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2016-11-28 20:57
Gambian leader Jammeh suspends campaign to 'mourn' Castro

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has suspended his campaign in respect of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, BBC reports.

Castro, who ruled Cuba as a one-party state for nearly 50 years, died on Friday at the age of 90.

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AS IT HAPPENED: Activists bundled into police truck #BondNotes - 'street' press conference

Zimbabwe on Monday starts issuing "bond notes", its own currency equivalent to the US dollar in a bid to ease critical cash shortages amid widespread fears of a return to hyperinflation.

The crisis-hit southern African country has used multiple foreign currencies, including the greenback since 2009 after a rate of inflation that peaked at 500 billion percent rendered the Zimbabwe dollar unusable.

The introduction of $2 and $5 bond notes into circulation follows the issuing of bond coins over a year ago to ease shortages of change in smaller denominations.

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At least 20 Malawians stuck in Zimbabwean prison

Harare - At least 20 Malawians are reportedly stuck in a Harare female prison in Zimbabwe. 

According to Malawi 24, the 20 were among a group of 28 illegal immigrants from various African countries, who were kept at the prison. 

The immigrants were being held at the prison because the Zimbabwean government had no money to repatriate them back to their countries.

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Ugandan law student barred from class for wearing 'short' skirt

Kampala – A Ugandan law student says she has been barred from class because her knee-length skirt was deemed 'distracting to men and boys', a report said on Monday.

According to BBC, Joaninne Nanyange said that such rules reinforced a system under which women were being made responsible for the actions of men who harassed and attacked them.

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Zimbabwe rolls out 'surrogate' dollars amid unease

Harare - Zimbabwe on Monday starts issuing "bond notes", its own currency equivalent to the US dollar in a bid to ease critical cash shortages amid widespread fears of a return to hyperinflation.

The crisis-hit southern African country has used multiple foreign currencies, including the greenback since 2009 after a rate of inflation that peaked at 500 billion percent rendered the Zimbabwe dollar unusable.

The introduction of $2 and $5 bond notes into circulation follows the issuing of bond coins over a year ago to ease shortages of change in smaller denominations.

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