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Zimbabwe judge frees former finance minister Chombo on bail
7 December 2017, 9:22 PM

A Zimbabwean judge on Thursday released on bail former finance minister Ignatius Chombo who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades, including defrauding the central bank.

Chombo, who was detained after the military seized power in “Operation Restore Legacy” two weeks ago, which it said was meant to remove “criminals” around former president Robert Mugabe, was ordered to pay $5,000 bail and surrender his passport.

High Court judge Edith Mushore accused the government of illegal and arbitrary detention. Chombo’s lawyer says he will deny the charges when his trial starts.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe “ready to die for what is correct”, nephew tells Reuters
18 November 2017, 4:13 PM

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are “ready to die for what is correct” and have no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise this week’s military coup, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, said on Saturday.

Speaking to Reuters from a secret location in South Africa, Zhuwao said Mugabe had hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday but his health was otherwise “good”.

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Kenyans and Pope Francis pray for peaceful election
22 October 2017, 9:13 PM

Kenyans on Sunday prayed for the country as it faces a period of political uncertainty days before a repeat presidential election. Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the first election, held in August and won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, over procedural irregularities.

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga, has said it will boycott the re-run set for Thursdayunless several demands are met, including the sacking of the chief executive of the electoral commission, Ezra Chiloba. Chiloba has officially taken three weeks leave and will not be involved in the election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said the election will go ahead and Kenyatta, has insisted the vote must be held. On Thursday, the president snubbed an invitation to meet Chebukati, saying he would instead spend the time campaigning.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis urged Catholics to pray for world peace, with a focus on Kenya, a country he visited in 2015.

Watch as Kenyans gather for national prayer ahead of presidential re-election below.


Roadside bomb kills seven outside Somali capital Mogadishu
22 October 2017, 8:08 PM

A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday – mostly women farmers – in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by Islamist insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence, residents and the army said.

A truck bombing in Mogadishu last weekend killed at least 358 people, with 56 people still missing. Almost all of the dead were civilians and the attack triggered angry demonstrations in the capital.

Sunday’s bombing hit a minibus in Daniga village about 40 km (25 miles) to the northwest of Mogadishu.

“We heard a huge crash today and we went to the scene, we saw a ruined minibus and at least seven dead bodies, mostly women. We could not identify some people, they were just pieces of human flesh,” farmer Nur Abdullahi told Reuters by phone.

The area of the bombing is close to areas held by al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked insurgents who want to overthrow the weak U.N.-backed government and impose strict Islamic law.

“We are scared,” Abdullahi said “Hundreds of masked militants are everywhere and we anticipate the government will attack here. They also planted mines everywhere and today we pack our clothes to flee.”

An army officer said the death toll might be higher.

“We know the minibus left Afgooye (town) this morning and it was carrying farmers, mostly women,” said Captain Isa Osman of the Somali National Army.

“It was carrying more than 10 people. We cannot get many details because the area is not controlled by government.”

After last Saturday’s attack, the government promised new offensives against the insurgency.

Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator then turned on each other.


At least sixteen police officers killed in shootout in Egypt
20 October 2017, 8:43 PM

At least sixteen police officers were killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s Western desert, two security sources said on Friday.

The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year.

The number of dead was expected to rise, the sources said.

The suspected militants tried to flee after the exchange of fire there, the sources said, and continued to fire at a second security unit called in for backup from atop neighboring buildings.

The sources said the suspected militants also used explosive devices in the attack.

Two security sources said 8 security personnel were injured in the clashes, while another source said that four of the injured were police officers and four others were suspected militants.

Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.

An Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula has grown since the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.

The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014. It is blamed for the killing of hundreds of soldiers and policemen and has started to target other areas, including Egypt’s Christian Copts.




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