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South Africa's top court okays secret no-confidence Zuma ballot, but won't order one 18:34 GMT

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that secret ballots may be held for motions of no confidence in parliament, a potential blow to the tenure of beleaguered President Jacob Zuma who said such a vote would be unfair.  Full Article

 
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South Africa's Zuma says secret no-confidence vote in him "not fair" 14:31 GMT 

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said a secret ballot in parliament in a motion of no-confidence against him would not be fair as it was meant to help the opposition parties garner a majority they do not have.  Full Article  

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Dreyer gets debut as Boks test out tightheads 12:49 GMT 

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa have handed prop Ruan Dreyer a first cap after including him among four changes in the team to face France in the third and final test at Ellis Park on Saturday, coach Allister Coetzee announced on Thursday.  Full Article  

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EU flexes military muscles with new defence plan 19:08 GMT 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defence plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad.  Full Article  

 
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