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Judge orders protesting Zimbabwean pastor freed on bail

A Zimbabwean pastor who was arrested for organizing protests against the government of 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe should be freed on bail, a judge ruled Wednesday. Evan Mawarire, who launched a protest movement on social media called #ThisFlag, has...

Court in Zimbabwe throws out case against Mugabe

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court dismissed a case against President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday lodged by an activist who accused the ageing leader of violating the southern African country's supreme law during protests last year. The case was the first time...

Turkish President Erdogan in Maputo Mozambique for talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Mozambique on an Africa tour in which he is promoting trade and asking governments to crack down on institutions linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of organizing a coup...

Mozambique says wont meet deadline on $60 million interest payment

Mozambique, caught between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off and a commodity price slump, said Monday it would miss a $60 million interest payment. The country is currently in talks with the International Monetary...

Armyworm outbreak destroys 2,000 hectares of farmland in Malawi

Armyworms have destroyed 2,000 hectares of crops in Malawi, spreading to nine of its 28 districts in the last few weeks, the agriculture minister said on Saturday, Malawi, which was hit by a crippling drought last year, has become...

South African photographer Shiraaz Mohamed abducted in Syria

Gunmen in Syria have abducted a South African freelance photographer who was traveling with aid workers to the border with Turkey, an aid group said Saturday. Shiraaz Mohamed was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon on a "relatively safe route" near...

17 year old Albino boy, choked to death in brutal murder in Malawi

Rights group Amnesty international has condemned the brutal killing of a 17-year-old boy with albinism, who was choked and hit with a sharp object in southern Malawi, reports news24 The 17-year-old, Sunganani Pensulo was attacked by a renowned businessman...

Zimbabwe VP Mnangagwa dismisses rumours of wanting to take over power

Zimbabwe’s Vice President who is also the acting president has dismissed rumors that he wants to take over power from 92 year old Robert Mugabe. A leaked picture showing Emmerson Mnangagwa holding a mug inscribed “I am the boss”...

Germany sued in US for Herero Namaqua-genocide in early 1900s

Germany was sued for damages in the United States on Thursday by descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, for what they called a genocide campaign by German colonial troops in the early 1900s that led to...

Typhoid fever claim 9 lives in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Health Minister has confirmed nine deaths in the country following a fresh typhoid outbreak. About 2,225 cases of the water-borne disease have been recorded since late October. The minister David Parirenyetwa on Wednesday said 12 cases have been...
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Suspected grave vandal rescued after spending 2 days buried waist-deep in Soweto

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Woman 62, to spend 35 years in jail for violent robbery

A 62-year-old female carjacker, will spend the next 35 years behind bars after being convicted of robbery with violence by a Law Court in...

Tanzania opposition CHADEMA names Tundu Lissu as presidential candidate

Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President Magufuli, clinched the nomination for the leading opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) party ahead of...

24,000 health workers in S. Africa have contracted coronavirus

Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March,...

After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its people in a repressive “chokehold”...