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2017-06-21 08:26

Al-Qaeda-linked militants staged Mali resort attack

Bamako - An al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militant group said on Monday it staged an attack the previous day on a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners, killing five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this west African country wracked by mounting extremism.

The recently formed Mali-based Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.

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Bumper harvest: Zimbabwe to export grain, report says

Harare – The Zimbabwean government is reportedly looking to export grain following a bumper harvest that saw most farmers surpassing the targeted yield per hectare under the country's command agriculture programme. 

According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, several farmers surpassed the government benchmark target of five tons per hectare.

Most farmers in Mashonaland Central province, for example, harvested at least 9–11 tons of grain per hectare.

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The big Zanu-PF break-in: what's REALLY going on?

Harare - Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi is the latest high-profile member of Zimbabwe's ruling party to have a break-in.

Sekeramayi's apparently palatial home in Borrowdale, Harare was broken into in the early hours of Friday.

Several other Zanu-PF officials have had break-ins in recent years.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Anti-Mugabe shutdown protesters FINALLY have their charges dropped... it's taken 11 months

Harare - A Zimbabwean magistrate has finally dismissed charges against 51 Harare residents arrested last year on charges of public violence in what lawyers said was a "spectacular collapse" of the state's case against them.

The 51, who were out of custody on bail, were arrested last July during a national stayaway called by ThisFlag leader, Evan Mawarire against corruption and police roadblocks under President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the par

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Five-woman gang 'abducts, sells' boy, 3, for $2 000

Lagos – Police in Nigeria have reportedly arrested at least five women suspected of abducting and selling a 3-year-old boy for less than $2000.

According to Punch, the gang, identified as Chinonye Okere, Joy Ama, Eucheria Amadi, Pauline Uzoamaka and Nnenne Okere were paraded before journalists in Owerri, Imo state over the weekend. 

Police commander, Chris Ezike commended his team for doing a "great job" after they travelled to Lagos to rescue the unnamed boy.

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Car bomb in Somalia capital kills at least 15, police say

Mogadishu -  At least 15 people are dead after a suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital, police said on Tuesday.

The death toll may rise, as some were badly hurt in the explosion at Wadajir district headquarters in Mogadishu, Captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press.

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