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Chad vows to wipe out Boko Haram

Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to “wipe out” Boko Haram and called on the group's chief Abubakar Shekau to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding out.

“It is in Abubakar Shekau's interest to surrender, we know where he is. If he refuses to give himself up, he will suffer the same fate as his comrades,” Deby said at a press conference with his visiting Niger counterpart. Read more about Chad vows to wipe out Boko Haram

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30 feared dead in mine blast

Thirty-two miners in eastern Ukraine were missing and feared dead on Wednesday following an explosion at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

The blast took place at Zasyadko mine in the separatist hub of Donetsk, near the city's war-wrecked airport.

The chairman of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, announced 32 miners killed in what he called a “terrible tragedy”.

“There are victims, currently numbering 32,” Groysman told the assembly, calling on lawmakers to observe a minute's silence. Read more about 30 feared dead in mine blast

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Mugabe reaps bitter harvest

Robert Mugabe is worried about maize production this year. And it is not only unkind, seasonal weather - late rains, and now no rain - that is the cause of the poor harvest this year.

His farmers have failed him.

On the eve of his birthday party in Victoria Falls last Saturday, Mugabe told State media he worried that perhaps he had given A2 farmers, as they are known, too much of the land taken from white commercial farmers since 2000. Read more about Mugabe reaps bitter harvest

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Mujuru rejects witchcraft claims

Zimbabwe's ousted vice-president Joice Mujuru on Tuesday accused President Robert Mugabe of making “sexually lewd claims about her at his birthday party at the weekend.
“Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the fantastical and sexually lewd allegations made against me by the leader of my political party Zanu-PF on the occasion of his birthday celebrations this past weekend, she said in her first public statement in more than two months.
“I am at a loss as to how I continue to be the subject matter of presidential conjecture and fantasy. I don't do such things.
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Security Council agrees to South Sudan sanctions

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday creating a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, hoping it will press rival leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands.
The resolution drafted by the United States says an arms embargo is possible if the warring sides can't stick to a peace deal. Talks on a deal continue this week in Ethiopia, with a Thursday deadline to reach a decisive peace agreement.
“Those who frustrate peace must begin to pay the price, US Ambassador Samantha Power said.
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Boko Haram releases beheading video

Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.
The film, released on Monday, shows militants standing behind the two men who are on their knees, their hands tied behind their backs, with one man standing over them, holding a knife.
One of the men is made to tell the camera that they had been paid by authorities to spy on the militant group, before the film moves to another scene showing their decapitated bodies.
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Poisoning fears spark Oscar’s chakalaka diet

Oscar Pistorius is reportedly surviving on tinned food in prison which he buys himself – because he fears getting poisoned.

The fallen Olympic hero’s new diet of chakalaka veggies is a far cry from the caviar and champagne he is used to.

You magazine reported this week that the convicted killer started buying the tinned food at the prison tuckshop after he received threats from inside the Kgosi Mampuru II prison that he would be poisoned.

According to the report, Pistorius has lost so much weight that his prosthetic legs no longer fit. Read more about Poisoning fears spark Oscar’s chakalaka diet

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Netanyahu’s nuclear war of words

An unbridled Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, on Tuesday night accused the United States and its allies, including Britain, of pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran so weak that it would all but ensure that it acquires nuclear weapons, catapulting the world into a “nuclear nightmare”. Read more about Netanyahu’s nuclear war of words

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MDC slams Mugabe racism’

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday criticised President Robert Mugabe's “crude and racist remarks against white farmers, made at the statesman's 91st birthday celebrations.
The party, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, said Mugabe's threat to take over the country's remaining white-owned farms and safari operations was “fascist and Stalinist.
“Investors can never be keen to come and invest in a country run by an intolerant, corrupt and racist demagogue, the party said.
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SADC declares Lesotho elections fair

The elections in Lesotho were transparent and fair, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) said on Monday.
The Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho organised, conducted and delivered credible elections at a short notice, SEOM head Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in a statement.
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