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18 AFRICA/WORLD Tuesday, December 19 2017 | NEW ERA Zimbabwe Military Leader Chiwenga Set to Retire Pending ‘Redeployment’ HARARE The head of Zimbabwe’s military, who led the de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule last month, is set to retire, the government said yesterday, paving the way for his widely anticipated appointment as vice president. Constantino Chiwenga is the top contender to become a deputy to the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of two posts Mnangagwa has promised Commander Phillip Sibanda will succeed Chiwenga as defense forces chief, a statement said. The government also announced the retirement of police chief Augustine Chihuri, a deeply unpopular Mugabe loyalist who it said has been on leave since 15 December. Chihuri was accused by rights groups of presiding over vicious crackdowns on dissent and popular protest in the 18 months before Mugabe’s ouster. Mnangagwa, who was sworn in on 24 November, also appointed Major General Edzai Chimonyo, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tanzania, to army commander and promoted a number major general. In a sign of the military further consolidating its political power, Mnangagwa last week made three generals members of the ruling ZANU-PF party’s – Nampa/AFP Constantino Chiwenga Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot Russian President Vladimir Putin MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA’s help in thwarting a planned attack in Saint Petersburg, the second time changed praise. Putin spoke by phone with Trump to convey his gratitude for intelligence supplied by the CIA, which allowed Russia’s FSB security service to break up a “terrorist cell” that was planning attacks in Russia. The FSB announced on Friday it had arrested seven members of an Islamic State group cell that had been planning a suicide bombing and “the killing of citizens” in crowded areas of Saint Petersburg on 16 December. - - Bortnikov said Russia was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018. Russia has suffered several attacks this year, including a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 14 people dead. The threat of attack has increased since Moscow’s military intervention in Syria in September 2015 to support President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, making Russia a priority IS target. elled from all over the world, including Russia, to join IS in Syria after the 2014 declaration of its self-styled “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq. In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2 900 Russian citizens had joined the jihadist group, as well as several thousand Central Asians. In a phone call on Thursday, Trump and Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme, and the US leader took the unusual step of thanking his Russian opposite number for hailing the American economy. The pair has lavished praise on each other in the past, with commentators describing their cosy relationship as a “bromance”. But diplomatic ties between Washington and Moscow are still each other’s diplomats in September and the US designation last month of Russia’s English-language news channel RT as a “foreign agent”. Nonetheless, “President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives,” the White House said. “President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be.” He then called CIA Director Mike Pompeo to “congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!” the statement added. At his annual press conference this week, Putin said allegations of Russian interference in last year’s US election had been “made up by people who are opposed to Trump so as to delegitimise his work.” The two leaders met in July on the side-lines of the G20 summit in Germany, after which Trump said he “accepted” Putin’s assurance that Moscow did not meddle in the vote. “The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump,” Putin told reporters at the time. “There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need.” - Nampa/AFP 11 dead, 15 missing in Chile mudslide SANTIAGO A mudslide, which buried much of a village in southern Chile, has killed 11 people while another 15 are still missing, authorities said Sunday. The tragedy struck a picturesque village of Villa Santa Lucia in the southern Los Lagos (Lakes) region where heavy rain triggered mudslides that swallowed up most of the homes in the village of 300. Ten families have been evacuated, Onemi added. The town was unable to vote in Sunday’s presidential runoff won by conserva- Pinera. The toll surged from a previous count of eight dead and 12 injured. - Nampa/AFP TOKYO Tokyo prosecutors yesterday raided two major construction luded to secure contracts for Japan’s multi-billion-dollar maglev project that will see trains running at 500 kilometres per hour. The state-of-the-art maglev, or magnetically levitated, trains are scheduled to begin commercial service between Tokyo and Nagoya in central Japan in 2027, hub of Osaka. The giant project, estimated to cost nine trillion yen (US billion) in total, has seen various companies competing for contracts ranging from tunnelling work to building stations. headquarters and another Tokyo tors from the Tokyo District Trade Commission for suspected anti-trust law violations, said a company spokesman who declined to be named. “We’d like to decline to comment on further details as the investigation is ongoing. We will continue to fully cooperate with the investigation,” he told AFP. Another general contractor Shimizu also said it was raided yesterday. The raids came after Japanese media reported that prosecutors would shortly raid Japan’s big four contractors – Kajima, Shimizu, Taisei and Obayashi – over alleged collusion. panies, called “super general contractors”, met regularly to rig bids, local media alleged. Of the last 22 bids related to the maglev project, 15 were won by joint ventures the four groups separately formed and distributed almost evenly among them, the reports said. Taisei and Obayashi were not raided yesterday. But prosecutors searched Obayashi earlier this month on suspicion of obstructing other companies’ business. The company reportedly pressured other contractors to drop their planned bids for a contract Nagoya. Shares in Kajima, Shimizu and Taisei dropped more than two percent yesterday while Obayashi closed slightly higher. Maglev trains will run at 500 kilometres per hour, roughly twice as fast as the current bullet trains in Japan. A maglev train clocked a new world speed record in a 2015 test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometres per hour mark. - Nampa/AFP Caption (Train): Japan’s multibillion-dollar maglev project that will see trains running at 500 kilometres per hour