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South Africa's Zuma says arms probe finds no evidence of corruption, fraud JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that an investigation into a major arms deal arranged by the government in the late 1990s had found no evidence of corruption or fraud as alleged by critics.The 30 billion rand ($2.1 billion) deal to buy European military equipment has cast a shadow over politics in Africa's most industrialised economy for years. Zuma was deputy president at the time of the deal."No evidence was found as well through the Commission's own independent inquiries," Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday.His former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was found guilty and jailed in 2005 of trying to solicit bribes worth 500,000 rand a year for Zuma from a French arms company.Then-president Thabo Mbeki sacked Zuma as his deputy in after he was also implicated in the deal. It was alleged that Zuma had offered to protect the French firm from an investigation ...

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'Concerned' UN pushes S. Sudan's Machar to return to Juba UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council expressed "serious concern" on Tuesday over delays in the return of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal.The 15-member council met behind closed doors at the request of the United States to hear a report on the latest hurdle in the way of the agreement to end the two-year civil war.Council members "urged all parties to quickly form the transitional ...

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Hollande talks business on second day of Egypt visit CAIRO: French President Francois Hollande discussed economic and cultural ties in Egypt Monday, a day after he arrived to a lavish welcome quickly overshadowed by his host's controversial human rights record.Hollande, who is visiting Cairo as part of a regional tour, attended a business forum with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with both countries hoping to boost trade and investments.Allegations of human rights abuses under Sisi's government dominated a joint press conference on Sunday, ...

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UN chief urges rival South Sudan leaders to form government soon JUBA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the leaders of war-torn South Sudan to form a transitional government quickly and roll out other parts of a fragile peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.Ban made the comments in telephone calls on Sunday with President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, who is due to return to Juba this week to take up his former post as deputy to the ...

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing postponed to June: judge PRETORIA: Disgraced South African athlete Oscar Pistorius's sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will be handed down in June, a judge said during a brief hearing in Pretoria on Monday.Pistorius's lawyers last month failed in their final legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that upgraded his conviction from culpable homicide -- the equivalent of manslaughter -- to murder.The double-amputee killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, on ...

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South Sudan readies for rebel chief's return JUBA: South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar will return to the capital Monday for the first time since war began, his spokesman said, a key step in salvaging a floundering peace agreement.Machar's return as part of the August 2015 peace deal is seen as the best hope yet for ending more than two years of civil war that has left the world's youngest nation in chaos and pushed it to the brink of famine.Tens of ...

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France's Hollande begins two-day visit to Egypt CAIRO: French President Francois Hollande arrived in Cairo on Sunday for a two-day visit seen as a boost for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with security and economic cooperation on the table.Hollande arrived from Beirut, as part of a regional tour that will also take him to Jordan. A beaming Sisi greeted the French president at Cairo airport, live footage on state television showed.Hollande brings a delegation of business leaders in tow, and he and Sisi ...