Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Mali, Libya

WATCH: 'Don't be afraid to name your successor,' Grace Mugabe tells hubby, 93

Harare - Zimbabwe's first lady on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.

Grace Mugabe, whose political influence has been growing, previously said the world's oldest head of state could rule from the grave. "If God decides to take him, then we would rather field him as a corpse" in the 2018 election, she said early this year.

But in comments shown by state broadcaster ZBC, the first lady on Thursday said she had been arguing with him about naming a successor: "He says no, no, no."

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Two elephants shot after trampling Zim cop to death

Harare - Two more elephants have been shot dead in Zimbabwe after they trampled a policeman to death in the east of the country, conservationists said on Thursday.

The shootings – authorised on Monday by the state wildlife authority after the animals were classified as problem animals – come after an elephant was put down in Victoria Falls last week for killing its handler.

Fence tampered with

The two semi-tame elephants, named Jane and Chatunga, lived in the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve in the eastern border city of Mutare. They got out of the park on the evening of July 18 through a portion of the electric fence that had apparently been tampered with by cross-border smugglers.

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Zim cops assault, detain three journalists for taking pics in Harare

Harare – Zimbabwean cops on Thursday assaulted and arrested three journalists from an independent newspaper, accusing them of filming police details, as they threw spikes on vehicles in the capital Harare.

The throwing of spikes on motorists was currently being challenged in Zimbabwean courts.

The southern African country’s parliamentarians this week took a swipe at the police, saying they were endangering the safety of motorists and ordinary citizens.


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Mugabe's wife 'positions herself as possible successor'

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife once said the 93-year-old leader should run "as a corpse" in the 2018 elections if he dies before the vote. Now politically ambitious Grace Mugabe is positioning herself as a possible successor, saying one of the ruling party's two vice presidents should be a woman.

Her remarks on Thursday inject extra intrigue into a succession debate that has featured fighting within the ruling Zanu-PF party and a widespread sense of uncertainty in a country with debilitating economic problems.

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'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP on Thursday.

The UN has confirmed two German crew members belonging to its MINUSMA peacekeeping mission were killed while observing the area near the city of Gao following the clashes.

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UN urges Libyans to back political solution agreed by rivals

New York - The UN Security Council has welcomed this week's meeting of rival Libyan leaders and is urging all Libyans to support a negotiated political solution, national reconciliation and an immediate cease-fire.

French President Emmanuel Marcron hosted a meeting on Tuesday at which Libyan President Fayez Al Sarraj and military leader General Khalifa Haftar committed themselves to a cease-fire.

They also agreed to work toward presidential and parliamentary elections and to find a roadmap for securing their lawless country against terrorism and trafficking.

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