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Two South African churches suspended from world body

The Lutheran World Federation has suspended the membership of two churches - the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa and the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia - for refusing to admit blacks.

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Meanwhile in South Africa, 18 people were arrested and several injured in clashes between South African police and black rioters in Thabong, 125 miles southwest of Johannesburg, a police spokesman said Thursday. Unrest started two weeks ago when some high school pupils boycotted classes, demanding better teachers, an end to corporal punishment, and more student representation.

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