Oxfam suspects ‘physically threatened’ witnesses

Oxfam has revealed that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure. In the 2011 report, Oxfam said “more needed” to be done to prevent “problem staff” working for other charities. Despite the warning, several men linked to the alleged abuse subsequently took up roles at other charities. Oxfam – which has almost 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries – has released…

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Iranian passenger plane crashes in central Iran

A passenger plane carrying at least 60 people has crashed in a mountainous area of central Iran. The plane came down in the Zagros Mountains near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province while flying between Tehran and the south-western city of Yasuj. “All emergency forces are on alert,” an emergency services spokesman said. Bad weather prevented an emergency helicopter reaching the site. There is no official word yet on casualties. The plane, believed to be an ATR 72-500, was operated by Aseman Airlines. Reports say those on board were…

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Zuma’s reluctant exit ushers in new South African president

South Africa readied to welcome wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president Thursday after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party. Zuma announced he had stepped down in a late-night television address in which he took some digs at the African National Congress (ANC) party that had threatened to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote. In a 30-minute speech, Zuma said he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”. Zuma, 75, has been in a…

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Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangira dies aged 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer, party officials have said. Elias Mudzuri, a vice president of the Movement for Democratic Change party, reported Tsvangirai’s death in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. “It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Mudzuri wrote. Tsvangirai had been in and out of hospital in South Africa after revealing in 2016 that he had colon cancer. Read more about Tsvangirai here, and watch a 2009 interview with him here. He served as prime minister…

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Zuma succumbs to party pressure and resigns

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier yesterday, police swooped on…

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The Money was swallowed by a snake, Nigerian official accused of pocketing 36 million naira ($100,000;

  Many a child has told their teacher that their dog ate their homework over the years. But no-one has ever been audacious enough to claim a snake swallowed missing money – until now. A saleswoman working for the Nigerian exam board gave just that excuse after auditors discovered 36 million naira ($100,000; £72,000) was missing from her accounts. Some reports suggest the woman, who worked in the central city of Makurdi, tried to accuse her house help of being in on the plot with one of her colleagues. But…

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S.Africa State of Nation address amid turmoil

South Africa on Tuesday postponed its State of the Nation address, the keynote political event of the year, as the ruling ANC party grappled over a battle to unseat President Jacob Zuma. Zuma, in power since 2009, is fighting for his survival and faces the imminent risk of being ousted from office by his own party after multiple graft scandals. The African National Congress, which has ruled since Nelson Mandela won the post-apartheid 1994 election, is divided over whether Zuma should be “recalled” from his position. As president, Zuma had…

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Series of powerful aftershocks hit Hualien

Aftershocks continue to rattle Taiwan after a strong earthquake that killed at least four people and injured more than 200 others. The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Multiple buildings across the city of Hualien have been badly damaged. More than 140 people still remain unaccounted for from one building. Hualien, a popular tourist hub, is home to about 100,000 people. Residents in the city of Hualien have been told to stay away from their damaged homes, and about…

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Ugandan Pastor killed in South Africa

The South Africa-based Ugandan evangelist, Apostle Paul Kamba, is dead. He was yesterday morning gunned down in his office by unknown thugs. Kamba, who was the senior pastor of Destiny Midwives Christian Centre in Edenvale, South Africa, was rushed to the hospital, but was this morning confirmed dead. According to Apostle Mondo Mugisha, the lead pastor at the Empowerment Christian Prayer Center International, Kamba who was a close friend was shot twice in the abdomen. “He had just concluded the morning service and gone to take a break in his…

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Kenya’s court suspends ban imposed over Odinga ‘inauguration’

Kenya’s High Court has suspended the government’s shutdown of three of the largest private TV channels, BBC reports. They were taken off-air over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga’s unofficial “inauguration” on Tuesday. The court has suspended the ban for 14 days while the case is heard. The High Court also ordered the state not to interfere with the operation of KTN, NTV, and Citizen TV pending a full hearing. Mr Odinga lost last year’s election and his swearing-in was widely seen as a publicity stunt, but the authorities…

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