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Prosecutors appeal for Pistorius to be convicted of murder

An appeal calling for Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been filed by prosecutors in South Africa.

The action comes just days ahead of Pistorius'release from prison on Friday, less than a year after being convicted on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Prosecutors have filed an appeal calling for Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder Credit: Reuters

He will serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest.

The 28-year-old athlete, known as the Blade Runner for the prosthetic legs he uses to run, killed 29-year-old model Steenkamp when he fired four gunshots through a locked bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day 2013.

He claimed he feared she was an intruder, but in the appeal filed today prosecutors repeat allegations that he deliberately killed her after an argument.

His defence team have until September 17 to file its response, and the appeal is expected to be heard in November.

If they are successful, he could face at least 15 years behind bars.

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm dies aged 95

Celeste Holm. Credit: Reuters

Celeste Holm, the versatile actress who soared to Broadway fame in Oklahoma! and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a lonely secretary in Gentleman's Agreement, has died. She was 95.

Amy Phillips, a great-niece, said Holm died at her New York City apartment.

In a career that spanned more than half a century, Holm played everyone from Ado Annie - the girl who just cannot say no in Oklahoma! - to a worldly theatrical agent in the 1991 comedy I Hate Hamlet to guest star turns on TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Love Boat II.

She won the Academy Award in 1947 for best supporting actress for her performance in Gentlemen's Agreement. She received Oscar nominations for Come to the Stable in 1949 and All About Eve the next year.