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Two Kenyan pilots abducted by a South Sudan rebel group have been released after the government and the rebels agreed on an amount of money to be paid as compensation for the duo to be released. The excited pilots arrived at the Wilson airport in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon and were received by members of their families and friends.

South Sudanese rebels have released two Kenyan pilots who were captured more than a month ago after their aircraft crashed.

A rebel spokesman said the Kenyans were freed after an insurance company paid more than $100,000 (£71,620) in compensation for the death of a civilian killed when their plane hit the ground.

Two aid workers have been killed and a third is missing in the Democratic of Congo (DR Congo).

The two were targeted by "unidentified gunmen" on Saturday, a statement by the United Nations humanitarian office in the capital Kinshasa said.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said victims were both employees of French NGO Hydraulique Sans Frontieres (HYFRO), which provides water.

Venezuela launches a new oil-backed digital currency today, in a move the government hopes will help pull the country out of worsening economic crisis. The presale of its own cryptocurrency, the petro, went on sale today. There are currently 82 million tokens available, which the government plans to follow with an initial coin offering (ICO) launch in a month.

A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children.

The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 babies via surrogates in Thailand.

Following the planned International Press institute (IPI), Congress slated for June 2018, the Director Barbra Trionfi is scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday 21 February. In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Eric Osagie, spokesman for the forthcoming Nigerian congress, said the visiting director will start her schedule in Abuja where she will attend a meeting with IPI members/media stakeholders, following which a joint press conference will be addressed by Trionfi and Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of the Congress Organising Committee.

President Donald Trump said Monday he supports Mitt Romney's bid for the US Senate from Utah, endorsing a former rival and major figure within the Republican Party.

The endorsement marked the latest chapter in an at-times tumultuous relationship. Romney was among the top Republican critics of Trump's behavior during the 2016 campaign, and Trump fired back in return, mocking Romney for his loss in the 2012 presidential election.

The United States is planning to boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, in pursuance of President Donald Trump’s America First policy.

The US said the 35 minerals are critical materials used in basic manufacturing, batteries and electronics.

A report published in the media on Friday revealed that .U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies concealed an affair with a former Playboy model through secret meetings, payoffs and legal arrangements.

Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, documented her alleged nine-month affair with Trump in an eight-page handwritten note shared with The New Yorker.

McDougal, 46, claims Trump once offered to pay her after they had sex in a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where many of their purported liaisons took place.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called for better value for students in England, admitting that they face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world".

May is set to announce an independent review of fees and student finance on Monday.

She will also argue for an end to "outdated attitudes" that favour university over technical education.

South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has become the latest high-profile personality to end his ties with Oxfam after the charity was embroiled in sexual misconduct claims.

He is stepping down from his role as an ambassador for the charity.

Prince Henrik of Denmark has died aged 83. In a statement, the royal family confirmed that he died “peacefully in his sleep” at Fredensborg Castle, north of Copenhagen, where he spent his final days, following hospital treatment for a lung infection and a benign lung tumour. His wife Queen Margrethe and their two sons were at his side.