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Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict. He would be re-sentenced next year

Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting four times through a locked toilet door.

He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.
Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder.
Pistorius, a six-time Paralympic gold medalist whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby, made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012, running on prosthetic "blades".
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South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the lower court did not correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis - whether Pistorius knew that a death would be a likely result of his actions.
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but judges can apply some discretion.
South African law does not make provision for someone to be placed under house arrest for more than five years, so Pistorius will be going back to prison, reports the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.
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The Nigerian Communications Commission has reduced its fine on MTN Nigeria to N674 Billion Naira (R48.7 billion).

MTN received a letter dated 2 December 2015 from the NCC stating it took the decision to reduce the fine on MTN Nigeria from the original N1.04 trillion to N674 billion. The fine has to be paid by 31 December 2015.
The fine relates to the late disconnecting of 5.1 million MTN Nigerian subscribers in August and September 2015.
“We are carefully considering the NCC’s reply, however the Executive Chairman Phuthuma Nhleko will immediately and urgently re-engage with the Nigerian Authorities before responding formally,” said MTN.
“It is essential for MTN to follow due process to ensure the best outcome for the company, its stakeholders, and the Nigerian Authorities.”
Shareholders were advised to exercise caution when dealing in MTN’s securities until a further announcement is made.

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