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     Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, falls down steps after speaking to supporters

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  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, falls down steps after speaking to supporters

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, fell down steps from a podium after speaking to supporters upon his return from Ethiopia, say witnesses.

    Mugabe appeared to miss a step and toppled when he left the raised lectern at the airport Wednesday afternoon, according to several witnesses, who insisted on anonymity because of security concerns.

    mugb5His aides quickly helped him up and escorted him to his limousine which sped away, they said.

    "He addressed supporters who welcomed him ... He missed a step as he walked down from the podium and immediately fell down," said a witness.

    Some press photographers who captured the fall said they were forced to delete their pictures by security personnel.

    Mugabe's spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    mugb4Mugabe was elected chairman of the 54-nation African Union at a summit of African leaders on Jan. 30 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The role of rotating AU chairman is largely ceremonial.

    He celebrates his 91st birthday on February 21. Mugabe takes annual vacations every January to Asia, including Singapore where he has visited specialists for checkups on his eyes, according to Zimbabwean officials. The Zimbabwean leader has repeatedly insisted that he is "fit as two fiddles."

    Zimbabwe, a once-prosperous nation of 13 million people in southern Africa, has struggled since Mugabe's government began seizing white-owned farms in 2000. Mugabe is accused of using widespread violence to win several disputed elections, according to human rights groups. The country suffered hyperinflation until it abandoned its currency for the U.S. dollar in 2009.

    mugabe3The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 over abuses linked to national elections, banning travel in Europe and freezing the assets of dozens of officials and business representatives. The measures have been gradually lifted in recent years to encourage reform but Mugabe and his wife Grace remain on the EU blacklist.

    Now that Mugabe is the head of the African Union, the European Union has decided to ease its travel ban on him while he is chairman for the next year.

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  • Ethiopian arrested for stealing Dh471,000 (2.6 million birr) in Dubai

    Dh471,000 (2.6 million birr) stolen from car in Dubai as owner ate lunch

    Man allegedly tailed victim after leaving bank, broke car window, stole cash in envelope

    Dubai: A man has been accused of smashing a car’s window and stealing Dh471,000 that belonged to a company owner, who was busy having lunch with his relative.

    The 36-year-old Ethiopian man, B.S., was said to have tailed the Turkman company owner since the latter cashed two cheques and kept the money in an envelope in his car that he parked outside a restaurant in October 2013.

    B.S. was believed to have been watching the man before he and another suspect smashed the car’s window and fled after stealing the cash.

    The suspect pleaded not guilty when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

    Prosecutors accused B.S. and another suspect [who remains at large] of using a hammer to break the window and steal the money. They were also charged with wrecking the car.

    The 50-year-old Turkman testified to prosecutors that the incident happened shortly after he encashed two cheques from a bank in Deira at 12.30pm.

    “I put the money in an envelope that I kept in the car and went with my relative for lunch at Al Garhoud. When we returned to the car, we discovered that someone had broken the glass and stolen the envelope,” claimed the company owner.

    A policeman claimed to prosecutors that primary interrogations exposed the involvement of Ethiopian suspects in the heist.

    “Investigations revealed that some Ethiopians had rented a car. The car rental office’s vehicle tracking system revealed that the rented car had followed the Turkman after he drove from the bank to the restaurant. The car was leased to an Ethiopian named Ebrahim [the suspect who remains at large]. The tracking system confirmed that the rented car’s engine remained on when it stopped in front of the bank… then it moved towards Al Garhoud. B.S. was arrested later for his involvement in a similar case… his fingerprints matched those that were lifted from the company owner’s car. However, the suspect denied any involvement in stealing the Dh471,000,” the policeman testified.

    Presiding judge Ezzat Abdul Lat adjourned the case until the suspect presents his defence when the court reconvenes on February 5.

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  • President Kiir, Ethiopian PM meet over South Sudan crisis

    By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

    April 17, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, on Thursday arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where he held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn on the political turmoil in South Sudan.

    Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L), South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta in Juba, December 26, 2013 (AP)
    Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson earlier said President Kiir’s visit to Addis Ababa was mainly to discuss the way forward for the ongoing conflict, which has displaced over a million people.

    "President Kiir will also hold talks with the African union and the IGAD mediation team on the current security developments, and to affirm commitment of the government to bringing lasting peace to the country," Ateny told reporters in Juba.

    "The president is keen to see that talks are confined to the two warring parties," he added.

    But while Ateny insisted the visit would focus on the current peace talk process, a senior diplomat at the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, claimed the South Sudan leader was also expected to ask the Ethiopian prime minister, to expedite deployment of the regional troops to replace Uganda forces in the country.

    Kiir recently paid visits to Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda where he held talks with leaders of the respective countries on the faltering peace process.

    Part of his visit was also to push members of the East African regional body the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to immediately deploy peace keeping forces.

    The deployment of an IGAD force - on top of the UN Mission in South Sudan - as had been agreed at previous meeting of the group, but it has been rejected by the South Sudanese rebels led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

    Upon arrival at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, President Kiir was warmly welcomed by Aster Mamo, Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister for good governance and reform cluster and minister of the civil service.

    Government sources told Sudan Tribune that during their meeting, the South Sudanese leader briefed his Ethiopian counterpart on the current situation in South Sudan, as well as his recent regional tour.

    President Kiir and Desalegn have reviewed the way IGAD was handling the peace process between South Sudan’s warring parties since its outbreak in December 2013.

    The two sides also consulted on ways how the next round of negotiations should proceed in a way to that would quickly end the fierce fighting and bring about a peaceful and durable solution to the current crises in the world’s youngest nation.

    The South Sudan leader’s visit comes as the SPLM-in-Opposition forces led by Machar, recaptured Bentiu, the strategic oil-rich Unity state capital.

    Rebels have further launched military attacks to control other key towns.

    There are reports that the two rivals are now engaged in a heavy fighting in Renk County of the oil-rich Upper Nile state.

    South Sudan has been shaken by fierce violence since mid-December last year when rival factions of the presidential guards clashed in Juba.

    The conflict which quickly spread to other parts of the country and eventually took ethnic lines claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced over one million.

    Continued fighting and food insecurity has also forced over one million people, including some 100,000 people to Ethiopia.

    The two sides signed a shaky ceasefire agreement on 23 January following weeks of IGAD led negotiations in Addis Ababa.

    However, the cessation of hostilities agreement did not stop fighting on the ground with both sides trading accusations of violating the terms of the agreement.

    A fresh round of negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the SPLM/A-in opposition is due to resume on 22 of April in Addis Ababa without the participation of the seven former detainees (SPLM-seven) who were recently excluded from the talks mediated by IGAD.

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