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War Veterans Demand Mugabe’s Name Removed From Zimbabwe’s Main International Airport

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War Veterans Demand Mugabe's Name Removed From Zimbabwe's Main International Airport

War veterans in Zimbabwe are demanding Robert Mugabe’s name be removed from the country’s main international airport in the capital.

The airport was renamed from Harare international airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport last year, a few weeks before Mugabe resigned as president following a military takeover.

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The Zimbabwe national liberation war veterans association (ZNLWVA), said a petition would be handed over to president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who won a disputed election last month.

The group says it will march to the airport on Wednesday to demand the removal of what it calls  mr mugabe’s “dirty name,” and for other heroes’ names to be considered instead.

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The group’s secretary general, Matemadanda says the current name is tarnishing the legacy of the liberation struggle because Mugabe, after whom the airport is named, is a sell-out.

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Mugabe ruled the country for 37 years.

The constitutional court is set to hear the opposition’s challenge on Wednesday.

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Morocco: Teachers Protest Over Poor Working Conditions

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Morocco: Teachers Protest Over Poor Working Condition

More than ten thousand Moroccan teachers have staged a new protest in the capital, Rabat, on Sunday to demand better working conditions.  This followed another demonstration that was broken up by police.

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These nationwide teacher strikes in Morocco have continued for three weeks and have drawn at least seventy-thousand public school teachers, marching across the country to protest against a new teacher employment contract they see as an attack on their rights and financial security.

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Their demands include legal due process for teachers facing dismissal, protection of the right to strike, periodic pay increases, increased teacher training, improved student transport and construction of more schools.

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Cyclone Idai: Cases Of Cholera Reported In Storm-Hit Areas

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Cyclone Idai: Cases Of Cholera Reported In Hit Areas

Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe were hit last week by one of the biggest and most aggressive cyclones ever recorded in the Southern African region.  It took the storm a few hours to kill hundreds, topple homes, uproot trees and leave scores of residents submerged in water.

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Mozambique’s third largest city, Beira, received the largest share of the devastation.  The Port City was turned upside down.  The extent of the devastation is massive, and the city is still primarily without electricity, running water and mobile phone service.

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Relief organizations, including the international federation of the red cross and red crescent societies, say some cases of cholera had already been reported.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe storm victims now face grief and hunger.  The country’s entertainment stars have organized a concert to raise funds to help victims.  There is growing fear of starvation in communities that have been cut off by smashed bridges or destroyed roads.

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UN says Death Toll From Massacre In Mali Now Up To 134

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United Nations says Death Toll From Massacre In Mali Now 134

The United Nations says death toll from massacre in a village in Mali has risen to 134.

An ethnic Dogon militia, already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year, is said to have attacked an ethnic village just before dawn on Saturday. The militia accused the ethnic community of having ties to jihadist groups.

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A visiting UN representative said in Bamako the killings are an “unspeakable attack.”  Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutterres condemned the attack and called on Malian authorities to swiftly investigate and bring perpetrators to justice.

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