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93-year-old ex-Zambian president sent to Mugabe amid political impasse

The Zambian government has officially waded into the political crisis in next door Zimbabwe after stating last week that it was monitoring the situation. President Edgar Lungu on Monday sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down after his widely expected …

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Bill Clinton facing new accusations of sexual assault from four women

Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual assault from four women, according to highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. The current accusations against the 71-year-old former president — whose past is littered with charges of sexual misconduct — stem from the …

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Germany coalition talks collapse – MyJoyOnline.com

What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections. Her bloc won September’s poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties. After winning its first parliamentary seats, the far-right nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany) vowed to …

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Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite army pressure

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. The Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader and gave …

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader, officials say. Zanu-PF has appointed ex-vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago. The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, …

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Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF leaders meeting to decide Mugabe future

President Robert Mugabe’s closest allies in the party he founded are calling on him to step down, as pressure on him intensifies following a military intervention and protests. Senior Zanu-PF officials have begun talks on whether to dismiss Zimbabwe’s veteran leader from the party leadership. The party’s Youth League, previously …

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Fire rips through Cameroon parliament

An investigation is underway after the main parliament building in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé was badly damaged by a fire which ripped through four floors. Firefighters put out the blaze before it could reach the debating chamber. But the main opposition party’s offices were destroyed. There is no word on any …

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North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards. Doctors say the patient is stable – …

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Zimbabwe latest: Defiant Mugabe makes first public appearance

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. The military …

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US senator Al Franken apologises after grope allegation

US Senator Al Franken has responded to a woman’s allegations that he groped her as she slept and “forcibly” kissed her in a rehearsal for a comedy skit. Leeann Tweeden says the two incidents happened in December 2006 on a tour to entertain US troops overseas, before Mr. Franken entered …

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