Top Africa stories: Elephant kills tourist in Zim, Melania Trump

2018-09-28 08:00

Elephant tramples German tourist to death in Zimbabwe

A 49-year-old German woman was trampled to death by an elephant in a popular game reserve in northern Zimbabwe as she tried to photograph it, a wildlife official said Thursday.

The attack happened on Wednesday at the Mana Pools game reserve after the woman apparently left the protection of the vehicle she had been travelling in.

"The information we have is that the tourists encountered a herd of elephants when they were entering the park and they started taking pictures," said Tinashe Farawo, spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.


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Ethiopia turns to Zimbabwe as it seeks election advice

Ethiopian authorities are in Zimbabwe to learn how best to conduct an election, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which faced criticism over July's disputed vote.

Like Zimbabwe, Ethiopia has a new leader promising reforms including a "free and fair election" in 2020.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says on Twitter the visit by National Electoral Board of Ethiopia members is "confirmation that ZEC's conduct of the last general elections was impressive."

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WATCH: New Zimbabwe leader leaves out Mugabe's venom at UN

It was a very different Zimbabwe speech at this year's UN gathering of world leaders after the fall last year of Robert Mugabe, long the source of tirades against Western powers.

New President Emmerson Mnangagwa was a former Mugabe enforcer, but he now styles himself as a reformer and says his country looks forward to playing a role as a "responsible member of the family of nations".

Mnangagwa did briefly call on Wednesday for the immediate, unconditional removal of "continued illegal sanctions" as he badly needs foreign investment in Zimbabwe's long-collapsed economy. He himself remains a target of US sanctions for alleged rights abuses.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Melania Trump to promote child welfare in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt

Melania Trump plans to emphasise child welfare in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in October on her first extended solo international mission. The trip will also be the first ever to the vast African continent by America's Slovenia-born first lady.

She discussed the trip on Wednesday at a reception for the spouses of foreign leaders and others participating in the annual UN General Assembly.

"October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa," Mrs Trump said during brief remarks to several dozen guests attending the event near the UN headquarters.

Melania Trump

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'We'll lift sanctions if you implement 2013 constitution,' US envoy tells Zim

A United States official in Zimbabwe has reportedly said sanctions against the southern African country could be lifted if the landlocked nation strictly adhered to its 2013 constitution.

According to New, US ambassador Brian Nichols said his country was only going to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe once there was an improvement on human rights and the full implementation of the 2013 charter.

Nichols also said that his country was prepared to offer technical assistance to the country in the realignment of 27 laws to the 2013 constitution.

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