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A protest outside the Gupta family compound in Johannesburg earlier this year

A UK public relations firm has apologised over a controversial social media campaign in South Africa that critics say inflamed racial tensions.

The opposition said the campaign by Bell Pottinger was designed to stress the power of white-owned businesses.

The London-based company sacked one employee and suspended another three, admitting the campaign was "offensive".

Ms Magazine, a feminist publication, took its title from Ms Michael's campaign

Sheila Michaels, an American feminist who brought the honorific "Ms" into mainstream use, has died aged 78.

Ms Michaels did not invent the term, but is credited with rescuing it from obscurity after she saw it used in an address, thinking it was a typo.

"Ms" did not convey a woman's marital status, unlike the traditional options "Mrs" or "Miss".

European Council president Donald Tusk shakes hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world's biggest economic areas.

However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.

Two of the most important sectors are Japanese cars and, for Europe, EU farming goods into Japan.

The SDF, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, has spent months encircling Raqqa

US-backed Syrian forces have breached the wall at Raqqa's Old City as they try to retake the city from so-called Islamic State, the US military says.

It says the coalition helped the advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by firing on two sections of the historic Rafiqa Wall.

The SDF, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, has spent months encircling the city.

IS seized Raqqa in 2014, proclaiming it the capital of a "caliphate".

The AU Foundation supports development programmes for young people and women

Zimbabwe has auctioned cattle worth $1m (£770,000) to raise money for the African Union (AU) Foundation to help end the "donor dependency syndrome", President Robert Mugabe has said.

He added that he had donated 300 cattle from his herd, and other Zimbabweans doubled the number as they wanted to contribute towards a "noble cause".

Mr Mugabe handed the $1m cheque to the AU at its leaders' summit in Ethiopia.

Venezuela's Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a "terrorist attack".

Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard.

The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the "criminal government". His whereabouts are unknown.