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

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.

Pistorius Faces Jail As He Awaits Sentencing — Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear before the High Court in Pretoria this morning, as he tries to avoid jail before being sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete's initial conviction of manslaughter was overturned last week by the Supreme Court of Appeal, after five judges unanimously ruled that Judge Thokozile Masipa had made a judgement which was "fundamentally flawed".

Reeva's Mum: Pistorius Sentence 'Too Short' — Reeva Steenkamp's mother has told Sky News she believes Oscar Pistorius should have spent longer in prison for shooting dead her daughter. The prosecutors insist this is wrong. They point out that the runner was an expert marksman who would have certainly known that by shooting into a confined space like the toilet cubicle, it would definitely lead to the death of whoever was behind the door.

Rhino Wars: Ranger Shot On Anti-Poaching Raid — Doctors didn't believe Ranger Andrew Desmet would survive his gunshot wounds. He was sprayed with bullets after a soldier on the same anti-poaching raid as him panicked and open fire. He was hit five times. The bullets smashed his hip and femur, punctured and collapsed one lung, and caused massive internal damage to his intestines.
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Jul 21, 2016

Judge Masipa will hear arguments for appeal. If she agrees it goes to Supreme Court in Bloemfontein 

Jul 21, 2016

NPA says #OscarPistorius sentence is an 'injustice' with potential to bring SA justice system into disrepute

Jul 21, 2016

#Pistoriusappeal SA Prosecutors say runner's 6 yr sentence for murder is 'shockingly too lenient' and will appeal

Jul 19, 2016

RT @elias_mambo: Find another country. MUGABE TELLS @PastorEvanLive...No mr president #ThisFlag is a people mvt..speaks on behalf of thousands suffering

Jul 19, 2016

Wolf whistlers are to be investigated for hate crime so surely @kelvmackenzie @fatimamanji Sun column merits same?

Jul 19, 2016

RT @Debora_Patta: #SABC censorship and firing of journos is a violation of the democratic principles SA fought so hard for - it cannot go unchallenged

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