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Covid conspiracies help nobody | By-election shocks | Benin bronzes go home | 'Russia leaves death everywhere' | So many Trump scandals so little time | The Goat retires | Two-headed tortoise turns 25

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'The continued pushing of a lab-leak theory is unsupported and dangerous. Those promoting conspiracy theories inflict extraordinary damage on our ability to effectively advance global health.'

Foreign Policy
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Abulele Kwindana from Tsilithwa village was 19 when he was accused of stock theft. The traditional court in his village took a decision to kill him. The cattle were later found, but Kwindana was dead.

GroundUp News
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Ex-head backtracks on claims a lack of funds was why Life Esidimeni contract was ended. The inquest will determine if anyone should be held criminally liable for deaths of 144 mentally-ill patients.

Daily Maverick
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Two by-elections brought a night of high drama as the DA won an outright majority in Prince Albert in the Central Karoo while the IFP shocked the ANC in a safe seat just outside Richards Bay.

Daily Maverick
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Dozens of immigrants were ejected from their homes by South Africans who conducted door-to-door searches hunting for foreign nationals. Community members protested against the xenophobic attacks.

GroundUp News
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News From Our Continent

Looted by the British during the colonial era, dozens of bronzes that once decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin in southern Nigeria will return home.

Al Jazeera
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World News

Ukrainian authorities found a grave of more than 440 bodies in the eastern city of Izium that was recaptured. 'Russia leaves death everywhere and must be held responsible,' President Zelenskyy said.

Reuters
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The brutal killing of a Lula supporter and other violent incidents are the product of a toxic climate whipped up by the far-right president, critics say

The Guardian
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School got a court order barring suspended Enoch Burke from the school but he continued to show up. The evangelical Christian calls himself a prisoner of conscience and has rightwing support.

The Guardian
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With the former president, the problem is not finding the outrage but deciding which one is worst.

The New Yorker
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Health

SA’s TB testing numbers have recovered from dramatic declines in 2020, delegates heard at the South African TB Conference. The Department of Health also provided details of its TB plans and targets.

Spotlight
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Sport

Of all the gifts tennis has given me, the greatest has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, competitors and fans who give the sport its life. Today I want to share some news with you.

Reuters
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And Then There's This ...

Janus has two heads, two hearts and two distinct personalities. The world's oldest bicephalic tortoise wouldn't have survived in the wild because he can't retract his heads into his shell to hide.

Reuters
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Quote of the Day

In a world where you can be anything, be the person who ends the meeting early. @Daniel-Abrahams

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