AFRICA

  • SALTA, Argentina (AP) — A narrow loss to South Africa doesn't go down well anymore with Argentina.

  • Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy. Three hotels with rooms costing about 150 yuan ($23) a night told Reuters that they had received police notices from as early as March telling them to turn away people from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. The notice appears only to apply to cheaper hotels at the bottom of the price scale.

  • OSLO, Norway (AP) — Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies. The Maoist rebels announced their agreement to put down their arms in a joint statement with Philippine government officials at the end of weeklong talks in Norway. The government announced its own cease-fire earlier. Some 150,000 people have died in the conflict that began almost half a century ago. Both sides said they had made important progress in the talks in Oslo in advancing a peace process that has dragged on for decades. "The joint statement we...

  • Australia and South Africa would lose one team each under a potential new streamlined 16-team Super Rugby model under consideration, a report said on Friday. The southern hemisphere-based tournament was only expanded this year to 18 teams with the addition of new sides from Argentina, Japan and South Africa. Another proposal would see South Africa losing two teams while yet another model involves expanding the tournament, as officials tinker with ways to improve the geographically stretched competition.

  • Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed the decision to rest skipper Steve Smith for the remaining one-day international series against Sri Lanka after criticism from ex-captain Michael Clarke, reports said on Friday. Smith will miss three ODIs and two Twenty20 games to return home and prepare for next month's one-day series in South Africa. Smith played in all three losing Tests against the Sri Lankans and the first two one-day internationals before it was announced he would fly home to rest up.

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