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  1. Ominous Blast, Pistorius Prison Extension, and Zimbabwe’s New President

    Know This: An explosion has been reported in the last known location of a missing Argentine submarine, dimming hopes that the crew of 44 can be rescued. A South African court has increased the controversial six-year sentence of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, convicted of killing his girlfriend, to 13 years and five months. And a boat carrying eight men claiming to be North Korean fishermen has washed ashore in Japan.

    New Beginning: “He was the country’s spymaster during the 1980s civil conflict, in which thousands of civilians were killed. But he has denied any role in the massacres, blaming the army.” — The BBC describes Zimbabwe’s new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, sworn in as president today in Harare.

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