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He’s my fiance not my father! Teen who moved to another country to be with 34 year older man of her dreams starts wedding plans despite parents disapproval

A teenager who moved to another country to be with her 34 years older ‘man of her dreams’ defies the critics and parents disapproval to start wedding plans. Michaela Matson, 19, from Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa, is madly in love with truck driver fiancé William Maldera, 53, after meeting on an ‘emotion venting’ app last year. She was initially attracted to his ‘handsome’ photo online and after months speaking multiple times per week over video chat, they decided to meet. But after telling her parents about William, they told her to end the relationship, took her passport away and sent...

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11 South African desserts to master

We’re fairly sure you know how to make Peppermint Crisp tart, but have you tried your hand at plaiting a koeksister? Here are 11 classic South African puddings to master.  1. Malva Pudding Reader Minca Worsley shared her ouma’s recipe for malva pudding with us – and it’s a winner. The sauce involves Cape Velvet and evaporated milk. 2. Koeksisters Koeksisters take a little bit of skill to master. The key is to make sure the syrup is ice cold – prepare it the day before and refrigerate it for the ultimate crisp, syrup-soaked sister. 3. Milk tart Yes, you can buy it...

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Swiss parents disown son for coming out of the closet - begs him to come home 2 weeks later…

Swiss teen was forced out of his home last year following a heated family argument about his homosexuality. He recorded the confrontation and the video went viral, resulting in an unexpected outpouring of support. Daniel Ashley Pierce never clicks on the YouTube video. Watch the disturbing clip that went viral and made him a famous gay teenager, and you understand why. Posted online by a friend, it’s the recording of an intervention of sorts by kinfolk on his father’s side who curse and threaten Daniel before they cast him out of his home for being himself. Nearly 8 million people...

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Hongkongers are going big on bitcoin, but some don’t understand what they are getting into.

The massive rise in the cryptocurrency’s value has piqued investors’ interest, but insiders say many are not aware of what they are dealing with. Bob Laberge, a data warehouse technical specialist in his 50s, invested in bitcoin for the first time on November 15 – when the digital currency was valued at about US$6,600 – knowing very little about it. He invested US$500 as a test – each individual bitcoin can be reduced into smaller pieces – and everything went smoothly. That US$500 investment is now worth about $1,350. Two weeks after his first punt Laberge decided to invest “tens...

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Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they're now worth over $50 million.

Bought in 2009, currency’s rise in value saw small investment turn into enough to buy a mansion in a wealthy area of Oslo. The meteoric rise in bitcoin has meant that within the space of four years, one Norwegian man’s $27 investment turned into forgotten millions. Kristoffer Koch invested 150 kroner ($26.60) in 5,000 bitcoins in 2009, after discovering them during the course of writing a thesis on encryption. He promptly forgot about them until widespread media coverage of the anonymous, decentralized currency in April 2013 jogged his memory. Bitcoins are stored in encrypted wallets secured with a private key, something Koch...

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