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20 February 2018 5:37 PM Togo to free 45 opposition supporters from custody

Lome - Nearly half of the opposition supporters arrested during a wave of anti-government demonstrations in Togo will be pardoned, Ghanaian mediators have said as talks to end a six-month political crisis got under way in Lome. Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe "has decided to give a presidential pardon to 45 of the 92 people detained ... following their 22

20 February 2018 1:12 PM Two Kenyan pilots released by S Sudan rebels

Juba - Two Kenyan pilots held for over a month after crash-landing their plane in rebel-held South Sudan have been released, a rebel spokesperson said on Tuesday. The two men were flying South Sudanese aid workers close to Akobo in the east of the country early last month when they were forced to make an emergency landing, resulting in the death of one civilian 20

20 February 2018 10:43 AM ‘Lions of the North’ roaring back to SA’s top flight

Cape Town - It resulted in surprising elimination in the first-round proper of the Nedbank Cup against appreciably less-fancied opponents. But Highlands Park have no regrets about fielding a virtual reserve line-up against Stellenbosch FC as the legendary "Lions of the North" sniff ominously at the prospect of regaining a place in the Absa Premiership 22

20 February 2018 10:43 AM WATCH: Aussie cricketers visit Smile Foundation

Johannesburg - Members of the Australian cricket team visited the Smile Foundation in Johannesburg on Tuesday, taking a break from their preparations for the first Test against the Proteas. Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson and Mitch Starc were the players who attended to learn about the foundation’s work and spend 20

20 February 2018 10:31 AM Peru court orders Fujimori tried for 1992 mass killing: official

Lima - A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Monday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime. The National Criminal Court said the pardon granted to Fujimori in a human rights case for which he was serving a 25-year sentence did not apply 21

20 February 2018 9:37 AM 2 aid workers killed in eastern DRC: UN

Kinshasa - Two Congolese aid workers were killed and a third abducted by an unidentified armed group in the troubled North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Monday. "We lost two fellow aid workers killed in the line of duty by unidentified armed people," the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs 22

20 February 2018 7:49 AM Uber to renew push to expand in Japan with taxi partnerships

Japan’s taxi market can become more efficient, even though its services are already of a high quality, he said at an event with former US ambassador to Japan John Roos. While Khosrowshahi didn’t announce any specific deals, he made clear that Uber would make a renewed push to expand in Japan. It’s the clearest sign yet the ride-hailing giant will redouble 24

20 February 2018 6:51 AM Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Jakarta - Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5 000m into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant 23

19 February 2018 7:26 PM France urges UN top court to dump E Guinea case

The Hague - France accused Equatorial Guinea on Monday of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court. Malabo has dragged Paris before the International Court of Justice in a bitter diplomatic row, accusing it of violating the diplomatic immunity 26

19 February 2018 6:09 PM Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

Vatican City - Pope Francis backed down on Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions elsewhere. The announcement came after Francis in June issued a harsh ultimatum to the priests of Nigeria's southern Ahiara diocese that they would 24