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18 AFRICA Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Zanu-PF to hold extraordinary congress HARARE Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has resolved to hold what’s known as an extraordinary congress in December that could see the appointment of a female vice-president. Its women’s league has been pressing President Robert Mugabe, 93, to abide by the party’s constitution and to appoint a woman as one of the two vice-presidents. This could pave the way for First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rise to become Zanu- PF’s second-in-command. In July, President Mugabe proposed that the annual December conference be turned into a congress that will have the power to decide whether to amend the party’s constitution to create a third vice-presidency for a woman. His wife is seen as his top pick for that post. The congress will also allow Mugabe to re-organise Zanu-PF, which has been wracked by in- themselves to take over from him when he dies or retires. Veteran Zanu-PF politician Joice Mujuru was the party’s last female vice-president. She lost the post - and was expelled from the party - after Grace Mugabe led a campaign against her, accusing her of trying to oust her husband. Mrs Mugabe and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa are among potential candidates to succeed Mugabe. – BBC Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast At least 276 people have died in a massive bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. A Turkish military plane has arrived with medical aid. It will then evacuate about 40 of the injured to Turkey for medical treatment. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. One of the victims was a medical student who was due to graduate the next to attend her graduation but instead witnessed her burial. No group has yet said it was behind the bombing, but President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed blamed al-Shabab, calling it a “heinous act”. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaeda, and which often attacks Mogadishu, normally claims them fairly quickly afterwards. On Sunday, some Somalis took to the streets of Mogadishu to condemn the group. Devastating blast… The explosions struck two busy junctions in Mogadishu on Saturday. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Photo: Nampa/AFP The explosion was at a busy junction, destroying hotels, gov- Some 111 of the dead have been families. However, 165 bodies be buried in a national mass funeral, according to Somalia government News Agency, Sonna. Maryam Abdullahi had been due to graduate as a doctor the following day. Abdullah’s sister Anfa’a told the BBC Somali Service that she was devastated. “The family is so shocked, especially our father who travelled all the way from London to attend her graduation, but instead he attended her burial.” Anfa’a said she had spoken to her sister 20 minutes before the blast. “At that time she was in Banadir Hospital where she was working. She told me she the hospital and she promised to call back”. A BBC Somali reporter at the scene of the main blast said the Safari hotel collapsed with people trapped under the rubble. An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”. Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack. “What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition.” – BBC Monday, 16 16 October 2017 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Roads Authority 09:30-15:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ____________________________ Tuesday, 17 October 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 NIMT (Keetmanshoop) 09:00-16:00 Windhoek Vocational Training Centre 09:00-15:00 Walvis Bay NAMBTS (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ____________________________ Wednesday, 18 October 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Keetmanshoop Town (NG Church Hall) 11:00-18:00 IIT 09:00-14:30 Pick ‘n Pay (Walvis Bay) 10:00-15:00 ____________________________ Liberia: Weah and Boakai headed for presidential run-off Tight race… George Weah (left) and Joseph Boakai will go head-tohead in the Liberian presidential run-off. Photos: BBC Thursday, 19 October 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Regional Health Training Centre (Keetmanshoop) 09:00-14:30 NUST (Main Campus, Ground floor Office Block) 09:00-15:30 Henties Bay (Community Hall) 10:00-15:00 ____________________________ Friday, 20 October 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Mariental Town (Anandi Guesthouse) 11:00-18:00 NUST (Lower Campus, Ground Floor, Science and Technology Building) 09:00-15:30 Jumbo Charcoal (Walvis Bay) 09:00-14:00 ____________________________ Sponsored by: Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. Nearly all the results from Tuesday’s poll have been counted, the election commission says. win the Ballon D’Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Boakai is in second place with 29%. A second round between the pair has been set for November 7. candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%. Both Weah and Boakai had predicted of voting. Weah’s former manager Wenger, was earlier this week apparently duped by false reports that he had already been elected president. He told reporters: “It’s not often you have a former player who becomes president of a country. So well done, Georgie.” Liberia, which was founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years. after her predecessor, Charles Taylor, was forced out of of- a long civil war. Taylor is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence in the UK for war neighbouring Sierra Leone. Weah, 51, has chosen Taylor’s ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his running mate. – BBC

Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 19 Baghdad, Kurds urged to avoid ‘escalatory actions’ BAGHDAD The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group urged Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurds on Monday to “avoid escalatory actions” after Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake parts of Kirkuk province. “We continue to advocate dialogue between Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. All parties must remain focused on the defeat of our common enemy, ISIS, in Iraq,” Major General Robert White, a commanding general in the coalition, said in a statement. The Iraqi operation, which follows weeks of soaring tensions between two US allies in the battle against IS, aims to retake oil and military sites in Kirkuk that Kurdish forces against the jihadists. It follows the referendum last month, which saw Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly back independence for their northern region, despite warnings from Washington that the vote would complicate efforts to tackle the jihadists. At least 10 Kurdish fighters were killed and 27 wounded during pro-government paramilitary The coalition said it was monitoring movements of military vehicles and personnel in Palestinian Authority advance unity deal GAZA CITY The Palestinian Authority’s top of- Gaza Strip on Monday, after Hamas agreed to hand over control of the borders under a landmark reconciliation deal. The two sides signed a reconciliation agreement in Egypt last week aimed at handing control of the Gaza Strip back to the PA a decade after Fatah and Hamas fought a near civil war. Nazmi Muhanna told journalists that he had been sent by president Mahmud Abbas to implement the agreement, “the taking over of the crossings.” He said he was hopeful that in talks with Hamas they would On edge… Iraqi forces use a tractor to damage a poster of Iraqi Kurdish president districts of Kirkuk for fear of clashes after Iraqi military forces launched operations Photo: Nampa/AFP agree on handing over the borders quickly. Hamas has controlled Gaza since seizing it in a 2007 near civil war followed an electoral dispute after parliamentary polls won by the Islamist movement. The border crossings are seen as a key test case as to whether the reconciliation agreement will succeed. They are meant to be handed over to the PA by the beginning of November, ahead of the full transfer of power in December. Multiple previous reconciliation attempts have failed. Gaza borders both Egypt and Israel, but they have been largely sealed off by the two countries in recent years, citing security concerns around Hamas. – Nampa/AFP the vicinity of Kirkuk, which is disputed between Baghdad and the Kurds, and denied a widescale offensive was under way. “These movements of military vehicles, so far, have been coordinated movements, not attacks,” the statement said. It said coalition forces were not supporting activities by the Iraqi or Kurdish governments around Kirkuk. The coalition was aware of reports of clashes, it said. “We believe the engagement this morning was a misunderstanding and not deliberate.” – Nampa/AFP Israel launches air strikes on Syrian soil Jerusalem VACANCIES Israel’s military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it escalation in the war-torn country. Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbour- in their direction, a military spokesman said. The planes returned safely, according to the spokesman, adding it was believed the anti-aircraft battery in Syria was destroyed. “We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the Syria,” Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists. Israel “will maintain its ability to thwart hostile intentions and activities endangering Israeli civilians,” he said. He did not specify how many Israeli planes were involved in the reconnaissance mission, but described them as being “in proximity to the Syrian border.” The battery targeted was located some 50 kilometres east of Damascus. It was believed to be the said Conricus. However, Israel’s military said it had no interest in any further escalation. “Israel has no intention to destabilise the situation,” Conricus said. – Nampa/AFP Heavy Duty Truck Drivers & Bus Drivers Rosh Pinah We are seeking experienced individuals to form part of our team based in Rosh Pinah. Experience: Skills and Competencies: Successful candidates should be able to start ASAP. New deal… Egyptian Intelligence services chief Khaled Fawzi (centre) arrives with Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmad (left) and Hamas’ Saleh al- Aruri (right) before signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on October 12, as the two Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Gaza Strip by December 1. Photo: Nampa/AFP Email: Closing date: 31 October 2017

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