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SAPS big fish arrested | Gordhan has a plan | Capital punishment ended in CAPITAL LETTERS | Fury in Iran | Abu Akleh’s killing ‘deliberate’ | Book bans on the rise | Will robots get the joke?

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The swoop on former SAPS chief Kgomotso Phahlane and generals in Crime Intelligence is bound to stir up a vipers’ nest. More arrests can be expected with a paper trail leading to Fikile Mbalula.

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Pravin Gordhan says his department has been working around the clock with Eskom to ease power cuts. Interventions include recruiting former Eskom employees and approval to procure 1,200MW of power.

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The Executive Ethics Code must be changed to require members of the executive to disclose donations received in internal political party campaigns. The law in its current guise is unconstitutional.

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But even the late judgments report appears to be late. Overall there were 830 reserved judgments, the longest outstanding one dating back to 12 December 2012.

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#UniteBehind activists held a protest at Mouille Point's Mini Blue Train, the one train that has consistently run on time and safely for over 60 years, to highlight the breakdown of commuter rail.

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News From Our Continent

'I am writing in capitals to seal this unique moment: "EQUATORIAL GUINEA HAS ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY",' Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Facebook.

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World News

Mahsa Amini died on Friday after she was arrested by the morality police for not wearing the hijab and her trousers correctly, unleashing fury in the streets against the treatment handed out to women.

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A probe by Forensic Architecture and Al-Haq reveals that an Israeli sniper repeatedly shot at Abu Akleh. According to the investigation, the sniper targeted those who tried to rescue the journalist.

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More than 1600 book titles were banned in schools over the past year because of groups like Moms for Liberty, pushing to ban books covering LGBTQIA+ topics or with black protagonists.

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Health News

When Novel Chegou arrived in Stellenbosch from Cameroon in 2004 he sold African crafts for money to study. Today he's a professor in molecular biology and human henetics and heads a TB research lab.

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Sport

The Lithuanian ultrarunner ran 319.6km at the 24-hour European championships in Verona, averaging 4:30/km over 24 hours. He began running in 2013 to get in shape when he weighed 100kg and didn't stop.

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And Then There's This ...

Scientists are teaching Erica, an advanced humanoid robot, the nuances of laughter. She isn't ready for the stand-up circuit but there may soon come a day when it truly feels like she gets your jokes.

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