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Tobacco bill: Getting tougher to be a puffer | VC bullying claims rock UCT | Ukraine liberates Lyman | Battle for Brazil | Swedish geneticist wins Nobel | Littlefeather dies | Smashing pumpkin record

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New law proposes greater restrictions on smoking in public, introduces plain packaging and picture warnings, bans vending machine sales and point of sale advertising, and regulates e-cigarettes.

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SA’s top university has lost almost half its senior leadership team in the past four years. The UCT Council is described as increasingly toxic, with accusations of racism and claims of cover-ups.

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The delayed vessel carrying much-needed jet fuel for Cape Town International Airport has docked in the harbour and jet fuel deliveries to the airport are expected to resume this evening.

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Fed-up with the failure of the authorities to provide them with water, about 300 families in Mbokota village pooled their money to drill boreholes. But there still isn't enough water for everyone.

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Somali authorities say al-Shabab's number-two has been killed. Abdullahi Nadir had a $3 million bounty on his head by the US. Somalia’s president recently declared 'total war' on al-Shabab.

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Njuguna Ndung'u has the experience that suits Ruto’s bottom-up economics but has a tough job. The government is spending more than it gets in revenue, inflation is rising and the shilling is tumbling.

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World News

Criticism rises in Russia as Ukrainian forces celebrate the recapture of Lyman. Lyman’s liberation could see Ukraine’s takeover of the oldest hotbeds of pro-Russian separatism in Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Lula won the first round with 48% to Bolsonaro’s 43%. But the far right leader's unexpectedly high share has shattered predictions that his re-election is beyond his reach in the 30 October run-off.

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The supreme leader calls the anti-government protests that began after the death of Mahsa Amini 'riots'. Protests have gripped Iran for more than two weeks and have led to the death of dozens.

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Swedish geneticist honoured for sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal, an extinct relative of present-day humans. Through his pioneering research Pääbo accomplished something seemingly impossible.

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Native American Sacheen Littlefeather declined Marlon Brando's award for The Godfather in 1973, and was booed while speaking on stage at the event 50 years ago. 'I knew that I had to speak the truth.'

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Health

In 2015, the WHO recommended a urine test that helps with the detection of TB in people living with HIV who have compromised immune systems. After a slow start, uptake for the test is picking up.

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Sport

The winners of $29,000 (R520,000) at an Ohio fishing tournament were disqualified after their fish were found stuffed with lead weights. Ballooning prizes have made the sport more competitive.

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And Then There's This ...

A 1158kg pumpkin grown in upstate New York set the US record this weekend for the heaviest at a Great Pumpkin festival in Buffalo. An Italian farmer's 1226kg pumpkin is the world's heaviest specimen.

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