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Cape Town — The sale of live hens has been banned in South Africa after avian flu was confirmed at a farm in Mpumalanga, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced yesterday. ...

Peshawar — Multiple blasts and a gun attack killed more than 60 people and wounded at least 170 in three Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. ...

Kampala — The international community pledged $358m at a fundraising summit on Friday to help Uganda tackle the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, falling well short of expectations. ...

ADDIS ABABA — The African Union urged Djibouti and Eritrea to remain calm and exercise restraint yesterday after Djibouti accused its neighbour of occupying disputed territory along their border following the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers. ...

At least 58 people are now missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, police have said. ...

Moscow — New US sanctions on Russia approved by the Senate would complicate the countries’ relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview yesterday. ...

Cairo — An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced to death 31 Islamists for their part in the June 2015 assassination of the country’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat. ...

President Muhammadu Buhari NIGERIA’S President Muhammadu Buhari has made a rare public appearance amid ongoing questions about the state of his health. ...

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. ...