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2017-03-15 21:00

Somali pirates demand ransom for oil tanker, EU force says

Mogadishu - Armed men are demanding a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the European Union anti-piracy operation in the region announced late Tuesday.

An EU Naval Force statement said the operation had finally made contact with the ship's master, who confirmed that armed men were aboard the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13.

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I knew about Gukurahundi atrocities, Mujuru says

Harare – Former vice president Joice Mujuru has admitted she had knowledge of the Zimbabwean government Gukurahundi atrocities that took place in the early 1980s.

During an interview on BBC's Hard-Talk show this week, Mujuru, however, said that she was just a junior minister who had no powers to stop the carnage that was carried out by the country's fifth brigade.

Joice Mujuru

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Jet-setting Mugabe gave BISCUITS to flood-displaced

Harare - Was it enough or wasn't it?

President Robert Mugabe's donation of biscuits, Zapnax (the local equivalent of Niknaks) and water to some of the victims of floods in southern Zimbabwe has been coming under intense scrutiny.

According to a Twitter post by Jonathan Moyo, Zimbabwe's higher education minister who's also the MP for Tsholotsho where many of the displaced come from, Mugabe sent 1 000  packs of Zapnax, 1 000 bottles of mineral water and 1 000 packs of biscuits. 

Robert Mugabe

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'Naked' cow ad sparks debate in Zimbabwe

Harare - So why is Zimbabwe's cow the only one with a naked udder?

Zimbabweans have been hotly debating - without losing their wry sense of humour -- why "their cow" is depicted on the ad of a popular money transfer agency with no clothes on.

The UK-based's distinctive adverts use a cow to represent each southern African country it operates in.

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Wife, 32, kills hubby with high-heeled shoe

Lusaka – A Zambian woman, 32, has been arrested for allegedly killing her husband with a high-heeled shoe, a report says.

According to Lusaka Times, Oliva Kalangwe, 34, died a week after his unnamed wife used a pointed high-heeled shoe to hit him.

Police confirmed the incident, saying Kalangwe sustained deep injuries in the head and forehead. 

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Cameroon 'frees' at least 5 000 from Boko Haram

Yaounde - More than 5 000 people, including women and children, have been freed from extremist captivity and at least 60 Boko Haram fighters have been killed by Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers in operations since the end of January, Cameroon's minister of communication said on Tuesday.

Thousands of Cameroonian soldiers, supported by Nigerian troops, have been launching raids on Boko Haram strongholds in the Mandara mountains that straddle the two countries since Jan. 26, said the minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary.

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