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2017-07-20 20:00

Stop violence, Mugabe told following 'savage attacks' in some parts

Harare – Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change party on Wednesday called on President Robert Mugabe to stop politically motivated violence reported in some parts of the country after properties belonging to two of its senior officials were destroyed in savage attacks by unknown assailants.

The MDC led by former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai was quick to point fingers at Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, charging Mugabe had "degrees in violence".

Morgan Tsvangirai

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Zim cop run over, killed by unlicensed taxi driver: report

Harare - A Zimbabwe policeman has been run over and killed by an unlicensed minibus taxi driver, state radio reported.

News of the tragedy came after the force defended its unpopular policing of the roads, and said its officers work under "very dangerous and life threatening circumstances".

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EXCLUSIVE: Macron did not slur against Africans, France says

Cape Town – France has refuted recent media allegations that President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial and racist remark regarding Africa and African women at the G20 summit in Hamburg, German.

In an interview with News24, the French embassy in South Africa maintained that Macron's comment was not racist.

"Macron's comment did not carry any racial connotations. The president was answering to a question about the need for a 'Marshal Plan' for Africa. 

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Obasanjo: 'If Americans can choose Trump, they're as human as Africa'

Pretoria - Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there was some good in United States President Donald Trump's election because "the fact that America can produce a Trump in this day and age, it means Americans are as human as we are".

Obasanjo made the tongue-in-cheek comment to guests at a French Embassy event in Pretoria on Wednesday night at the launch of the French version of his book, Making Africa Work, co-authored by writer Greg Mills, who was also at the event.

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: AI

Libreville - Dozens of Boko Haram suspects have died in Cameroon custody, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday, with security forces brutally torturing them in the fight against the jihadist group.

Though Boko Haram originated in Nigeria, the Islamic State-affiliated group has carried out frequent attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The NGO said it had found 101 people who said they were held in secret and tortured by the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) and the General Directorate of External Research (DGRE), Cameroon's intelligence services, between March 2013 and March 2017.

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Angolan president, dogged by health rumours, back from Spain

Luanda - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned from Spain more than two weeks after he left the country on a "private visit", the presidency said Thursday, as rumours of ill health swirl.

The 74-year-old leader, who has been in power since 1979, had left on July 3, five weeks after a month-long stay in Barcelona for medical tests.

The nature of his health problems has not been made public, and earlier this year his daughter Isabel dos Santos denied rumours that he had died while in Spain.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

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'Dr Kaunda not dead', says office of Zambian commissioner in SA

Cape Town – The office of the Zambian high commissioner in South Africa has refuted social media reports that veteran leader Kenneth Kaunda has died.

In an interview with News24 Naomi Nyawali said that the social media reports were not true as President Kaunda was expected to be discharged on Thursday after being admitted to the University Teaching Hospital -UTH- in Lusaka.

"President Kaunda is not dead. He is expected to be discharged later today,"said Nyawali. 

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