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2016-09-19 09:40
Simone, the wife of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo arrives at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after her arrest in April 2011. (File, AFP)

Simone, the wife of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo arrives at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after her arrest in April 2011. (File, AFP)

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Tortured Zim activist to undergo surgey

Harare - An activist who was brutally tortured in troubled Zimbabwe last week is to be operated upon on Monday.

Sylvanos Mudzvova, 38, said on Facebook that his stomach "had developed some challenges" and doctors "want to sort it out".

It's not clear if the operation has been necessitated by the torture he received last week at the hands of what many believe were state agents who abducted him from his home in front of his family on Tuesday night.

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I Coast suspect in disappearance of western journalist dies

The brother-in-law of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo who was a leading suspect in the disappearance of a French-Canadian journalist died on Sunday, a source close to the country's former president told AFP.

Michel Legre was arrested in May 2004 over the kidnapping and killing of Guy-Andre Kieffer, a specialist in the cocoa industry who was writing about corruption and was last seen in a car park in Abidjan in April 2004 along with Legre. He was subsequently released without charge.

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Buhari under fire over Obama speech plagiarism

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from critics after admitting part of his recent "Change Begins With Me" speech was copied from US President Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech.

Buhari announced the social initiative earlier this month, urging Nigerians to stop bribing and littering in a programme that continues his "war against indiscipline" launched while serving as military ruler in the 1980's.

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