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The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday that 25 migrants had been found dead aboard an inflatable dinghy in the southern Mediterranean. MSF said its chartered rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, picked up 107 people aboard the boat 26 nautical miles off Libya on Tuesday. The Bourbon Argos was then called away to another rescue operation nearby, saving 139 people aboard another vessel.
Students at South African universities and higher education institutions will receive an extra 17 billion rand ($1.2 billion) over the next three years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. The government of Africa's most industrilised country is under pressure to improve access to education following the protests that have disrupted learning at various campuses but has said in response to the protests that it could not allocate extra funds to education at the expense of health or housing. Weeks of demonstrations calling for the scrapping of university fees, prohibitive for many black students, have highlighted frustration at enduring inequalities in South Africa more than two decades after the end of white minority rule.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African police fired stun grenades, water canon and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse students protesting outside parliament over the cost of university tuition fees, a Reuters witness said. The demonstration took place as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was delivering his medium term budget policy statement. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Stella Mapenzauswa; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by James Macharia)