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Two of Zimbabwe’s best known opposition figures have agreed to form an alliance against President Robert Mugabe. Long-time Mugabe critic Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice-President Joice Mujuru say they will work together in next year’s election. However, it is not yet clear which of them will be the presidential candidate. Mr...
Parents in Zimbabwe can now pay the school fees of their children using livestock. That is the announcement from the country’s government. Zimbabwe’s Minister Lazarus Dokora has said that managers of schools must be willing to accept the new mode of payment.  The Finance minister of Zimbabwe, Patrick Chinamasa has already...
A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six...
Taiwan’s parliament has approved a bill banning the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. The bill also prohibits those using a car or motorbike from pulling their pets alongside them on a lead as they travel. Anyone caught breaching the order faces a large fine or up to two...
Police have banned political protests across the Democratic Republic of Congo, setting the stage for possible violence if the opposition goes ahead with planned anti-government demonstrations today. All protests of a political nature would be "stopped", Colonel Mwana Mputu told UN-sponsored Radio Okapi. The main opposition coalition has called for nationwide...
A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons Leader David Lidington has said. He told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a “serious” incident. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said police told...
The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim-majority countries. Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports....
Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report – toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position. The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the...
Large sacks containing bundles of "crispy" banknotes worth a total of $155,000 (£130,000) have been seized at a Nigerian airport, officials say. The cash, in the local naira currency, was found near Kaduna airport's check-in and was still in sealed packs. An investigation is under way to trace the source of...
Tanzanian public broadcaster TBC has suspended nine staff after it aired a hoax story saying that US President Donald Trump had praised President John Magufuli's performance. The article appeared on a website called Fox Channel. The story, which was broadcast last week, said Mr Trump called Mr Magufuli an "African hero"...
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