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Organizers of anti-government protest beaten in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Diplomats say opposition activists were abducted and beaten before a demonstration against the cash-strapped government's plans to introduce a new currency.
The demonstration planned against the introduction of bond notes failed to take off Friday, after the violence against the organizers.
The European Union delegation in Harare said in a statement Friday that social activists were brutalized before the anti-government demonstration. The EU statement expressed concern at the recent growth of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
Local media reported that six people were beaten and two cars were burned Thursday night in what was seen as a warning against going ahead with the protests.
President Robert Mugabe's government, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is facing an economic crisis that has caused massive cash shortages.
Another 500 kilos of African ivory seized in Vietnam
Elephant tusks seized in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo by HCMC Customs Customs officials in Ho Chi Minh City discovered around 500 kilograms of ivory hidden in wooden blocks in two containers imported from Africa on Thursday night. The containers arrived at Cat Lai Port on November 18 with inventories stating they were carrying wood. Customs officials suspected illegal goods had been transported in the containers and summoned the recipient, a logistics company registered in District 2,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Inter out of Europa League after losing to Hapoel 3-2
MADRID (AP) — Inter Milan couldn't hold on to a two-goal lead against Israeli club Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Thursday, losing 3-2 and being eliminated from the Europa League with one round still to be played.Inter conceded three goals in the second half, including one in the third and final minute of stoppage time, as it lost for the fourth time in five games in Group K.Sparta Prague, which defeated Southampton 1-0 at home, secured first place in the group with 12 points, five more than both Hapoel… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
IMF agrees to Ivory Coast loans of $659 mn
Washington (AFP) - The International Monetary Fund has approved two loans totaling $658.9 million for the Ivory Coast, while welcoming recent economic and financial reforms made by the country.Abidjan will immediately receive a $94.1 million tranche, while the rest will be paid following semi-annual reviews of the economic program's implementation, the IMF said Monday.IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa said the Ivory Coast "economy has made an impressive turnaround since 2012 and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Costa Rica relocates croc that attacked US man in beach town
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A crocodile that seriously injured an American man in a Costa Rican beach town popular with surfers and eco-tourists has been captured and relocated to a wildlife refuge, community leaders and residents said Monday.The Tamarindo Community Development Association said in a statement posted online that the croc was captured Sunday. Association board member and local brewery owner Joe Walsh said biologists first had to green-light the reptile's removal from the area, where a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
The Latest: Romney arrives for private meeting with Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):1:10 p.m.Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has arrived for a private meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.The 2012 nominee was greeted by Trump and his Vice President-elect Mike Pence on the front steps of the club house. "How are you sir," said Romney, before shaking hands with both men.Romney was an outspoken critic of Trump during the election, calling… chat_bubble_outline Read More...