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A seller shows silver jewellery at her store in Guzhou Township of Rongjiang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 9, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Bingzhen)

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

10 Things to Know for Wednesday:

1. The United Nations is preparing to deploy a third rapid reaction battalion to support the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), officials said.

2. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday revealed that most of the complaints of violations that it received were to do with the lack of “equality” followed by unfair labour practices and the lack of access to health care, water, food, and social security.

3. Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority is offering a bonus of up to $8,700 to civilians willing to temporarily serve as inspectors in the expulsion of asylum seekers, daily Haaretz reported.

4. The United National Transport Union (UNTU), which represents workers at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), said its members would no longer work on a notorious rail line between Cape Town and Khayelitsha township after a security guard was shot dead late on Tuesday.

5. Tunisia’s main opposition party has called for more protests against the “unjust” 2018 budget despite the death of a protester on Monday as unrest spread to more than 10 towns across the North African Country, Reuters reports.

6. Four South Sudanese government soldiers have been killed and two members of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) have been wounded following renewed clashes outside the capital Juba, AP reported.

7. Libya’s navy says some 100 migrants are believed missing at sea and that at least 279 others have been rescued off the Libyan coast.

8. China is not going to take part in a meeting on North Korea in Vancouver, the meeting will not help solve the problem, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday.

9. Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $50 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 in a new search area in the Southern Indian ocean.

10. Drones were spotted 88 times near aeroplanes in Germany in 2017, according to the air-traffic control centre and pilots.

– African News Agency (ANA)