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Tourist Barely Survives Second Elephant Attack In Zimbabwe

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Tourist Barely Survives Second Elephant Attack In Zimbabwe

There’s been another attack by an elephant on a tourist in Zimbabwe, this time in the resort town of Victoria Falls, a wildlife official said on Monday.

The unnamed German tourist was seriously injured by the elephant on Saturday afternoon, and is “lucky to be alive,” said state parks and wildlife management authority spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo.

“The suspicion is the tourist got close, which made the elephant uncomfortable,” Farawo told News24.

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“People need to know that this is the breeding season, and most of the elephants have calves around them so they tend to protect them,” he added.

He urged tourists not to be “daring” around wild animals by feeding them or trying to get too close.

The attack was the second one in less than a week.

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Rescued by curio vendors

On September 24, another German tourist visiting Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe was trampled and fatally injured by an elephant while trying to photograph its herd. The 49-year-old tourist died while being evacuated from the park.

Local press reports say that curio vendors helped to rescue the Victoria Falls tourist armed with nothing but a catapult.

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“I took a catapult and a stone that I always carry in my sling bag for protection and hit a female elephant that was standing close to the victim,” vendor Anele Mpofu told the private Standard newspaper.

“I hit it hard on the ear and a herd of about 12 elephants with three calves moved away,” he said.

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

Zimbabwe government and civil servants have finally agreed to a salary accord after the government increased its offer to four hundred million dollars, up by fifty million.

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This means government workers and civil servants will each receive an increment of a hundred twenty-nine dollars effective on April the first.

Negotiations for a further salary review, possibly in June, will continue with consideration of other non-monetary incentives.

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Apex council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander, says the welfare negotiations will continue until the welfare of civil servants improved.

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Niger’s Top Court Outlaws ‘Fifth Wife’ Sex-Slave Maids

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Niger's Top Court Outlaws 'Fifth Wife' Sex-Slave Maids

Niger’s top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as “fifth wives.”  This ends a decade-long legal battle by one victim that lawyers say could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice.

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UK-based anti-slavery international, says the “fifth wife” custom, also known as “wahaya,” is when, in addition to the four wives permitted by Islam, rich men take on other, unofficial wives who live as domestic and sexual slaves.

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Thomson-Reuters Foundation says a Nigerien court had initially ruled in favor of the victim’s master, but she appealed the decision.  Last month, the Niger court of appeals ruled that her first marriage was never valid and that all “fifth wife” marriages are illegal.

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

Gunmen have abducted twenty University of Buea male football team members in Cameroon’s southwest. A report says university Vice-Chancellor, Ngono Horace Manga, has confirmed the incident.

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The Vice-Chancellor is quoted as saying armed men stormed the university’s football ground and ordered the players who were training for an upcoming competition to leave with them.

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Manga also said the kidnappers contacted university authorities and demanded a ransom.  He did not disclose the amount for which they were asking.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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