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Zimbabwe denies reports of Mugabe's death HARARE: The Zimbabwe government on Thursday denied reports that veteran President Robert Mugabe, 91, had collapsed and died in Singapore after rumours spread rapidly about his alleged ill health.Under the headline "President well, fine", the state-run Herald newspaper said stories about Mugabe's health emerged each year when he took his annual leave outside the country."You cannot doubt that there will be a story on the President's alleged death every January," presidential spokesman George Charamba told the paper.Charamba blamed the ZimEye news website for starting the rumours."This is the way the website seeks to improve its hits in order to get dirty money... There is a financial incentive to the grim lie," he added.The Herald said that Mugabe was in the "Far East" but did not specify which country.The president, who is the world's oldest national leader, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.Despite his age, he continues to give long ...

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WHO due to announce end of Ebola outbreak on Thursday GENEVA: The World Health Organization is due to announce the end of the two-year Ebola outbreak on Thursday, when Liberia is expected to get the all clear.The announcement in Geneva will "mark 42 days since the last Ebola cases in Liberia were tested negative," the UN agency said in a statement, after Guinea and Sierra Leone were previously declared free of the virus. The announcement was previously scheduled for Friday, and no reason was given ...

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More women in new Ivory Coast government, some key changes ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan appointed more women Tuesday to his new government, tasked with accelerating economic growth in the world's top cocoa producer and west African powerhouse.Handing one out of four portfolios to women and changing the key justice, defence and foreign affairs posts which remain in male hands, the 73-year-old economist premier said "this is a fighting government with a mission."There are a total nine women among the 36-member cabinet, ...

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Seven dead in Boko Haram attack: local official, police KANO: Boko Haram gunmen have killed seven people in a raid in northeast Nigeria, a local official and the police told AFP on Tuesday, in the latest attack targeting remote communities.The attack happened on Sunday evening in the town of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, which has been repeatedly targeted despite a military counter-offensive against the rebels."They killed seven people and burnt 10 houses," said the former chairman of the Madagali local government ...

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Sudan security forces break up W.Darfur demo: sources KHARTOUM: Sudanese security forces in West Darfur's state capital on Sunday dispersed protesters who had gathered outside government buildings, with rebels claiming four demonstrators were killed but officials saying there had been no casualties.The unrest began after a group of people rallied outside the West Darfur government secretariat in Geneina, both government and rebel sources said."Security services supported by tribal militia opened fire on civilians protesting at the buildings of the secretariat of the West ...

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Boyfriend held in Ghana over British actress's murder ACCRA: The boyfriend of former British soap actress Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana over the murder of her and their two young sons, and now faces extradition to the United Kingdom, police said Sunday.Investigators tracked Arthur Simpson-Kent to undergrowth near the seaside town of Butre,where he was taken into custody Saturday in connection with the death of the former EastEnders actress and their two children Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4."We are waiting for ...

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Egypt's parliament meets after more than three-year absence CAIRO: Egypt's new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, state television reported, more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. The body is expected to choose a speaker on its first day back, and now has 15 days to approve hundreds of laws issued by executive decree during the period when it was suspended. Egypt's last parliament was elected in 2011-12 in the country's first free vote following a popular ...