BRIEFLY: 'Give Pistorius 10 years'; UN workers in S. Sudan seized by gunmen; 18 dead in Benghazi clashes; Lesotho MPs dance and sing

The judge is scheduled to sentence Pistorius next Tuesday.

OSCAR Pistorius should be jailed for at least 10 years for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the prosecution said Friday as the star sprinter’s sensational trial approached its climax.

Slapping down defence claims that the “broke and broken” Paralympic and Olympic athlete had already suffered enough, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said “the minimum that society will be happy with is 10 years imprisonment.”

After hearing final arguments from both the defence and prosecution, Judge Thokozile Masipa scheduled sentencing for next Tuesday.

GUNMEN have seized two United Nations workers within the past week in war-torn South Sudan, the peacekeeping mission said Friday in a plea for their release.

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said three contractors were taken on October 10 by up to 20 gunmen in civilian clothes in the northern town of Malakal, but two were later released.

“The third worker is still missing,” UNMISS said.

Another worker from the World Food Programme (WFP) was taken on Thursday by gunmen, also at Malakal airport.

“UNMISS strongly condemns these abductions and demands the safe release of the missing individuals,” a statement said.

The WFP worker, a South Sudanese national, was waiting in line for a flight from Malakal on Thursday when he was “taken at gunpoint… by eight armed men wearing plain clothes,” WFP said.

AT least 18 people were killed in fierce clashes Friday between Islamist groups and forces loyal to the army and an ex-general in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, hospital sources said.

Benghazi Medical Centre said the dead were mostly soldiers and civilians fighting alongside the army in the central district of Al-Majouri.

On Wednesday, forces of retired general Khalifa Haftar, backed by army units, launched what he called an operation to “liberate” Benghazi from Islamist militias that control the eastern city.

LESOTHO King Letsie III re-opened parliament Friday amid tight security, the first step in a peace deal aimed at ending a crisis sparked by an attempted military coup.

Opposition parliamentarians celebrated with song and dance on the floor of the legislature, as the chamber sat for the first time for four months.

Prime Minister Tom Thabane had suspended the body in June fearing a vote of no-confidence that could have booted him from power.

The re-opening of parliament is a key first step in a peace deal following an August 30 coup attempt and will lead to early elections in February 2015.

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