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Australia to ease border limits

Australia said on Friday it would increase the number of citizens allowed to return home each week to 6 000 as it manages to get new COVID-19 infections under control.

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More than 2 000 new cases recorded in SA

The cumulative number of detected Covid-19-related cases has risen to 655 572 after 2 128 new cases were identified, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

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Japan sending team to probe Mauritius ship grounding

Japan said on Friday it will send a five-person team to Mauritius to investigate the grounding of a Japanese-owned ship off the country’s coast that led to an environmental crisis.

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'Hotel Rwanda' hero denied bail during terror trial

Paul Rusesabagina, depicted as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and now on trial for terrorism, was denied bail on Thursday though he had promised not to escape.

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'Burundi impunity for abuses continues', another mass grave opened

Impunity for rape, murder and other abuses is still widespread in Burundi despite a change of government, a United Nations (UN) report released on Thursday said.

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Botswana opts to make land owners of wives with new law

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue.

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Convoy ambush in eastern Congo kills one aid worker

Armed attackers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed one aid worker and took two others temporarily hostage after ambushing their convoy on Wednesday, Christian charity, World Vision, said.

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‘France won't buy vaccines through WHO's COVAX scheme’

France will provide funding for an initiative led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to buy potential COVID-19 vaccines, but will not source shots through the programme, an official at the French Health Ministry said on Thursday.

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Ivory Coast ex-PM, barred from standing for President, wants Ouattara blocked

Former Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, a leading candidate barred from standing against President Alassane Ouattara in an election in October, called on Thursday for the opposition to block Outtara’s re-election by any lawful means.

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Islamic State claims killing of French aid workers in Niger

Islamic State has credited its West Africa affiliate for killing six French aid workers and their Nigerien guide and driver at a giraffe reserve in Niger on August 9, according to a statement published by the SITE Intelligence Group on Thursday.

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