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S.African king to be jailed for kidnapping, assault JOHANNESBURG: A South Africa traditional king of Nelson Mandela's Thembu ethnic group was Wednesday due to start serving a 12 year prison sentence for arson, kidnapping and assault of his subjects.King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was expected to spend his first night in jail Wednesday after failing in his 11th-hour bid to evade incarceration by seeking a retrial or a presidential pardon.The controversial king was six years ago convicted of manslaughter, arson and assault charges for offences committed more than two decades ago.He was sentenced to 15 years in 2009, but he went on to appeal resulting in the Supreme Court reducing his sentence to 12 years after it dropped the culpable homicide charge.On Wednesday he sought to urgently extend his bail, but a High Court judge in Mthatha, the largest city near Mandela's rural home of Qunu, threw out the request."The application is refused," ruled judge Nozuko Mjali.The national prosecution authority ...

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Burundi president vows to fight African Union peacekeepers NAIROBI: Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Wednesday he would fight proposed African Union peacekeepers if they set foot on Burundian soil, defying intense global pressure to accept the force."Everybody should respect the borders of Burundi. If the troops are in violation of this decision, they will have attacked Burundi, and each Burundian must stand up to fight them," Nkurunziza said in a speech broadcast on state radio."The country will have been attacked, and we will ...

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Zimbabwe government workers vow to strike over late pay HARARE: Government workers in Zimbabwe vowed Tuesday to go on strike in January after their salaries and annual bonuses were not paid in the latest sign of the country's economic woes.The state-controlled Herald newspaper quoted workers' representatives as saying their members had not received their wages and would not work after January 1."We do not have transport money to go to work, which simply means that we will be home starving without even food," Zimbabwe ...

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Central Africa set to vote for 'president for peace' BANGUI: The Central African Republic votes Wednesday in presidential polls, in which all leading candidates have vowed to reunite a nation torn and terrified by unprecedented sectarian strife.Postponed several times due to violence and logistical problems, the first round of the polls was again delayed by three days from Sunday, partly because of reports of clashes in regions where armed gangs still hold sway.The vote, which also includes legislative polls, follows a referendum on constitutional ...

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Ebola battle nears landmark as Guinea to be declared disease-free CONAKRY: A key moment in the battle against the world's deadliest outbreak of Ebola will be reached on Tuesday when Guinea, the first of three west African states struck by the epidemic, is set to be declared free of the disease.One of the poorest nations in the world, Guinea leapt to global prominence after becoming the host country for "patient zero" -- an infant, Emile Ouamouno, who on December 2013 became the outbreak's first victim.The ...

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Benin prime minister unhurt after helicopter crash COTONOU: Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou emerged unscathed after a helicopter he was travelling in crash-landed in the country's northwest, an official said Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday at a stadium in Djougou but there were no casualties. "The prime minister was on board at the time of the crash-landing ... happily he emerged safe and sound," a source in the Beninese presidency told AFP."My father is well. There are no victims of the ...

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Burundi rivals head for Uganda peace talks KAMPALA: Rival Burundi factions travelled to Uganda on Sunday ahead of talks aimed at ending months of violence, diplomats said, as the African Union pushes the government to accept a peacekeeping force.Those travelling include a government delegation as well as some opposition members and civil society representatives, diplomats said, ahead of talks on Monday at Uganda's presidential palace in Entebbe, just outside the capital Kampala.Burundi's unrest began in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his ...