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2017-07-07 19:47

Malawi stampede: 'We're mourning with you,' Mutharika tells bereaved families

Lilongwe - Seven children and one adult were killed in a stampede at Malawi's national stadium on Thursday as large crowds gathered for independence day celebrations, police said.

The stampede occurred when gates were opened at the 40 000-seat Bingu stadium in the capital Lilongwe for a presidential address and football match to mark the annual holiday.

"Eight people - seven children aged around eight years old, and one adult died," national police spokesperson James Kadadzera told AFP.

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WATCH: Bus conductor gets leg broken in fight with traffic cops

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe say they will investigate a case of alleged brutality by officers in central Harare after a conductor they were wrestling with had his leg broken under the wheel of his own bus.

In the video the conductor kicks metal spikes away from the wheels while being manhandled by two police officers. But as one officer wrestles with him, the bus moves off and that’s when the man’s left foot appears to be run over.

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Mugabe foreign trips cost cash-strapped Zim $50 million

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's office spent more than $50 million on foreign travel last year, official figures show.

According to a financial statement published in the latest government gazette, foreign travel expenses totalled $53.2 million in 2016.

According to the figures in the "Consolidated Statement of Financial Performance of the Consolidated Revenue Fund", this was way above the $23 million initially allocated for travel under last year’s budget.

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EXCLUSIVE: Tension, uncertainty grip Zambia under Lungu's leadership

Lusaka - Long before President Edgar Lungu graced the screens on national television on the evening of July 5 to announce what his critics quickly labelled a state of emergency, there had been a build of tension in the country.

Occasional fires were set on public property, with courts, electricity supply lines, and markets among popular targets in the aftermath of the August 11 2017 general elections.

Law enforcement officers had never come up with any answers or suspects, while politicians had been quick to lay the problem on opponents.

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10 killed in a blitz car bomb attack in Egypt's Sinai

El-Arish - Egyptian officials say at least 10 security troops have been killed when a car bomb struck a military checkpoint followed by heavy gunfire in northeastern Sinai Peninsula.

The officials say that the Friday attack started when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the checkpoint in southern Rafah village of el-Barth, followed by heavy shooting by dozens of masked militants on foot.

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Ghana says 22 illegal miners dead, rescue efforts futile

Accra - Ghana's government says it has stopped rescue operations at an illegal mining site and that 22 miners trapped underground are dead.

Deputy Minister of Mines and Natural Resources Benito Owusu Bio said on Friday that four days of attempts to locate survivors at the Nsuta site have proved futile.

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