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Zimbabwe opposition figure charged after forced return

UN accuses Zambia of violating international law after MDCs Tendai Biti is denied asylum A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician who was refused asylum in neighbouring Zambia and forcibly returned to his own country has been charged over his alleged role in last weeks post-election protests. We will keep on fighting, Tendai Biti told reporters, before being granted bail of $5,000 (3,885) and told to surrender his passport. The UN said it was gravely concerned that Biti, a former finance minister and senior figure in the Movement for Democratic Change, was…

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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

Archaeologists open granite tomb but are dismayed at state of decay after sewage leak Egyptian archeologists have opened a 30-tonne black granite sarcophagus to find three decomposed mummies after sewage water apparently leaked inside. The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. The Tomb after the lid was removed. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters The tomb was found buried five metres…

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Sudan overturns death sentence for teen who killed her husband after he raped her

Her legal team told CNN on Tuesday that Hussein, now 19, has been given a five-year jail term for killing the 35-year-old man. The court ordered her family to pay 337,000 Sudanese pounds ($18,700) in “blood money” to the man’s family. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/26/africa/sudan-death-sentence-noura-hussein-asequals-intl/index.html

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‘I dont know where my family is’: Cameroon’s refugees flee brutality

Cameroons ruthless conflict has splintered families and forced tens of thousands of people into Nigeria, where they lack shelter and food You cant sleep, says bishop Andrew Nkea, of the Mamfe diocese in south-west Nigeria, but most are sleeping rough in abandoned buildings, or out in the open. What began as a request for English to be used in the courtrooms and public schools of the countrys two anglophone regions has escalated into this crisis. If the situation is not defused through dialogue, the entire country could be destabilised before…

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Weezer finally covers Toto’s ‘Africa,’ bringing closure to teen fan

On Tuesday morning, Weezer dropped a cover of Toto’s epic 1980s anthem (and top 10 karaoke jam) “Africa” to stream across a variety of places or to buy on iTunes.  SEE ALSO: It’s gonna take a lot to drag you away from this Shiba Inu dancing to ‘Africa’ But this goes beyond just a tidy cover of a popular ’80s tune. No, this particular song brings to a close a nearly six-month-long campaign by an Ohio teen to get the band to cover “Africa.” The online drive picked up a…

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Teenager who killed husband after he raped her is sentenced to death in Sudan

Activists in last-ditch effort to save 19-year-old condemned to death for stabbing the man she was forced to marry as he assaulted her A 19-year-old Sudanese woman has been condemned to death by a court in Omdurman for stabbing to death the husband to whom she was forcibly married, who she says raped her with assistance of his family. The death penalty for Noura Hussein was confirmed by a judge on Thursday after her husbands family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and instead asked for her to be executed.…

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Sudan, the Worlds Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies at 45

Photograph by Glyn Edmunds via Ol Pejeta Conservancy Sudan, the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino, was put to rest at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where he lived for the past 9 years. Now, only two female northern white rhinos remain at the conservancy—the last of their kind on Earth. Rhinoceroses—of which there are five species—are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. To learn more about Sudan, you can read a lengthy tribute on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy website. He was deeply loved by all at Ol…

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One of the Biggest Diamonds in History Has Just Been Dug Up

One of the biggest diamonds in history has been discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa. Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found. The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the…

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Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family

Ousted president was also promised that his salary would continue to be paid for life, reveals senior Zanu-PF official Robert Mugabe and his wife will receive a golden handshake worth many millions of dollars as part of a deal negotiated before the resignation of the ageing autocrat last week. The exact sums to be paid to the former president and his wife Grace are still unclear, though one senior ruling party official with direct knowledge of the agreement said the total would not be less than $10m. The official said…

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URGENT: The Latest: Survivors’ Horrific Accounts of Egypt Attack

Cairo (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local): 8 p.m. Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor are giving detailed accounts of Friday's massacre at a mosque in northern Sinai. They describe intense gunfire ringing out as the mosque was shaken by blasts, and children screaming as their parents were mowed down. A stampede occurred as people rushed for an exit, while others tried desperately to force their way out of windows. They say the attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and…

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Want to Stay Safe While Traveling? Wear a Rolex

Explorer and conservationist Philippe Cousteau is the grandson of ocean-mapping legend Jacques. Co-founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people to work on sustainability, he travels the world filming documentaries from Sumatra to South Africa. In Cousteau’s latest show, the Travel Channel’s , he and his wife—former host Ashlan Cousteau—investigate stories of lost plunder across the Caribbean. He travels about 200,000 miles a year, usually on United Airlines. “I get Economy Plus for up to half a dozen people traveling with me automatically, if they’re on the same ticket,”…

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Somalia Readies for ‘State of War’ as Death Toll Up to 358

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. While President Mohamed Abdullahi…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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