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SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande Soweto — SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande has slammed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free tertiary education during his address at the Joe Slovo commemoration held at the Avalon Cemetery in Soweto on Saturday morning. ...

RIYADH – Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills, Saudi media reported on Saturday. ...

Kano — The Islamic State faction of Boko Haram on Friday said it was responsible for a late December attack on Nigerian army barracks, claiming it killed nine soldiers and took military equipment. ...

Toronto — Passengers were forced to evacuate via emergency slides in the frigid cold on Friday night after two planes collided on the ground at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. No injuries have been reported. ...

Johannesburg — President Jacob Zuma extended his deepest condolences to families of those who died during the horrific collision which occurred in Kroonstad on Thursday between a passenger train and a truck. ...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres New York — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday congratulated George Weah on his victory in Liberia’s presidential election and praised the peaceful conduct of the vote. ...

Bamako — Mali’s Prime Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga and his government resigned on Friday, a surprise move just months ahead of presidential polls. ...

An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi and 19 others to three years in prison on charges of insulting the judiciary. ...

Bangkok — A 27-year-old woman from the Cote d’Ivoire has been arrested on the Thai island of Phuket after an airport X-ray found more than 1kg of cocaine in her stomach wrapped in scores of small packets. ...

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson UNITED NATIONS — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a “sustained cessation” of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. ...