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BEIRUT — Fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces eased yesterday as a Russian-led effort to shore up a ceasefire took effect, although battles continued on an important frontline near Hama, a rebel commander and war monitor said. ...

SEOUL — North Korea on Friday accused the US Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s intelligence service of a plot to attack its “supreme leadership” with a bio-chemical weapon and said such a “pipe-dream” could never succeed. ...

JOHANNESBURG — Several pupils and mourners at the Verena mass funeral for 16 pupils who were killed in a horrific taxi crash had to be escorted to a mobile clinic outside the packed marquee, after some were overwhelmed with grief and collapsed. ...

AT least 200 schoolgirls have been hospitalised in the Indian capital Delhi after a gas leak from a container depot, police have said. ...

JOHANNESBURG — One police officer was shot and killed and another was injured when unknown suspects opened fire on them during a stop and search operation in Soshanguve, north of Tshwane on Friday, Gauteng police said. ...

TURKEY’S top politicians made a final effort yesterday to sway undecided voters in a frenetic end to a bitterly-contested campaign in the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. ...

Washington — A new declassified report says Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered” an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Donald Trump US intelligence officials released the 25-page public version of the report on Friday, after they briefed President-elect Donald Trump and top lawmakers on Capitol Hill from a longer, classified version....

Jacob Zuma Johannesburg – The birth of the African National Congress was like the day Jesus was born, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. ...

Lagos – West African leaders will make a decision Saturday on how to resolve Gambia’s electoral crisis and its longtime leader’s refusal to accept defeat in elections, Nigeria’s presidential spokesperson said on Friday. A military intervention led by Senegal could be in the offing. ...

Fort Lauderdale — At least five people have been shot dead and eight others wounded in a shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the US state of Florida. ...