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PICTURES: Zim exiles brave bitter London cold to protest crackdown back home

By UK Bureau DOZENS of Zimbabwean exiles braved London’s bitter chill on to protest against the brutal crackdown against protestors by the Harare regime and express their solidarity with the victims. The demonstration was in response to appeals by the opposition and human rights organisations for Zimbabweans in the diaspora to help raise international awareness

Police armed with assault rifles set up road blocks to hunt protesters

By AFP HARARE: The ZRP manned checkpoints on many main roads on Saturday, searching vehicles for protesters allegedly involved in recent anti-government demonstrations. A crackdown by security forces has been fiercely criticised by the UN human rights office, with allegations of shootings, beatings and abductions of opposition figures, activists and ordinary residents. Police roadblocks were

Presidential spokesman George Charamba

Army crackdown a taste of what’s coming – ED’s spokesman warns as he scorns Chamisa’s devil pastor-ship

By UK Bureau The member-less and moribund ZCTU cannot claim to have galvanised or mobilised workers.” THE deadly military and police crackdown against protestors over the past week which left at least 12 people dead was just a “foretaste of things to come”, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesman has warned. George Charamba made the ominous remarks

INTERNET BAN: Masked hackers hit back by taking down Zimbabwe govt websites; Warn that banking system to fall next

By UK Bureau Zimbabwe government, you have become an enemy of Anonymous! Your systems are in danger! In the face of oppression, rebellion becomes our duty.” GLOBAL hacktivist collective, Anonymous, hacked and took off-line several Zimbabwe government websites on Saturday. The ‘cyber freedom fighters’ confirmed that they had joined the international response to the Harare

Felix Tshisekedi

DRC’s Constitutional Court upholds election results; declares Tshisekedi elected president

By Associated Press KINSHASA: Congo’s Constitutional Court early Sunday declared the election of Felix Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday. The declaration came shortly after the African Union

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

By Associated Press ROME: Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to

Dogs ruin family photo with hilarious stunt

By Agencies A pair of randy golden retrievers ruined a family portrait – and raised some laughs – when they got in front of the camera. When Liam Bornovski visited family late last month in his hometown of Koror in the Pacific islands of Palau, he was excited to pose for a portrait with his

A forensic experts take picture burned body in the area an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico on Saturday

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 73, leaves nightmare of ash

By Associated Press Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he’d seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognise missing friends. He couldn’t. Only a handful of the remains still had skin. Dozens were burned to the bone or to ash when the gusher

ZRP national spokesperson Charity Charamba

After global outrage, Zim army & police blame deserters for killings; MDC scoffs at ‘stupid’ cover-up bid

By Leopold Munhende THE country’s under-fire security services claimed Saturday that deserters and criminals in stolen military uniforms were behind this past week’s murderous mayhem as international outrage increased over the government’s brutal crackdown against protestors. Army and police spokespersons called a press conference in Harare where they claimed that criminals robbed ZRP stations last

Redcliff MP Lloyd Mukapiko

2 MDC legislators charged with treason; refused bail

By Staff Reporter  TWO MDC legislators accused of subverting a constitutionally elected government were Saturday denied bail by Kwekwe Magistrate Vimbai Mutukwa. Redcliff MP Lloyd Mukapiko and Mbizo counterpart Settlement Chikwinya appeared in court Saturday following their arrest the previous day. They were refused bail and remanded in custody to 24 January 2018. According to

Acting President Constantino Chiwenga fingered in the brutalities

Rights Commission blasts govt blocking of the internet, state brutality

By Staff Reporter THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has condemned government for blocking the internet and visiting brutalities on protesting citizens during the tempestuous three day national stay away triggered by a recent government increase on fuel prices. In a statement, the country’s statutory rights body blamed government for contributing to citizen unrest through

Ethiopian troops repel Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Africa News Ethiopian troops on Friday engaged in combat with Al-Shabaab fighters in the town of Buur Hakaba in Somalia’s southern Bay Region, multiple sources reported. One source, a VOA journalist described the confrontation as one of the deadliest saying that the insurgents had attacked the convoy of the troops with an improvised explosive device,

Woman convicted in Singapore of forcing maid to hurt self with hot water

AFP A Singaporean woman was found guilty on Friday of abusing her Myanmar maid, including forcing her to pour hot water onto herself and to drink water laced with floor cleaner. The abuse of the maid, Phyu Phyu Mar, happened from August to October 2016 at the house of the Singaporean married couple who employed

Donald Trump

US government shutdown continues to wreak havoc

SABC A scenario of political tit-for-tat is playing itself out in the United States as the government shutdown there edges closer to a month long over irreconcilable differences for the funding of a southern border wall with Mexico. In the latest salvo President Donald Trump blocked a Congressional trip led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to

Manuel Chang

Mozambique seeks ex-minister’s extradition from South Africa

AFP JOHANNESBURG – Mozambique has asked for the extradition of ex-finance minister Manuel Chang, who is detained in South Africa on US charges over a corruption scandal in his home country, a Johannesburg court heard on Friday. The unexpected petition means Mozambique and the United States both want to extradite Chang, who was arrested at

Omar al-Bashir

Thousands protest against Bashir’s rule across Sudan

AP Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The protests, called for by professional and opposition groups, are part of

Shoppers left stranded as internet shutdown takes toll on supermarkets

By Robert Tapfumaneyi MANY shoppers in Harare were Friday left stranded when they failed to purchase goods using electronic systems of exchange as a government freeze on the internet this week took a toll on business. Government ordered the blocking of the internet and social media platforms following three days on intense rioting by locals

Noah Manyika

Manyika urges ED to dump tour, come and deal with unrest

By Staff Reporter OPPOSITION Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BAZ) leader, Noah Manyika says President Emmerson Mnangagwa should abandon his foreign tour and return home to personally deal with citizen unrest that has elicited a ruthless military reaction resulting in civilian deaths. Manyika, who contested the July 30 presidential election, said in a letter penned to the