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2016-10-20 21:05

Mugabe opponents 'ready for fresh demos after police ban'

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's opponents have called for renewed protest action after the ban on demonstrations imposed last month expired.  

Last month a top police officer Chief Superintendent Newbert Saunyama re-imposed a ban on protests in central Harare, less than a week after a High Court judge declared it unconstitutional.

Police said at the time that the ban would run for a month from September 16 to October 15.

Activist and author Patson Dzamara told News24 on Thursday that he hoped that his fellow countrymen would "begin from where they left off before the ban".

Dzamara called upon all Zimbabweans to firmly stand together in their numbers to demand change.

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WATCH: New film explores complexities of Zimbabwe's land seizures

Harare - A young white farmer takes his gun and creeps round the outside of a homestead in the dark at the peak of President Robert Mugabe's land seizures. A black Zimbabwean knows that freedom fighters spilled their blood for the land he only wants to live freely in.

How do you make a film about Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme without getting mired in years of frustration and anger - and stereotypes?

Los Angeles-based Brickyard Films has taken on this challenge with "The Zim". The film's writer-director Alexander Bedria says he hopes the project will bring healing to those on both sides of the racial divide.


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How to cool a cheetah: Vets at Namibian reserve develop new ways

Windhoek - How do you stop a cheetah overheating when it's darted?

Hint: you need more than cold water.

Wildlife vets have known for some time that one of the biggest threats to cheetahs when they're put under anaesthetic is hyperthermia.

Now vets working at The AfriCat Foundation's unique facility for rescued big carnivores in Okonjima, Namibia have developed what appear to be extraordinarily effective ways to avoid or bring down dangerously-high temperatures in cheetahs that have just been immobilised.

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ICC convicts former DRC VP of interfering with witnesses

The Hague - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday convicted a former Congolese vice president and four members of his legal team of interfering with witnesses, saying the case should send a clear message that attempting to corrupt trials will not go unpunished.

The verdicts against Jean-Pierre Bemba and his legal team marked the first time the global court has found suspects guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

"No legal system in the world can accept the bribing of witnesses, the inducement of witnesses to lie or the illicit coaching of witnesses. Nor can the International Criminal Court," Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said after convicting the five men

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Nigeria's leader meets Chibok girls, vows to free the rest

Abuja - Nigeria's president on Wednesday vowed to "redouble" efforts to secure the release of nearly 200 schoolgirls who remain missing more than two years after being abducted by Boko Haram extremists.

President Muhammadu Buhari met for the first time with the 21 Chibok schoolgirls who were released last week after negotiations with Boko Haram.

Buhari said they would be reintegrated into society "as quickly as possible".

At least 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in the northeast town of Chibok in April 2014. Dozens escaped early on, and another was found in May.

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