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WHO says it still doesn’t have full access to Ethiopia’s Tigray – SABC News

The World Health Organization said on Friday that it still does not have the unrestricted access to Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region called for in the ceasefire signed a month ago. Ethiopia’s government and regional powers from Tigray agreed on Nov. 2 to end hostilities, a dramatic diplomatic break from two years of war that has killed thousands, displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands facing starvation. Troops from Eritrea, to the north, and forces from Ethiopia’s neighboring Amhara region, to the south, fought alongside the Ethiopian military in Tigray, but…

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Iran state body reports 200 killed in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’ – SABC News

President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, protecting the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says have cost more than 300 lives. Meanwhile, a top state security official said 200 people, including members of the security forces, had lost their lives in the unrest, a figure significantly lower than that given by the world body and human rights groups. The protests, now in their third month, were fueled by the death of 22-year-old…

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US to hike solar panel tariffs after probe finds Chinese cover-up – SABC News

The United States will impose new tariffs on imports from some major Chinese solar panel makers after a months-long investigation found they were trying to avoid the tariffs by finishing their products in Southeast Asian countries, trade officials said on Friday. The preliminary ruling was bad news for U.S. solar project developers who rely on cheap imports to fuel their growth, but it did not address the industry’s worst fears that Washington would impose new tariffs to cover all solar supplies from the region, instead of just those from specific…

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British crime agency arrests ‘rich Russian’ for money laundering – SABC News

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Saturday it had arrested a “wealthy Russian businessman” on suspicion of money laundering and other crimes as part of a crackdown on corrupt oligarchs. The NCA said the 58-year-old was among three men arrested by officers from the Counter-Kleptocracy Cell (CKC) on Thursday at a “multi-million dollar residence” in London. The Russian embassy in London has requested information from the British Foreign Ministry about the reasons and circumstances of the detention of the unidentified businessman and the conditions in which he was held,…

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“Janusz Walus’ imminent release is a painful moment for most South Africans”: Cosatu – SABC News

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says the impending release of Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus, is a painful moment for most South Africans. Walus is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed in prison at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility in Pretoria this week. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said Walus was in a stable condition. He was due to be released on Thursday after being granted parole by the Constitutional Court, but his hospitalization for the stabbing forced a delay in his release. Favorite figure…

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Hawks arrest 9 suspected rhino poachers in Mpumalanga – SABC News

Nine suspects aged between 22 and 26 have been arrested for fraud and corruption related to rhino poaching. They were arrested following a multi-disciplinary operation carried out by the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo. They are expected to appear in the Bushbuckridge Magistrates Court on Wednesday, along with two rangers from the Kruger National Park, Soli Ubisi and Chikwa Maluleke. Ubisi and Maluleke were arrested in April for an alleged wildlife trafficking scam. They apparently provided tactical information to rhino poachers. Hawks spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Dineo Sekgothodi, says they…

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OVERVIEW | Argentina must avoid Australia upset to keep Messi dream alive – SABC News

Argentina are hot favorites to beat Australia on Saturday in pursuit of Lionel Messi’s dream of winning a first World Cup, but they have learned more than anyone not to underestimate the underdogs, especially the struggling Socceroos. Argentina suffered one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history with their opening defeat to Saudi Arabia, but regained their composure to see off Mexico and Poland in the round of 16. Australia, ranked 35 places below Argentina, have already exceeded expectations by winning twice to book their place at Qatar’s Ahmad…

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National credit regulator calls for more responsible use of credit – SABC News

The National Credit Regulator has urged consumers to take the rising cost of living into account when they go out this festive season. The total number of civil summonses issued for debt increased by 11.1% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of last year, according to data released by Stats SA last month. Many consumers are still servicing high levels of debt and the regulator is calling for more responsible use of credit. According to National Credit Regulator (NCR) Liaison Officer, Didi Segawane, rising interest…

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Italian Catholic Church reintroduces handshake during Mass – SABC News

The Italian Catholic Church is reintroducing a “sign of peace” handshake during Mass as part of a wider easing of measures against COVID-19. “It will be possible to restore the usual form of exchanging the sign of peace,” the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) said in a letter to bishops. The letter, published by public broadcaster RAI and other Italian media on Saturday, was originally published on the CEI website on Friday. The “sign of peace” comes after the Lord’s Prayer and before the sacrament of Holy Communion as a way…

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OVERVIEW | Holland must show it’s not just talk – SABC News

After much posturing, the Netherlands must now deliver if they are to fulfill their own World Cup prophecy, starting with the first knockout stage clash against the United States on Saturday. There was a lot of talk – from everyone in the Dutch camp – about the team’s potential to go all the way at the tournament in Qatar, mainly from veteran coach Louis van Gaal, who enjoys a bit of mental coaxing and sparring. But despite winning their first-round group, there was little evidence to support their confidence as…

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