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Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The border zone contained the last few areas IS held, following its loss of the town of Rawa in November.

The US state department welcomed the end of the "vile occupation" of IS in Iraq and said the fight against the group would continue.

Odinga controversial swearing in Changed.

Odinga controversial swearing in Changed.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has decided to postpone his controversial swearing-in ceremony, slated for Tuesday, following the intervention of foreign diplomats.

 Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi announced the surprise about-turn, but promised to make final date by the end of today.

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Zimbabwe has taken steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year authoritarian rule.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51% locally owned.

He said privatisation of some state firms was being considered.

South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa takes lead in ANC president race

South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa takes lead in ANC president race

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, has a strong lead in the race to become the new leader of the governing African National Congress.

He emerged as frontrunner after ANC party branches chose between him and his rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

She is a prominent politician and the ex-wife of scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma, who steps down this month.

The winner of the party race will be well placed to become the country's new president in 2019.

Egypt colonel detained after announcing presidential bid

Egypt colonel detained after announcing presidential bid

Egyptian military prosecutors ordered a colonel be detained for 15 days after he announced plans to run in the country's 2018 presidential election, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Colonel Ahmed Konsowa was detained on Saturday on suspicion of "behaviour that harms the requirements of the military" because he "published a video and stated political views," said the lawyer, Asaad Heikal.

Suicide Bomber Kills Six Afghan Civilians

Suicide Bomber Kills Six Afghan Civilians

A suicide blast killed at least six civilians in eastern Afghanistan Sunday and wounded 13 others.

The bomber was on a motorcycle and apparently wanted to reach the venue of a massive pro-government rally in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province. But Afghan security forces intercepted him far away from the event, prompting him to donate explosives strapped to his body.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa gives key cabinet jobs to military figures

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa gives key cabinet jobs to military figures

Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has named his cabinet, appointing senior military figures to high-profile positions.

Mr Mnangagwa has made Sibusiso Moyo, the general who appeared on state TV after the recent military takeover, the new foreign minister.

The head of Zimbabwe's air force, Perence Shiri, was named the minister of agriculture and land affairs.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settler in West Bank

 Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settler in West Bank

A Palestinian man has been shot and killed by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank, officials say.

There are conflicting reports about the circumstances surrounding the incident near the village of Qusra.

Israel's military said the settler had opened fire in self-defence after Palestinians threw rocks at a group of hiking settlers and students.

North Korea launches 'highest ever' ballistic missile

North Korea launches 'highest ever' ballistic missile

North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said.

The missile, launched early on Wednesday, landed in Japanese waters.

It reached an altitude of 4,500km (2,800 miles) and flew 960km, according to South Korea's military.

Zimbabwe's new president dissolves Mugabe cabinet

Zimbabwe's new president dissolves Mugabe cabinet

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa three days after his inauguration has dissolved the cabinet of his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who resigned after the military took control of the country, a senior government official said Monday.

Mnangagwa "is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet ministers,” Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to the president and cabinet said in a statement.

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