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2018-05-21 14:44

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Zimbabwe 'on track to regain its bread basket status', says Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his country is doing well in regaining its breadbasket status, following the introduction of the command agriculture over the past two years.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said that Zimbabwe ended hunger after the introduction of the programme.

The main aim for the command agriculture programme was to ensure self-food sustenance after which exports would follow to help the country earn the much needed foreign currency.

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Mnangagwa has achieved 'a lot' in a short space of time... vote for him, VP Chiwenga tells Zimbabweans

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has urged Zimbabweans to vote for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the forthcoming elections, saying he is the only one capable of turning around the country's moribund economy.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Chiwenga said that Mnangagwa was capable of fixing the mess left by his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Chiwenga said that Mnangagwa had achieved a lot in a short period of time.

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Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

The decision to keep the crossing open was taken "to alleviate the suffering" of residents in the Palestinian enclave, Sisi said on Facebook late Thursday.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats.

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Watchdogs step up response in DRC as Ebola toll mounts

World agencies and neighbouring countries on Friday hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency panel met to determine whether the outbreak was "a public health event of international concern" - a move that would step up global action.

The death toll rose by two to 25 out of 45 cases, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva on Friday. Fourteen of the cases have been confirmed in laboratory test.

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'Yes' votes ahead in Burundi constitutional referendum

Burundi looked set to adopt constitutional reforms that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034, with official results on Friday showing a "yes" vote winning in 14 of 18 provinces.

The official results, published by a coalition of 15 public and private radio stations which covered Thursday's referendum, showed a majority of "yes" votes in the 14 provinces.

The referendum comes three years after Nkurunziza sought a third term in office, plunging the country into crisis with a crackdown on protests, an attempted coup and spiral into violence leaving 1 200 dead and displacing some 400 000.

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14 confirmed Ebola cases in DRC as emergency meeting held

There are now 14 confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest outbreak as health officials rush to contain the often deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.

DRC has contained several past Ebola outbreaks but the spread of the hemorrhagic fever to an urban area poses a major challenge. The city of Mbandaka, which has one confirmed Ebola case, is an hour's flight from the capital, Kinshasa, and is located on the Congo River, a busy travel corridor.

The World Health Organization was holding an emergency meeting on Friday. 


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