'They tried to crush her spirit': Anti-Mugabe activist ordered freed after 82 days in custody
Harare - Critics of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe have been celebrating a court order for the release of an anti-government activist who has been in custody for nearly 12 weeks.
But there are loud questions as to why mother-of-five Linda Masarira of the Tajamuka [We are Agitated] protest movement was kept inside a maximum security prison for so long.
She was arrested on July 6 in Harare. Lawyers have been trying to get her freed ever since.
Masarira has not been tried or convicted of a crime. But her case has been complicated by a warrant of arrest issued against her in the eastern city of Mutare on June 6, when she did not turn up for a court hearing on a different matter.
She says she was in hospital on that day receiving treatment for a dislocated finger sustained during a police beating.
She's been seen in court recently with bandages on her hand.
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Somalia delays elections one more month
Mogadishu - Troubled Somalia on Monday announced it was delaying its elections for one more month to October and November due to security issues and administrative problems.
Somalia's internationally-backed government was supposed to hold national elections this year but instead scheduled a limited franchise election in which ordinary citizens do not participate.
The vote had been scheduled to be held in August, but the UN-sponsored election team delayed the presidential vote to October 30, following parliamentary elections from late September to October 10.
But Monday a statement from the Somalia Federal Indirect Electoral Team (FIET) announced a further delay, pushing the parliamentary election to between October 23 and November 10, with the president elected no later than November 30.
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Ethiopian woman executed over murder of Saudi Arabia child
Addis Ababa - An Ethiopian woman was executed in Saudi Arabia on Monday after she was convicted of killing a Saudi child.
According to a report by Arab News, the Saudi Ministry of Interior confirmed the death of Zamzam Abdullah Boric, after a "guilty" verdict was upheld by courts in the country.
Boric was accused of slashing her victim's throat before leaving her in a bathroom to bleed to death.
Although Boric's age and occupation were not yet disclosed, it was believed that she worked in the Kingdom as a domestic worker.
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Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win
Libreville - Ali Bongo was sworn on Tuesday as Gabon's president after the country's top court controversially validated his fiercely contested election win, taking his family's reign over the oil-rich country into a fifth decade.
"I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being... and respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law," the 57-year-old said.
Cannons were fired during the ceremony in the seafront presidential palace in Libreville, as fears of fresh violence resurfaced.
The event was attended by a handful of African leaders including the presidents of Mali, Niger, Togo and Sao Tome - as well as the prime ministers of Chad, Senegal, the Central African Republic and Morocco - but most regional and continental heavyweights stayed away.
Government spokesperson Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze said Bongo wanted to install "a unity government by this week or the start of next week".
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