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Ramaphosa political fate hangs in balance in South Africa

The political future of President Cyril Ramaphosa hung in the balance on Friday, as South Africans wondered whether he would cling to power or resign over accusations that he sought to cover up a burglary at his farm.. - Cash under cushions - The president has denied any wrongdoing, saying the accusations against him were "without any merit." 

China further relaxes Covid rules after protests

Cities across China further unwound Covid restrictions Friday, loosening testing and quarantine rules in the wake of nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedoms.. In the wake of the unrest across China, a number of cities have begun loosening Covid restrictions, such as moving away from daily mass testing requirements, a tedious mainstay of life under Beijing's stringent zero-Covid policy.

Hair transplant fad turns deadly in India

All that balding Indian television executive Athar Rasheed wanted was to look handsome and get married.. Rasheed was the sole breadwinner for his family and aspired to a better life -- owning a house and getting his two sisters married.

In crowded camps, Rohingya refugees embrace family planning

Rohingya cleric Abdur Rashid still believes children are divine gifts, but life in a Bangladeshi refugee camp with six little mouths to feed has left him and his wife unwilling to accept another heavenly blessing.. "Children are blessings from God and he's the one who arranges necessities for them -- but we have been stuck in this squalid camp for years now," Rashid told AFP. "I prefer not to bring in any more life in the face of this hardship."

Le bromance breaks out at Biden-Macron state visit

Between the hugs, hand clasps, compliments and musings over love, it's safe to say that Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron cemented le bromance Thursday.. Throughout one especially prolonged hand clasp, Macron gazed right at his host, while Biden looked out sideways, over the arrayed journalists.

'I like Hitler': Kanye doubles down in wild Infowars stream

Kanye West sparked outrage on Thursday by declaring his "love" of Nazis and admiration for Adolf Hitler himself during a rambling, hours-long livestream with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.. Thursday's livestream sparked immediate condemnation from the Republican Jewish Coalition, which dubbed the three men "a disgusting triumvirate of conspiracy theorists, Holocaust deniers, and anti-Semites."

On UK's south coast, even winter fails to stem migrant arrivals

From the white cliffs above Dover, on England's south coast, it's possible to watch as migrants who have attempted to cross from northern France in small boats are brought ashore.. In the meantime, Paris and London signed an agreement in mid-November with the UK agreeing to pay France another 72.2 million euros ($74.5 million) to prevent migrant boat crossings.

Beckmann self-portrait breaks German auction record

A self-portrait by expressionist artist Max Beckmann smashed the record price for a painting sold at auction in Germany, when it went under the hammer in Berlin on Thursday.. The record price for a painting by the artist was set in 2017 when his work "Hoelle der Voegel" (Bird's Hell) -- among Beckmann's most important anti-Nazi statements -- sold at Christie's in London in 2017 for 36 million pounds ($46 million, 41 million euros at the time).

Taliban take off air Radio Free Europe's Afghan service

The Taliban on Thursday removed from the airwaves US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghanistan service, which has vowed not to comply with the country's Islamist rulers.. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which is funded by the US Congress but editorially independent, confirmed that Azadi was taken off the AM and FM dials and vowed to expand efforts so Afghans can access the service through other means.