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Compensation for seized land 'an urgent issue', Germany tells Zimbabwe

Harare - Germany has reportedly demanded compensation for land seized from its citizens during Zimbabwe's controversial land reforms, saying this was "an urgent and important issue".

According toNew, Germany's ambassador to Zimbabwe Thorsten Hutter maintained that the issue of compensation was part of the re-engagement dialogue between the southern African country and the European Union.

Hutter said this following a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda.

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'Excessive' spending by Mugabe government could fuel inflation: IMF

Harare - The International Monetary Fund (IMF)is warning that excessive spending by President Robert Mugabe's government will worsen cash shortages and stoke inflation.

The warning came as latest figures showed inflation rose to 0.48% in April up from 0.21% in March.

"Excessive government spending, if continued, could exacerbate the cash scarcity, further jeopardise the health of the external and financial sectors, and, ultimately, fuel inflation," said Ana Lucia Coronel, who headed an IMF mission to the country this month.

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Zim to build Robert Mugabe University... Would YOU send your child there?

Harare - Will any top Zimbabwe officials actually send their children to the newRobert Mugabeuniversity that's being set up in honour of the 93-year-old president?

That's what Zimbabweans have been asking after the officialChronicle newspaperreported this week that the authorities had begun the process of "setting up" the new institution, which is being billed as a "smart" university likely to specialise in engineering.

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'Islamists' stone couple to death in north Mali: official

Bamako - An unmarried couple was stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by "Islamists", local officials told AFP on Wednesday, the first such incident since jihadist groups were driven out of the region.

Jihadists seized key northern cities in Mali in March 2012, and though they were driven out by a French-led military intervention in 2013, Islamist groups continue to make their presence felt with frequent attacks on domestic and foreign forces.

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SA deports at least 300 Malawi illegal immigrants - report

Cape Town - South Africa has deported at least 300 Malawian citizens, who had been living in the country without proper documents, a report says.

According toNyasa Times, Malawi's deputy national spokesperson for the immigration department, Wellington Chiponde, said that half of the deportees arrived in the southern African country on Tuesday.

The other half was expected to have arrived on Wednesday.

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'Several dangerous criminals' on the run after DRC prison break

Kinshasa - Rebels from an outlawed political-religious group staged a daring attack Kinshasa's central prison, breaking out their leader and other prisoners, with at least eight people killed and scores still missing.

The pre-dawn attack was carried out by a secessionist rebel group which rejects the authority of President Joseph Kabila's government and wants to set up a parallel state in the west of the country.

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Source: News24

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