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High school shooting in Florida

At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida.

The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in police custody.

As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on the building.

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Morgan Tsvangirai has died

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday, according to party officials.

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had been in a critical condition in a South African hospital.

He has been in and out of hospital since June 2016, after disclosing that he had colon cancer.

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London shares lowest since 2016

European markets have followed Asian markets lower on Tuesday as investors continued to dump shares.

London, Frankfurt and Paris all fell sharply when they opened on Tuesday with losses of up to 3%. In the US overnight the Dow lost 4.6%.

Japan's Nikkei 225 closed down 4.7%.

The sell-off began last week after data in the US showed stronger wage growth, which raised expectations that US interest rates might start to rise more quickly to tackle inflation.

Four civilians killed by Cameroon Forces

Cameroon security forces have killed four civilians in the country's restive English-speaking west, local sources said on Sunday.

One person was shot dead late Saturday in Bamenda, the main regional town where he was enjoying a night out, his family said.

"We were going home when the gendarmes stopped us. They opened fire on our vehicle because some of us were slow to get out," the victim's brother said.

No SA white farmers in Zim

A Zimbabwean farmers union has reportedly called on the government to protect local farmers, saying that it is against farmers from South Africa who want to cross the border and gain from the country's agricultural opportunities.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) director, Ben Gilpin, said that his union would "discourage" farmers from South Africa coming to the southern African country, as they preferred the opportunities be given to the union members.

Zimbabwe Elections

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on Wednesday that the country would go to the polls before July, in the first elections since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

Mnangagwa, who took office in November after a shock military takeover led to Mugabe's ousting, promised to hold a fair vote.

Under Mugabe, who had ruled since 1980, Zimbabwean elections were marred by vote-rigging, intimidation and violent suppression of the opposition.

Transparency on Country Debt - Zambia

Zambia's opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), has challenged President Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front party to come clean on Zambia’s debt, the Zambian Observer reported on Monday.

“There are serious doubts about the exact figure Zambia owes in debt because the Patriotic Front government has not included some of the projects done using borrowed resources,” said the UPND’s finance committee chairperson, Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane.

Seven Die in Ethiopia Religious Festival

At least seven people died after clashes broke out between security forces and worshippers taking part in a religious ceremony marking Epiphany in northern Ethiopia over the weekend, officials said.

Authorities in the Horn of Africa country's Amhara region said they were yet to determine the causes of the violence that first erupted on Saturday in the town of Woldiya, more than 500 kilometres north of the capital Addis Ababa.

London Bomb Attack

A man accused of driving a van into worshippers near London's Finsbury Park Mosque became convinced that all Muslims were extremists or rapists in pedophile gangs, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Darren Osborne, 48, is accused of driving into a crowd of worshippers attending Ramadan prayers in June. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, was killed and nine people were injured in the attack.

Osborne, of Cardiff, Wales, denies charges of murder and attempted murder.

Lucas Mangope dies

Former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Mangope has died‚ SABC reported on Friday.

Mangope was the leader of the apartheid-era homeland from 1977 to 1994.

The former high school teacher was widely criticised for being a puppet of the apartheid regime.

During the pre-democracy negotiations‚ Mangope insisted that Bophuthatswana would remain an independent country. However‚ he was overthrown by the military shortly before the first democratic elections.

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