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2016-09-15 20:42
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File: AP)

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Zimbabwe to use US 'bond notes' as cash crunch bites

Cape Town - Zimbabwe announced on Thursday that "bond notes" equivalent to the US dollar would be introduced in October, sparking fears of a return to the hyperinflation that wrecked the economy several years ago.

The country, led by authoritarian President Robert Mugabe, adopted the US dollar and South African rand in 2009 after inflation, which peaked at 231 million%, rendered the local dollar worthless.

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WATCH: Ugandan youths drop piglets at Parliament in protest

Two members belonging to pressure group the Jobless Brotherhood have dropped piglets at the Ugandan Parliament in protest of government's decision to award Members of Parliament with Shs200m each for new cars.

According to Daily Monitor, Joseph Mubiru and Ferdinand Luta arrived at Parliament early on Thursday morning, releasing scores of piglets painted in yellow and blue, signifying the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

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WATCH: New Boko Haram video threatens to kill Nigeria's president

A new video by Boko Haram threatens to kill Nigeria's president and army chief and warns of further destruction, though the Islamic extremists have not mounted a major attack in Nigeria in months.

A preacher in the video says Boko Haram is "even stronger now" and "will destroy what we never destroyed before", according to a translation from the Hausa by Premium Times newspaper.

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DRC govt, opposition strike a deal on elections – report

Kinshasa – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reportedly strike a deal with part of the opposition on the sequence of a series of upcoming elections.

According to Voice of America, the two sides agreed that the presidential vote would be combined with legislative and provincial elections, with local polls to be held later.

However, no specific dates were set.

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