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Zimbabweans burnt to death | Repo rate pain | Abdullah Ibrahim tribute | Sex abuse claims at UN camp | Iran's Amini rage rises | Putin, you’re in a hole — stop digging | An en-tyre elephant

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Three Zimbabweans were burnt to death in Chavani village outside Elim on Saturday. They had been accused of stealing cables and solar panels. More than 200 immigrants are living in the bush in fear.

GroundUp News
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A 75 basis point hike brings the repo rate to 6.25% and prime to 9.75%, heaping more pain on a distressed economy. The rand, which is at R17.80/$ after starting the year below R16, is taking strain.

Fin24
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Coastal communities must return to court as Shell, Impact Africa and Mantashe seek leave to appeal against the judgment that stopped oil and gas exploration off the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast.

Daily Maverick
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Legendary jazz musician's New York City concerts show that the brilliant pianist and composer who turns 88 next month is unstoppable. He is part of our heritage.

The Mail & Guardian
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News From Our Continent

There were seven years’ worth of warning signs. So why have efforts been so slow to prevent sexual abuse at Malakal?

Al Jazeera
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World News

Amini was arrested by morality police for 'immodest clothing' and died in detention. Protests started after her funeral with women waving their headscarves in the air shouting, Death to the dictator.

BBC News
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Fu Zhenghua, who had led high-profile investigations into corruption, was accused of accepting bribes. He was given a death sentence that will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years.

The Guardian
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Russia’s sabre-rattling is unnerving people, even as Vladimir Putin calls up military reserves and threatens shambolic referendums in four Ukrainian provinces partially controlled by his military.

Daily Maverick
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A boat with migrants from Lebanon capsized off Syria's coast yesterday leaving 34 people dead. Lebanon has seen a spike in migration driven by one of the world's worst economic crises since 1850.

News24
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Health News

A potentially life-saving or life-extending breast cancer medicine is available to public sector patients in several provinces but not the Western Cape. What's behind the Western Cape govt’s decision?

Spotlight
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Sport

The snub prompted uproar from some who expressed dismay at the Protea skipper being overlooked by the six franchises. The lack of black African players chosen was striking.

Sport24
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And Then There's This ....

Villu Jaanisoo pushes the boundaries by experimenting with different media to create thought-provoking sculptures. One impressive example is his life-size tyre elephant in a park in Finland.

My Modern Met
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Tweet of the Week goes to @colmflynnire for:

For the past 20 years I've received a Valentines card from the same secret admirer. So I was pretty upset when I didn't get one this year.... First my granny dies and now this.

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