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Fearless young Zimbabweans face up to world’s oldest leader

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwe has known only one leader since independence. First as prime minister, then president, there has only been Robert Mugabe at the top for the last 36 years. There have been challenges, opposition and violence, but the 92-year-old leader has always known how to deal with dissent and stay in power, frequently using brutal tactics. But ...

‘Our work was to kill’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The man who publicly accused Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of running a hit squad and personally killing people won’t be given state protection.Senate President Koko Pimentel announced on his verified Facebook page that Edgar Matobato won’t be put in protective custody because his life has not been threatened. “I’ve denied the request for protective custody of ...

Man who shot at George Zimmerman convicted of attempted murder

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Florida man was found guilty Friday of attempted second-degree murder, stemming from a 2015 road rage incident involving George Zimmerman, a court spokeswoman said. Matthew Apperson, 27, also was found guilty of shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm, Michelle Kennedy, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial Circuit, said. A jury deliberated for ...

WHAT IS GOING ON IN SYRIA IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The airstrike targeted a market. Syrian men evacuate a victim from the rubble of a building following an airstrike on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on September 10, 2016. People search for victims at the scene of the airstrikes. In February, a cessation of hostilities negotiated between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov fell ...

Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan holds funeral for president

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The funeral of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who died after a stroke this week aged 78, has taken place in the city of Samarkand. Thousands lined the streets in both Samarkand and in Tashkent, from where his coffin was earlier flown. Karimov, one of Asia’s most autocratic leaders, ruled for 27 years, and was accused by ...

Philippines bomb: Davao attack blamed on Abu Sayyaf

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The Abu Sayyaf militant group was responsible for a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte which killed at least 14 people, the government has said. Dozens were wounded in the blast at a market in the southern city of Davao. Mr Duterte – who was in Davao at the time of ...

IS conflict: Turkey sends more tanks into Syria

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Turkey has sent more tanks into northern Syria, in an operation against the Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish media reports say. The tanks crossed the border near the Turkish town of Kilis and journalists later heard firing and saw plumes of smoke rising on Syrian territory. Civilians were seen fleeing as the Turkish military advanced. The ...

Australian PM ‘read riot act’ to missing ministers

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Australia’s prime minister has said he “read the riot act” to three ministers after they went home early, meaning his government lost a series of votes. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition holds a majority of one seat in the parliament. The opposition Labor Party came within a single vote of calling for a royal commission ...

‘Knock and plead’ — On night patrol with Philippines police

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG It’s monsoon season in the Philippines and in a ramshackle neighbourhood in Quezon City, near Manila, a sudden downpour has left gray puddles in the rutted streets and fat, dirty drops of rainwater steadily dripping from corrugated metal roofs. It’s getting late as Leny Glivano, the neighbourhood captain, a small woman with a zeal in her ...

Ukraine since independence in three key charts

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Twenty-five years ago this month, the Soviet Union was falling apart. A short-lived coup against the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, had failed, but some of the republics that made up the continent-spanning nation had declared independence. On August 24, 1991, Ukraine followed suit, launching itself on a rocky journey. Territory lost For years, the country ...