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Zambia parliament approves 'enhanced security measures'


Zambia's parliament has approved enhanced measures for security services for a 90-day period in a decree by President Edgar Lungu, a move critics say is an effort to tighten his grip on power. Opposition legislators boycotted the vote on Tuesday, leaving only the 85 members of the president's majority party to pass the measure Lungu invoked the emergency powers last week, alleging that opposition parties were behind a string of arson attacks intended "to create terror and panic," including one that burned down the main market in the capital Lusaka. Nobody was killed or injured in the blaze. Political tensions in Zambia, seen as one of Africa's more stable and functional democracies, have been rising since the arrest on treason charges of...

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Ray Phiri: South Africa’s Graceland star dies


The guitarist, producer and vocalist rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon's Graceland album in 1986. He was admitted to hospital two weeks ago and died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane says he was...

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200 Air Zimbabwe workers to lose jobs in fourth lay-off in 8 years


Loss-making Air Zimbabwe is cutting half of its 400 jobs as part of a restructuring plan meant to revive the ailing national carrier, Chairwoman Chipo Dyanda said on Wednesday. Like most state-owned companies in the southern African country, Air Zimbabwe...

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Vote to replace Kabila 'probably not possible' in 2017


A vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year, president of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission said in a move that will violate a deal that let Kabila stay on past the end of his mandate. Kabila's...

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