the country had gone up 35% recently, while several of the illegal entrants spoke of "hundreds" crossing every day.

Same-Sex Couple 'Blessed' With Surrogate Triplets — A same sex couple in South Africa are believed to be the first in the country and possibly the world to have triplets - which also include identical twins - using a surrogate. In another rare twist, the male couple share biological fatherhood as DNA from both men was used.

Rebranded Nusra Front Uniting Syria's Rebels — Syrian rebel groups have united around the militants formerly known as the Nusra Front after they split from al Qaeda. In the first interview he has given to British television, one of the key leaders inside Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (or JFS) told Sky News: "We're stronger together than we are apart and it's as simple as that."

Oscar Pistorius Facing Return To Prison — Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to be sent back to prison on Wednesday after an appeal court ruled he was guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Under South African law he could be jailed for life, although Sky's legal analyst, Llewellyn Curlewis, believes Judge Thokozile Masipa will opt for around 12 years.

Prosecutors To Seek Tough Sentence For Pistorius — South African prosecutors are expected to press for the toughest sentence against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the conclusion of his trial this week. In December the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the double amputee runner's manslaughter conviction and changed it to murder.

Anti-IS Forces Close In On Group's Raqqa HQ — The armed groups making up the Syrian Democratic Forces are now at the gates of the IS headquarters in Raqqa. The city where the terror group has been holed up for the past two years is next on the list to be freed from its extremist stranglehold.

IS 'Sex Slave' Victim Tells Of Months Of Abuse — A woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State for seven months has told Sky News she was abused every day and said the jihadists "were not like humans". The 25-year-old victim said her four children, aged five, six, seven and eight years old, were beaten and abused to ensure she complied with her captor's demands.

Chilling Glimpse Into Islamic State War Machine — A large cache of homemade bombs has been discovered in a town in northern Syria recently liberated from the so-called Islamic State - giving a chilling glimpse into the terror group's war machine. There are booby-trapped devices everywhere. One is outside the old library and another two at the entrance to what appears to be a medical station treating the injured.

Zika Outbreak Declared International Emergency — The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus outbreak an international emergency. It comes amid mounting fears the mosquito-borne disease could be linked to birth defects and be spreading rapidly. Brazilian researchers are convinced Zika is the cause of 3,700 confirmed and suspected cases of newborns with brain defects in South America's largest country, said health minister Marcelo Castro.

Zika Virus May Have Spread To Common Mosquito — Scientists in Brazil believe the devastating Zika virus may have already crossed over to the common mosquito, dramatically increasing the risk of it spreading worldwide. The Brazilian government is already struggling to contain a growing public health disaster. There are suspicions the mosquito-borne virus is linked to more than 4,000 babies with brain deformities in South America's largest country.
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