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Man, 40, ties 5-year-old stepson to a tree, severely assaults him with stick

Bulawayo – A Zimbabwean man, 40, has been sentenced to 36 months in jail for tying his 5-year-old stepson to a tree and "severely assaulting" him with a stick, a report says.

According to Sunday News, evidence before the court showed that the boy was tied to a tree and severely assaulted using a stick until he sustained injuries all over his body. 

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Cornered Zim cop tries to SWALLOW bribe - report

Harare - What do you do if you're a traffic cop caught demanding a bribe?

One option may be to try to swallow the cash - though it didn't work for a high-ranking officer in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare, reports say.

The Herald newspaper said the officer in charge of Mbare police station in Harare's oldest township on Wednesday tried to swallow a $60 bribe she'd demanded from a motorist who'd had his car impounded at a roadblock.

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Donald Trump, Nigeria's Buhari to hold 'telephonic meeting

Cape Town - United States President Donald Trump is reportedly set to hold a "telephonic meeting" with his Nigerian counterpart President Mohammadu Buhari late on Monday.

According to Africa News, Trump was scheduled to speak to Buhari at about 15:45 Nigerian time (09:45 Washington DC time).

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SADC facilitator Ramaphosa welcomes return of exiled leaders to Lesotho

Johannesburg – South African deputy president and Southern African Development Community facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the return of three exiled opposition leaders in Lesotho.

Tom Thabane, Thesele Maseribane and Keketso Rantso left the country following unrest since an attempted coup d’état in 2014.

Ramaphosa also reviewed progress made in implementing constitutional and security reforms.

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Six journalists arrested over 'false news' on mutiny

Abidjan - Six journalists, including three media owners, have been arrested in the Ivory Coast for "spreading false information" about a mutiny by security forces, their newspapers and the public prosecutor said.

The move came after elite forces became the latest troops to protest over pay in recent weeks in the West African nation, firing into the air in the army barracks town of Adiake.

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South Sudanese general resigns, citing 'ethnic cleansing'

Nairobi - A senior South Sudanese general has quit, accusing President Salva Kiir and top members from his majority Dinka tribe of "ethnic cleansing," according to a resignation letter obtained by AFP on Sunday.

Lieutenant-General Thomas Cirillo Swaka was the country's deputy chief of general staff for logistics and a respected figure among the country's foreign partners.

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