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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes power and vows to serve all citizens

Mr Mnangagwa is sworn is as Zimbabwe's new president

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens. He said he felt “deeply humbled” to take the role. And he said he was “not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans from across the political and racial divide who have helped make this day.” He paid tribute to his predecessor Robert Mugabe – to muted ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes power and vows to serve all citizens

Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens. He said he felt “deeply humbled” to take the role. And he said he was “not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans from across the political and racial divide who have helped make this day.” He paid tribute to his predecessor Robert Mugabe – to muted ...

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Oscar Pistorius jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled

OSCAR PISTORIUS

A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly light”. Ms Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said. “They feel there has been justice for ...

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Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe as president

Emmerson Mnangagwa returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to a hero's welcome

Emmerson Mnangagwa is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president, following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. The former vice-president – who returned from exile on Wednesday – will be inaugurated at Harare’s stadium. His dismissal this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit. ...

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Manus Island: Police enter former Australia-run asylum centre

PNG authorities have given asylum seekers a deadline to leave, the former detainees say

Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was shut down on 31 October, citing fears for their safety. On Thursday, men inside the camp said that PNG police had ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa promises jobs in ‘new democracy’

Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses supporters in Harare

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed a “new and unfolding democracy” after returning from exile to replace Robert Mugabe. He also vowed to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed. “We want to grow our economy, we want peace, we want jobs, jobs, jobs,” he told a cheering crowd in Harare. Mr ...

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Nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in Adamawa state

This image taken from TV, shows the interior of a mosque after a deadly attack

At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, police say. A bomber struck inside a mosque packed with worshippers during morning prayers in the town of Mubi. Witness Abubakar Sule told AFP news agency that it appeared the bomber was part of the congregation. No-one has said they were behind ...

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Mugabe resigns: Zimbabwe celebrates end of an era

Thousands dancing on Zimbabwe streets to celebrate end of Mugabe era

Jubilant Zimbabweans celebrated late into the night after Robert Mugabe resigned as president. He held power for 37 years and once said “only God” could remove him. While still considered by some to be an African independence hero, his many critics see him as a despot who ruled by fear and brought a once-promising economy to near ruin. His shock ...

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Mugabe Resigns

Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe has resigned via a letter, speaker of Zimbabwe’s parliament has said, halting the impeachment debate. Zimbabwe’s parliament had started impeachment proceedings against Mr Mugabe. Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980, was accused of allowing his wife to “usurp constitutional power” by trying to position her as his successor. The motion to remove ...

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Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’

Trump declares North Korea 'sponsor of terror'

President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list. In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger “very large” additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday. But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later admitted that “the practical effects may be limited”. Mr ...

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