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Zim ‘not closing’ M&G owner’s papers

Zimbabwe's government-appointed Media and Information Commission will not close down two popular private newspapers even if owner Trevor Ncube -- also the publisher of the Mail & Guardian in South Africa -- loses his Zimbabwean citizenship, state television reported late on Wednesday.

‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown dies in Atlanta

James Brown, the legendary singer known as the ''Godfather of Soul'', has died in Atlanta, his agent said early on Monday. He was 73. Brown was seen as a crucial figure in the evolution of gospel and R&B into soul and funk. His music also spanned genres such as rock, jazz, reggae and hip-hop.

Chad increases its defences

With humanitarian groups sounding the alarm about the violence in eastern Chad near Sudan, the Chadian government has sent troops south to neighbouring Central African Republic to battle rebels there who, it said, are being backed by Sudan. Chad is already contributing troops to a regional peacekeeping force in CAR but the prime minister said last week that he wants to send more.

PW: A ‘reformer without results’

South African politicians paid tribute on Wednesday to former president PW Botha, who died on Tuesday night at his home in the Western Cape. Messages were received from President Thabo Mbeki, former presidents FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, former parliamentarian Helen Suzman and many others.

UK terror plot: SAA warns of delays

South African Airways (SAA) passengers flying from the United Kingdom back home will be subjected to strict security screenings and the carriage of normal cabin luggage will not be allowed after United Kingdom police thwarted a plot to blow up aircraft in mid-flight. SAA has also warned of inevitable delays.

Blair hopeful of Israel-Lebanon ceasefire

The United Kingdom hopes a peace plan for Lebanon can emerge within days that could lead to a cessation of hostilities, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday. But he said details need to be worked out for an international force before a ceasefire could be declared that would hold on both sides.

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