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South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

A South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has been found guilty of assault, local media report. Lethebo Rabalago – widely known as the Doom Pastor – was also found guilty of contravening the Agricultural Stock Remedies Act, a court ruling said. Rabalago claims the insect repellent he used in 2016 could heal cancer and ...

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Venezuelans rush to the border as Colombia tightens controls

Thousands of Venezuelans have rushed to border crossings with Colombia after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a tightening of controls. Only those who have registered for a special border card or can produce a passport will be able to cross. They fear it will become more difficult for them to enter Colombia once the measures are fully implemented. Thousands ...

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Israel jet crashes amid Syrian fire

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has crashed amid Syrian anti-aircraft fire after an offensive against Iranian targets in Syria, the Israeli military says. The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel. It is believed to be the first time Israel has lost a jet in the Syrian conflict. Israel was carrying out strikes after the launch of ...

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Winter Olympics: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang. It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders. Mr Moon said the Koreas should “make it happen” and encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the US. The handwritten invitation was delivered by Mr Kim’s influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, ...

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Trump praises aide accused of abuse

US President Donald Trump has praised a former aide who resigned this week amid allegations of domestic abuse. “We wish him well,” he said in his first public remarks about the claims against ex-White House staff secretary Rob Porter. “He worked very hard.” Questions are being asked about who in the White House knew what and when about the Porter ...

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Ugandans suspended over ‘refugee scam’

Four Ugandan government officials have been suspended amid allegations of inflating refugee figures. Uganda’s Commissioner for Refugees Apollo Kazungu and three of his senior staff are being investigated. Investigations will also consider whether officials from UN aid agencies were involved. Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees – welcoming more than any other country in 2016 – mostly ...

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US gov’t shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget. Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote. The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about ...

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Emergency door falls off Nigerian plane

A Nigerian airline has blamed a passenger after one of its aircraft doors fell off shortly after landing. The flight from Lagos to Abuja was taxiing on the runway when the emergency exit door came away. Dana Air denied that it was caused by a mechanical fault, and said the door could not fall off “without a conscious effort by ...

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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma could quit within days – ANC

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is holding direct talks with embattled President Jacob Zuma over a transfer of power. Mr Ramaphosa, who heads South Africa’s governing party, said both he and Mr Zuma understood the need for a speedy resolution. He said the pair aim to conclude talks on the president’s future within days. It is being ...

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North Korea military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

North Korea appears to have held a low-key military parade, a day ahead of the Winter Olympics, South Korean media said. The annual event is usually held in April, but Pyongyang hit back at US criticism of its decision to bring it forward. State TV began showing patriotic films in what appeared to be a prelude to a live broadcast. ...

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