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S. Korea ferry operator CEO jailed for 10 years

The head of the company that operated South Korea's ill-fated Sewol ferry was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday, after being convicted of manslaughter over the disaster that killed more than 300 people.
A court in the southern city of Gwangju determined that Kim Han-Sik, CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co., had allowed the ferry to be routinely overloaded and approved illegal renovations to increase its passenger capacity.
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Russia fights Western ‘propaganda’

Russia has opened a television channel in Britain and launched a new foreign news service called Sputnik as it pulls out all the stops to promote its “alternative” voice abroad, while at home it cracks down on opposition media.
At the lavish launch of Sputnik last week, its chief Dmitry Kiselyov, who has famously said Russia was the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash”, said the new service aims to fight “aggressive propaganda that is now being fed to the world”.
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SA Parliament accord in tatters

A fragile truce between political parties in Parliament fell apart on Wednesday night after the opposition pushed ahead with a motion accusing President Jacob Zuma of dodging questions over his Nkandla homestead.
Insults flew and countless frivolous motions were moved as the ANC filibustered for some four hours to delay the debate on the Democratic Alliance’s motion demanding Zuma be censured.
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51 killed in gang crackdown

Police have conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, in a crackdown against organised crime gangs.
This claim was made by Human Rights Watch.
The government called the claims exaggerated and pointed to convictions of police involved in the sweep.
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Zambia sets presidential poll date

Zambia's acting president on Tuesday announced that a special election to replace the country's late leader will be held on January 20 next year.
The polls come after the 77-year-old president Michael Sata passed away in London in October from an undisclosed ailment.
Guy Scott said the elections will be held in accordance with the Zambian constitution, within 90 days of Sata's death.
“The presidential by-election shall be held on Tuesday 20 January, 2015,” said Scott.
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Municipality spends N$15m on takeaways

Tshwane administrators were at pains to explain how a whopping N$15 million was spent in one month on takeaways for municipal employees working overtime.
The City of Tshwane’s tender statistics for August last year, tabled at a municipal public accounts portfolio meeting last Friday, reflected this exorbitant amount spent on food, leaving members astonished.
Municipal spokesman Lindela Mashigo said the city would be able to respond to questions about the matter yesterday as the clarification still had to be extracted from the system.
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Oscar opposes State's appeal bid

Lawyers for paralympian Oscar Pistorius have filed papers opposing the State's application to appeal his culpable homicide conviction and sentence.
In papers filed this week, posted on broadcaster eNCA's website, Pistorius' lawyers argued there was no error of law when he was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp.
He shot her dead through the locked toilet door in his Pretoria home on February 14 last year.
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SADC observers warned not to interfere

Foreign election observers have been warned not to get involved or interfere with the electoral process of Namibia’s general election on November 28. The warning was issued yesterday by the deputy leader of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) Election Observer Mission to Namibia, Jospeh Njobvuyalema. Njobvuyalema was speaking during a training and orientation workshop for observers. “The emphasis is to observe; it is to gather information and come out with an informed judgement. It is different from monitoring. Read more about SADC observers warned not to interfere

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Tunisia votes for president to round off transition

Tunisia holds its first multi-candidate presidential election on Sunday in the final stage of a post-revolution transition that has set it apart from the turmoil of other Arab Spring states.
Twenty-seven candidates are in the running, with former premier Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran of Tunisian politics whose anti-Islamist party Nidaa Tounes won an October 26 parliamentary election, the hot favourite.
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Career diplomat named Burkina Faso’s interim leader

Career diplomat Michel Kafando was named on Monday as Burkina Faso’s interim president to steer the West African nation during a one-year transition back to civilian rule following the toppling of its veteran leader. The appointment of the former foreign minister and UN ambassador is set to end weeks of uncertainty after violent protests brought down the 27-year regime of president Blaise Compaore and the military seized power. Read more about Career diplomat named Burkina Faso’s interim leader

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