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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe in crunch talks over his future

Zimbabwe’s long-time president Robert Mugabe is holding talks with South African negotiators over his future. Envoys from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) are trying to reach a deal on the future of Zimbabwe and the man who has led the country for 37 years. Mr Mugabe, 93, was put under house arrest on Wednesday after the army moved to ...

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Manage Africa’s population to stop economic meltdown – Chambas

The representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has urged African leaders to place a lot more focus on the management of the rate of increase in the population of their countries as it could negatively affect their economic growth. According to Dr. Ibn Chambas, despite the potential of a large ...

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Australian diplomat dies in New York building fall

An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a New York City balcony while socialising with friends. Julian Simpson, 30, accidentally slipped from a seventh-floor ledge of his Manhattan building and fell to a landing on the second floor, New York police said. US media report he was playing a “trust game” with a friend before he fell. Mr Simpson ...

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Greece: Flash floods kill at least 15

Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 15 people and caused destruction in central Greece. The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected. Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes, reports say. Fast-flowing torrents of red mud flooded roads. ...

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Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia. The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, ...

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Zimbabwe crisis: Army seizes broadcaster but denies coup

Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals.” However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe’s envoy to South Africa, ...

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Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is ‘targeting criminals’, not Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”. However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe’s envoy to South Africa, ...

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Soldiers ‘take over Zimbabwe broadcaster’

Soldiers are reported to have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster, ZBC, amid a growing political crisis. Explosions have also been reported in the capital, Harare, but the cause is unclear. Earlier, the country’s ambassador in South Africa denied talk of a coup. Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused the country’s army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he warned of ...

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Australians vote massively for same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5% of eligible voters – took part in the eight-week postal survey. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the “overwhelming” result meant his ...

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Tanks seen outside Zimbabwe capital

A few armoured vehicles have been seen on a main public road outside the city having left one of the country’s main military barracks, Inkomo. It is not clear where they were heading but they have not been seen on the streets of Harare. One of the vehicles had broken down on the side of the road, according to BBC ...

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