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An Alabama cheerleader is reflected in the costume of a band member before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!

10 Things to Know for Tuesday:

1. Metrorail said on Tuesday that it would launch an investigation into the cause of the accident that left more than 200 people injured when two passenger trains collided at Geldenhuis Station in Germiston, east of Johannesburg.

2. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Tuesday warned of false advertisements circulating on social media calling for the recruitment of new members for Military Skills Development System.

3. A Hong Kong businessman will face trial next year after pleading not guilty to a United Nations-linked conspiracy case involving millions of dollars in bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister, the Associated Press reported.

4. KwaZulu-Natal Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Transport, Mxolisi Kaunda, has decided to partially reopen local taxi routes in Ladysmith despite the resurgence of violence in the area.

5. The ongoing drought in the southern Drakensberg region has resulted in an innovative scheme which will allow for a water release at the N3TC Drak Challenge on the weekend of January 20-21.

Organisers have confirmed that will, for the first time, allow for a water release to supplement the level of the uMzimkhuklu River on the first stage of the race.

6. At least 29 people have been killed, several injured and more than 13,000 displaced after a cyclone hit the eastern part of Madagascar over the weekend, Reuters reported.

7. A three-year-old child has miraculously survived a mass drowning off the Libyan coast after 64 African migrants drowned in the Mediterranean after their sinking, overcrowded rubber dinghy overturned, AP reported.

8. Iranian parliament member says some 3,700 people were arrested during days of protests, unrest in Iran.

9. Tunisia’s economy is experiencing difficulties but 2018 will be the last year of hardship, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday after a night of protests against austerity measures.

10. Talks to form a new German government involving Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the biggest center-left party pressed ahead Tuesday amid irritation over a negotiator’s announcement that a deal on energy policy had been reached.

– African News Agency (ANA)