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Zambia opposition leader Hichilema released          

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been released from prison and treason charges against him were dropped, his party said shortly before his trial was to begin in Lusaka. The United Party for National Development said its leader and his five co-accused have been released from prison with the treason charge dropped. Hichilema has been in custody since April over an incident in which he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Lungu narrowly beat Hichilema in last year’s presidential election....

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SA President Zuma survives another ouster bid

South African President Jacob Zuma has survived yet another no confidence vote after 198 MPs voted against the motion in a secret ballot. Opposition parties had taken the Zuma ouster case to the Constitutional Court, forcing the the parliament speaker, Baleka Mbete to call for a secret ballot. However after today’s voting, President Zuma won by 21 votes. 198 Mps voted for President Zuma to stay as compared to 177 who voted for his ouster. Nine parliamentarians were absent during the voting process. President Zuma has survived several previous votes of...

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Burglar drinks champagne, falls asleep in stranger’s bed

A man has been charged by Australian police after allegedly breaking into a home, drinking the owner’s champagne then falling asleep in her bed. Senior Sergeant Richard Moore from Esperance police said the 36-year-old man forced his way into the house in Esperance, Western Australia around lunchtime on Friday. Senior Sergeant Moore said he fell asleep after drinking the resident’s expensive champagne. He said the owner returned home and allegedly found the thief in her bed. She called the police who later arrested the offender. Senior Sergeant Moore said the man was taken to hospital after being found very intoxicated. He has been charged with burglary offences.  ...

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Venezuelan troops, protestors clash

A wave of bloodshed swept Venezuela yesterday as troops cracked down on violent protests against elections to choose members of a powerful assembly that President Nicolas Maduro has tasked with writing a new constitution. Protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country, drawing a bloody response from security forces, who opened fire with live ammunition in some cases. At least 10 people were killed in violence around the vote, bringing the death toll to 120 people in four months of protests. Maduro has decreed a ban on protests during and after the vote, threatening prison terms of...

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Putin hits back at new US sanctions

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave United States diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by the first of September. It brings staff levels to 455, the same as Russia’s complement in Washington. Russia has also said it is seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats. The new US sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the US election....

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