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2017-06-30 08:00

Mugabe, 93, jets off to Botswana for burial of Masire, 91

Gaborone – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is in Gaborone, Botswana for the burial of former president Sir Ketumile Masire on Thursday, reports say.

According to Voice of America, Mugabe, 93, arrived on Wednesday evening. He was accompanied by nine cabinet ministers and other Zimbabweans.

The nonagenarian will join several regional leaders, including former president Thabo Mbeki and Lesotho's King Letsie III.

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'Virtuous' Masire was a 'dear cde, dear brother, dear friend', says Mugabe

Gaborone – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has described the late Botswana leader Sir Ketumile Masire as a "virtuous and humble" man, who "opened his life to us with a generosity of spirit that was so much a part of his character".

Mugabe said this while paying tribute to Masire, who died in hospital last week at the age of 91.

The late head of state was buried on Thursday in his home village, Kanye, next to his late wife.

Ketumile Masire

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Mbeki: Masire's leadership 'made us proud to call ourselves Africans'

Gaborone – Former president Thabo Mbeki has paid tribute to ex-Botswana leader Sir Ketumile Masire, who was laid to rest in his home village, Kanye, outside the capital Gaborone.

Masire died in hospital last week at the age of 91. He was buried on Thursday, next to his wife.

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Angola threatens jail for 51 over separatist march

Luanda - Angola has threatened to jail 51 people for up to six weeks over a protest by campaigners seeking independence for an eastern region of the oil-rich country, activists said on Wednesday.

Police fired on the thousand-strong march staged by the Lunda Chokwe Protectorate (LCP) movement on Saturday in the town of Cuango, 600km east of the capital Luanda, killing one and injuring 13 others.

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Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement

Cairo - Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim nations, including Sudan.

Many said they are not safe in Egypt because Sudanese agents operating in the country under tacit Egyptian approval regularly threaten them and their families, sometimes targeting them with violence.

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20 000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says

Mogadishu - An aid group is warning that more than 20 000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.

Save the Children said on Thursday that the number of cases of severe acute malnutrition has "skyrocketed" in several of the nine Somali districts assessed.

The new survey warns of "famine-like conditions" in parts of the Horn of Africa nation.

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