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Rain expected for CPT, Agang backs down on Zuma motion, Netanyahu vs Obama

Rain expected to ease CPT 4-day inferno

Concerns around damage to residential homes and smoke inhalation could be slighted by showers expected in Cape Town today.

With Cape Town reported to have been the hottest major city in the world yesterday, the four day fire raging and ravaging homes in the city's mainly Southerly-lying suburbs will hopefully be extinguished by nature itself.

To see a visual timeline of the fire thus far, click here.

Zuma no confidence motion: what happened, Agang?

EWN Parliament's Gaye Davis on this story: parties across the political spectrum have condemned AgangSA Member of Parliament (MP) Andries Tlouamma for suddenly withdrawing his motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma soon after it began on Tuesday. Tlouamma spoke about the need for MPs to be allowed to vote on the motion by secret ballot and asked National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to recuse herself. When she refused, he announced he was withdrawing the motion. Mbete was not impressed, she said: “Honourable Tlouamma, you don’t know how long you’ve been dragging us around as different parties on this matter.” The ANC also accused AgangSA of raising the motion of no confidence because it was desperate for publicity. Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen warned: "Constitutional motions are not to be entered into lightly, they are serious motions.”

Obama criticises Netanyahu speech to US Congress

Reuters with this story: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening US-Israeli rift. They delivered duelling messages within hours of each other. Netanyahu made his case against Obama's Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress that aligned himself with the president's Republican foes. Obama responded in the Oval Office, declaring in a frustrated tone that Netanyahu offered "nothing new." In its response, the Iranian government denounced Netanyahu's 39-minute speech as "boring and repetitive," the state news agency IRNA said. In an appearance boycotted by dozens of Obama's fellow Democrats, Netanyahu said Iran's leadership was "as radical as ever" and could not be trusted and the deal being worked out by the United States and other world powers would not block Iran's way to a bomb "but paves its way to a bomb." Netanyahu's speech, a point-by-point critique of Obama's strategy, drew 26 standing ovations in the Republican-controlled chamber.

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