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Zimbabwe Court orders general elections by July 31, 2013

423 ViewsZimbabwe’s highest court yesterday ordered President Robert Mugabe to hold elections by the end of July, chiding the longtime leader for what it said was a “violation of his duties” in not proclaiming a date for the vote earlier. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said the election date should be linked to the automatic dissolution […]

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Central African Republic new govt wants disposed ex-president Bozize tried for genocide

344 ViewsThe new government of Central African Republic has issued an international arrest warrant against deposed former president Francois Bozize, accusing him of “crimes against humanity and incitement to genocide”, the state prosecutor said on Friday. Thousands of fighters from the Seleka rebel coalition, angered by what they said was Bozize’s refusal to honor an […]

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Australia is 2013 World happiest country

328 ViewsAustralia has emerged as the World’s happiest country in 2013, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The land down under edged out Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland for top honors, according to OECD, which analyzed its 34 member states (plus Brazil and Russia) across 11 categories for its “Better […]

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Ugandan Police shut down Newspapers over ‘Plot’

312 ViewsKampala, Uganda – Journalists at one of Uganda’s leading independent newspapers were alarmed to find heavily armed police suddenly surrounding their building on May 20. Brandishing Kalashnikovs, the police officers entered the premises, turned off two associated FM radio stations housed in the same compound, and ordered journalists away from their workstations. Staff at […]

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Africa backs Kenya call for Hague court to drop Kenyatta case

304 ViewsAfrican nations have backed a request by Kenya for charges of crimes against humanity by its president to be referred back to the east African country, African Union documents show. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are both facing trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of masterminding ethnic bloodshed in […]

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Mugabe signs constitution into law that extends his reign by 10 years

264 ViewsZimbabwe President Robert Mugabe signed a new constitution into law on Wednesday, replacing a 33-year-old document forged in the dying days of British colonial rule and paving the way for an election later this year. Approved overwhelmingly in a referendum in March, the constitution clips the powers of the president and imposes a two-term […]

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Ghana stampede kills four at TB Joshua’s church

249 ViewsPolice say they were overwhelmed by the large crowd when a stampede killed four people at a church in Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Sunday. Thousands of people flocked to the evangelical church for “holy water”, which they believed had healing powers, leading to the crush. “All of us were caught by surprise. No-one knew […]

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Zambia has not charged for maize: Mugabe

354 ViewsZAMBIA has told Zimbabwe that it is in no hurry to be paid for 150,000 tonnes of maize it is sending to its southern neighbour, President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday. Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scott was in Harare last week to finalise the maize deal, but Mugabe says the two neighbours are as […]

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Kenya’s Nairobi city hit by pig protest over MPs Pay

289 ViewsProtesters in Kenya have released a pig and about a dozen piglets outside parliament to show their anger at newly elected MPs demanding higher salaries. The animals licked blood spilled by a protester outside the parliamentary gates in the capital, Nairobi, reports the BBC’s Anne Mawathe from the scene.The unusual demonstration, organised by civil […]

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Kenyan patients escape from Nairobi’s Mathari hospital

459 Views Forty mentally ill patients have escaped from the Mathari Mental Hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after overpowering guards, police say. A search has been launched for the patients, some of whom are known to be violent, police told the BBC. Kenya’s Standard newspaper reports that the group escaped from the state hospital after […]

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