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Mnangagwa hails late opposition hero Tsvangirai, urges unity

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s president on Sunday praised opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week as an outstanding political figure who had endured political hardship and deserved his place in the country’s history. Tsvangirai, the strongest and fiercest opponent ever to Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party’s …

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Libyans mark seven years since protests that ousted Kadhafi

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Thousands of Libyans on Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the start of protests that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with rallies and concerts despite the country’s political and economic morass. In the capital Tripoli, and across many cities in the North African country, thousands packed …

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Five killed by suspected ADF rebels in eastern DR Congo

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Five people were killed Saturday in an ambush by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels in the Beni region of Democratic Republic of Congo’s chronically troubled east, officials said. Local official Leon Bahungako said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group were behind the attack in which …

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Tanzania’s opposition accuse police of killing student

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzania’s main opposition party Saturday accused police of shooting dead a female university student and seriously injuring at least four other people while trying to disperse a peaceful demonstration in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. The local police have admitted a person was …

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Ethiopia emergency to last six months

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities move to quell “chaos and unruliness”. The council of ministers declared the country’s second emergency decree in two years on Friday evening. It capped a tumultuous …

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Cameroon separatists prepare for guerrilla war

Ikom, Nigeria | AFP | For the first time in his life, Victor Obi believes that the only way to win freedom in Cameroon is with a gun. “I don’t want to die, but the only future is our independence, and they will not give it to us,” said the …

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Zimbabwe arrest over Grace Mugabe’s ‘fake’ PhD

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said Friday they had arrested a university professor over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Levi Nyagura, the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission following an investigation …

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