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South Africa’s Pistorius ‘lonely and alienated’: family

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius’ decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder was “unwise” but it was done because the 27-year-old is “lonely and alienated”, his family said on Wednesday. Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district over the weekend. “Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices,” Pistorius’ uncle Leo said in a statement. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behavior.” The athlete, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fiber prosthetic running legs he uses, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year.

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Highest price of top Kenya tea grade rises at auction

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The highest price for top-grade Kenyan tea rose at this week’s sale to $3.64 per kg from $3.30 per kg last week, Tea Brokers East Africa said on Tuesday. Kenya is the world’s leading exporter of black tea and the crop is a major foreign exchange earner for the country’s economy, together with horticultural products and tourism. Best Broken Pekoe Ones (BP1s) fetched $2.42-$3.64 per kg from $2.22-$3.30 per kg last week. Best Brighter Pekoe Fanning Ones (PF1s) sold at $2.56-$2.92 per kg compared with $2.28-$2.68 per kg last week. …

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South African athlete Pistorius in night club altercation

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defence in his murder trial. The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district, reportedly after the athlete made disparaging comments about Mortimer’s friends. Pistorius’ family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said the argument started after Mortimer started to “aggressively interrogate” Pistorius about the murder trial, which has attracted huge domestic and international attention. The 27-year-old, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year.

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Restoration work to go on at Rome’s Colosseum after last battle

Italian authorities gave the thumbs-up to the company restoring Rome’s Colosseum – once the site of gladiator fights and re-enactments of Roman battles – to carry on their work after a dispute with a rival for the contract. The task is one of several privately-funded projects to save Italy’s historic and cultural landmarks from decay. Two Italian companies, Gherardini and Lucci, had bid for the contract, financed by 25 million euro ($34.1 million) in sponsorship from luxury shoemaker Tod’s. The council of state, Italy’s highest administrative appeals court, said on Monday that Gherardini, which had already begun the work, could continue. The council upheld a decision by a regional court which found that Lucci, another contract bidder, had not shown it had sufficient technical capability to restore the monument, which was built in the 1st Century A.D. Elsewhere in Rome, jeweller Bulgari and fashion house Fendi, both owned by LVMH are paying to restore the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain respectively.

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