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Zimbabwe’s New Leader To Be Sworn In Today

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Emmerson Mnangagwa is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president, following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. The former vice-president – who returned from exile on Wednesday – will be inaugurated at Harare’s stadium. His dismissal this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and …

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Mugabe’s backdoor exit a shame – AU President

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President of the African Union (A.U.) Alpha Conde has reacted to the resignation of Robert Mugabe, a week after the army took over political authority. Conde according to the visionguinee news website said he was delighted that the political impasse in Zimbabwe had been resolved. Whiles describing Mugabe, 93, as …

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Suicide Bombing Kills 50 In Nigeria

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At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Mubi, police say. A bomber struck inside a mosque packed with worshippers during morning prayers in Adamawa State. Witness Abubakar Sule told AFP news agency that it appears the bomber was part of …

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Germany coalition talks collapse

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Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed after the free-market liberal FDP pulled out. FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was no “basis of trust” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet …

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Zimbabwe takeover seems like a coup, African Union says

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The Zimbabwean military’s takeover of power and detention of President Robert Mugabe “seems like a coup”, key regional bloc the African Union says. Its head, Alpha Conde, said the AU demands an immediate return to constitutional order. The military denies staging a coup, saying that Mr Mugabe is safe and …

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South African Pastor Feeds People Cockroaches

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South Africa’s notorious snake pastor Penuel Mnguni has fed cockroaches to two brothers in his congregation, alleging that the insects turned into cheese for the one and spices for the other. The incident comes about five months after Mr Mnguni appeared at a service hosted by popular Nigerian televangelist TB …

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Zimbabwe’s Military Threatens To ‘Step In’

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Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in. The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 …

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Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

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A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing scores. At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured in western Iran, state media said, with four more reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with …

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Mauritanian blogger’s death sentence cut to two years

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An appeals court in Mauritania has reduced a death sentence given to a blogger to a two-year jail term. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir was convicted of blasphemy in 2014. He will be set free as he has spent more than two years in jail. His lawyer called the news …

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Six Tanzanian schoolchildren killed in ‘grenade’ explosion

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At least six children have been killed and 25 others injured in an explosion at a primary school in north-west Tanzania, witnesses say. Reports say the pupils were playing with a grenade they had found. Three were pronounced dead at the time they arrived at hospital. The others succumbed to …

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