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Africa's first white leader in decades

Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott, named interim leader after the death of President Michael Sata has become Africa's first white head of state since South Africa's last apartheid president.
He will run the copper-rich country briefly - during the 90 days until fresh presidential elections are held.
But the 70-year-old is currently not eligible to become president because of foreign parentage rules in Zambia's 1996 constitution.
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No arrests made in Meyiwa case - SAPS

Reports that two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa are not true, Gauteng police said yesterday.
"There is nothing like that. We are still investigating... the reports are untrue," Brigadier Neville Malila said.
The SABC reported on Wednesday night that two people had been arrested.
According to the public broadcaster, the two were being held for questioning after they were arrested in Nongoma, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. They were reportedly arrested following a tip-off by members of the public.
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Kelly not welcome at funeral

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's family have barred his girlfriend and mother of his child, Kelly Khumalo, from attending his funeral in Durban, The New Age reported on Wednesday.
“The service is open to anyone who wants to come to pay their last respects to Senzo, but that girl [Kelly Khumalo] is not welcome. She mustn't even think about coming,” Meyiwa's father, Samuel was quoted as saying.
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King Cobra’s tongue

Zambian President Michael Sata’s death was confirmed yesterday by the secretary to the cabinet, Rowland Msiska, in a televised address.
Sata died in a London hospital. He was 77.
He was a controversial figure who was given the nickname “King Cobra” because of his sometimes venomous style of politics.
Ill-health appears to have struck down Sata before he could complete his first term and his demise has created great uncertainty about the succession in his Patriotic Front (PF) which is riven by bitter rivalry between its left and right wing factions.
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‘Grace power bid is madness’ – ex-minister

Suggestions that Grace Mugabe could succeed her nonagenarian husband as Zimbabwe’s president are “madness”, the country’s former finance minister and opposition leader Tendai Biti told AFP on Tuesday.
Biti - who served in a coalition government led by 90-year-old Robert Mugabe and is a leading member of the Movement for Democratic Change - said the first lady’s ascent to power would be a “regression” even after years of crisis.
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Pope: ‘Big Bang’ doesn’t exclude God

Scientific theories including the “Big Bang” believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, an independent body housed in the Vatican and financed largely by the Holy See, Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation.
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Meyiwa terrified in last minutes - witness

Senzo Meyiwa’s last minutes were marked by agony and terror, says a neighbour who had run to Kelly Khumalo’s home, after he heard gunshots.
According to Mbuyiselwa Kula, who lives next door to Khumalo, a singer and Meyiwa’s girlfriend, the soccer star was found lying on her dining room floor with a gunshot wound.
Kula told the Times that Meyiwa looked frightened and tried to say something but those trying to help him had to remain calm.
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Outcry against Egypt’s move to monitor NGOs

Egypt’s ultimatum to thousands of non-governmental organisations to register with the government by November 10 will deal a death blow to the country’s civil society, activists say.
Armed with a law from the era of Hosni Mubarak, the autocratic president ousted in 2011, the new authorities in Egypt are aiming to keep tabs on the activities and funding of NGOs by forcing them to register.
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Kurds thwart new IS bid to cut off Syria's Kobane

Kurdish forces have thwarted a new attempt by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy.
The pre-dawn assault marked the fourth straight day the jihadists had attacked the Syrian side of the border crossing as the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters prepare to head for Kobane, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The peshmerga forces are "ready to go", but they are not expected to deploy to Kobane before Monday at the earliest, Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported.
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Secular party upbeat as Tunisia awaits vote results

Tunisia's main secular party was in a confident mood yesterday with vote counting under way following a general election seen as critical for democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring.
US President Barack Obama hailed the North African country's first parliamentary election since its 2011 revolution as "an important milestone in Tunisia's historic political transition".
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