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Zimbabweans in diaspora make Zimbabwe a cemetery

When people left Zimbabwe for the UK their minds were clouded by the idea of getting rich. Most had believed that they would work for six months and buy a Kombie , then go back home. Nobody had plans to stay forever. The situation was made worse by those who travelled earlier, they gave a very wrong picture of the ...

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Mbofana, stop being coy, what ‘large number’ we need to win since 73% was not good enough

When I was a student, I was an activity member of this political group. I soon resigned because the group was stuck on one subject; what languages should be used during the discussions. The group had members from different tribes in Zimbabwe and many, like me, could not speak and understand more than one local language. We all could speak ...

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Zimbabweans struggle to cope with their unusual English names in the UK

Zimbabweans in the UK have a torrid time with their names. Most people have got English names given to them by their parents. Probably our parents saw a notice on an electric pole which says danger, and then they name their child Danger. They never thought for a moment that they will travel abroad and have problems in sorting out ...

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Congolese radio journalist arrested at protest is beaten in custody

New York – Congolese authorities should immediately drop all charges against Jean Pierre Tshibitshabu, a reporter for the independent broadcaster Radio Television KADEKAS, and investigate claims that the journalist was assaulted in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces arrested Tshibitshabu in Lubumbashi on July 31, while he was covering protests calling for elections, according to the ...

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‘Tears of a women, hope of the nation’

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. At least 20 000 women were counted in, as part of this historical march. It’s been over 61 years since women stood up with one ...

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Diarrhoea outbreak at London games

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the World Championships in London have gastroenteritis, event organisers have confirmed. Public Health England say 30 athletes and support staff have been affected. Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who is among the favourites for the 400m, withdrew from Monday’s 200m heats after suffering from the illness. Several German and Canadian athletes staying at ...

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Neymar: Brazil forward to earn £40.3m a year at Paris St-Germain

Brazil forward Neymar will earn 865,000 euros (£775,477) a week when he completes his world record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain. The 25-year-old’s wages will equate to 45m euros (£40.3m) a year before tax. Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” and they are understood to be ready to meet ...

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Australia pay row: Deal agreed ‘in principle’ to resolve pay dispute

A deal has been agreed “in principle” by Australia’s players to resolve a long-running pay dispute that could have threatened this winter’s Ashes series against England. Cricket Australia says a deal was struck with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) on Thursday. The Test tour of Bangladesh starting this month is now expected to go ahead. Australia A’s tour of South ...

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US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 ...

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What if… Robots Replaced Teachers?

It’s a robot takeover! We at Team micro:bit have been overjoyed to bring you more than a year of micro:bit experiments, activities and entertainment, so we decided what better way to show our appreciation than to get in touch with our robotics buddies and cause a little havoc? Making robots with the micro:bit has been some of our favourite activities ...

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