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Jacob Zuma has been president of South Africa since 2009

South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect.

He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

Pope Francis has denounced the "snake tactics" of those who spread fake news, saying the first case of misinformation is in the Bible when Eve is tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit.

The episode showed the "dire consequences" that fake news can have, the Pope warned in a document.

Francis also said it led only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. He urged social media users and journalists to unmask manipulative tactics that foment division.