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Mugabe to meet with army chief on his future

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is to meet army chiefs amid intense pressure for him to step down. Mediation will be led by a Catholic priest, state TV said. Mr Mugabe has largely been confined to his house since the army took over on Wednesday. The governing Zanu-PF party is also meeting to discuss whether to dismiss their founder and long-term ...

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Libya migrant ‘slave market’ footage sparks outrage

The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya. On the video, released by CNN this week, young men are seen being auctioned off as farm workers. The AU chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, demanded prosecutions over a “despicable” trade “from another era”. Migrants trying to reach ...

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Anti-LGBT politician resigns after being ‘caught having sex with man in his office’

An Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office. Wes Goodman, who is the Republican state legislator for Ohio, is married to a woman who is assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as March for Life. The right-wing legislator, who pushed “family ...

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Thousands celebrate ‘end of Mugabe era’ in Zimbabwe

Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwean cities, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe have turned into a celebration of the army’s role in ending his grip on power. BBC correspondents say protesters in the capital, Harare, are hugging and cheering soldiers in the crowd. One demonstrator told the BBC the day was “about a ...

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Protesters to hold mass anti-Mugabe rally

Protesters are due to march in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to demand the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. The rally is supported by the military which staged a takeover on Wednesday. Regional branches of the ruling Zanu-PF party as well as war veterans – who until now were loyal to the president – are also saying Mr Mugabe should quit. Mr ...

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Kenya election: Five dead as Raila Odinga returns home

Five people have been killed in Kenya’s capital Nairobi as police broke up crowds of opposition supporters. At least two of the victims were shot dead, reports said, while others may have been stoned to death by a mob. Riot police were present but did not use any live rounds, a police spokesman said, blaming the deaths on the crowd. ...

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Girl, 14, is electrocuted by faulty iPhone charger

A teenage girl has died in Vietnam after being electrocuted in her sleep by her faulty iPhone charging cable. Le Thi Xoan, aged 14, had reportedly rolled over onto the torn cable and had as a result been exposed to the live wire, police in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi said. She was found unconscious by her parents and rushed to a local ...

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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe makes first public appearance

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. The military said on Friday it was “engaging” with Mr Mugabe and ...

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Mugabe ‘resisting calls to resign’

Zimbabwe’s long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him. The military said on Friday it was “engaging” with Mr Mugabe. It also said progress had been made in targeting ...

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Mugabe’s legacy, dignity must be protected – Rawlings

As Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe’s time in power appears to be winding down amid political turmoil and a seeming military takeover, former President Jerry Rawlings is mindful of what he calls the long-time ruler’s “unassailable” legacy. President Mugabe’s 37 years in charge of Zimbabwe are likely to be remembered for the disastrous management of the economy, but Mr. Rawlings has highlighted ...

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