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'Even Jesus' would have tripped: spin doctor on Mugabe fall LONDON: Zimbabwean state media and spin doctors rushed Thursday to defend 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe's honour after he fell from a staircase, saying "even Jesus" would have tripped under the circumstances.Mugabe missed a step as he walked off a podium Wednesday at Harare International Airport where he was addressing supporters after returning from Ethiopia where he was elected African Union chairman last week."President Mugabe yesterday tripped over a poorly laid-out carpet at Harare International Airport, but remarkably managed to break the fall before walking to his car, evidently unscathed," The Herald newspaper reported.Information minister and spin doctor Jonathan Moyo told the paper that Mugabe's fall was not news as anyone -- "even Jesus" -- could have tripped in that situation."The misrepresentations and morbid celebrations of the incident by malcontents is the real news here and not the alleged fall as there was none," Moyo was quoted as saying by The ...

Nigeria may push back deadline for voter ID handout: INEC LAGOS: Nigeria's election body said Wednesday that it may push back the deadline for distributing voter identity cards but denied media reports that the vote itself could be postponed. The spokesman for Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Kayode Idowu, told AFP that the body may allow voter ID cards to be handed out after the current February 8 deadline. However he described media reports about a possible election postponement as "completely false".The prospect of an ...
Burkina presidential guard calls for PM to step down: security sources OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's elite presidential guard is calling for interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida to step down, security sources said Wednesday.Members of the army's presidential security regiment (RSP) "are calling for the resignation of the prime minister," who has been in the job for little more than two months, following a popular uprising last year, the sources saidLast month, interim president Michel Kafando announced presidential and legislative elections will be held in October.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Barred Mugabe can travel to EU as AU head: official BRUSSELS: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe can visit the EU in his capacity as new head of the African Union despite a long-standing travel ban by Brussels, a spokeswoman said."This ban will be lifted when he is travelling under his African Union chairmanship capacity," European Commission spokeswoman Catherine Ray said.Asked if that would also apply to Mugabe's wife if she accompanied him, Ray said she would have to check.The EU issued a special invitation for Mugabe ...
Togo election set for mid-April: minister LOME: Togo's presidential election will be held in mid-April, a minister said Tuesday, clarifying a constitutional court ruling on the date of the vote.The cabinet is expected to set the date based on proposals from the national election commission, the minister for territorial administration, Gilbert Balawa, told AFP.A statement from Togo's constitutional court on Monday was interpreted to mean that voting had to take place no later than March 5, a timeline that opposition leader ...
Car bomb targets Tripoli militia, kills one TRIPOLI: A car bomb exploded Monday near the Tripoli headquarters of a Libya militia which controls the capital, killing one person and wounding two others, a security source said.The attack targeted the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade militia which occupies a former security building near the centre of the capital, said the source.The militia is headed by Haitham al-Tajuri, a controversial interior ministry official, the source added.The bombing came almost a week after a daring attack claimed ...
South Africa's rand slightly firmer JOHANNESBURG: The rand was slightly firmer against the dollar early on Monday, with scope to lose some ground after weak manufacturing data from China, a key importer of South African commodities, added to a gloomy outlook for the global economy.At 0640 the rand was at 11.6175 to the dollar, up 0.2 percent from Friday's close at 11.6410.The yield on the 2026 benchmark was flat at 7.135 percent.While concerns over the global economy had hit markets, ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln