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Zim Man Arrested After Hitting Drinking Buddy in The Head With An Axe

According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, Bhekithemba Mpofu was arrested by villagers and was handed over to the police after hitting a man, only identified as Aleck, on the head with an axe.

The incident happened early on Wednesday morning last week.

A police spokesperson has confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect had been arrested and would face attempted murder charges.

Uganda Inspires Cheap Malaria Tool

At the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, he showed off his latest gizmo - a cardboard centrifuge that can spot malarial parasites in blood.

He also launched a citizen science project to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes by their sound.

The "abuzz" project asks people to record the sound of mosquitoes' wings beating, on the microphones of their mobile phones, which are available even on the most basic models.

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

It blamed Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, for the "deteriorating performance" of her office, driven by what it called her "strained relations" with staff.

But local media have linked the shock move with Ms Dabo's alleged criticism of controversial elections on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar last year.

In a statement, the foreign ministry did not comment on the reports, but urged the UNDP to remind its staff that their first priority was to work closely with the Tanzanian government to help it meet its development targets.

'Phenomenal' Progress in Fighting Tropical Diseases

In 2015, one billion people worldwide were treated for at least one tropical disease. Companies have donated seven billion treatments since 2012.

The World Health Organisation said improving water and sanitation was key to driving further progress.

Some 170,000 people die from one of the illnesses every year, but their biggest impact is disabling their sufferers.

In an interview with BBC News, Bill Gates praised pharmaceutical companies for "doing their part in a great relationship" by donating treatment at "a phenomenal scale".

Facebook Pushes Augmented Reality

Speaking at F8, the company's annual conference for software developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality, although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself.

A recent push by Facebook to add camera features to its suite of smartphone apps will help the company popularise similar features, Zuckerberg said.

"Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality platform forward," he said.

May Calls for June Election Ahead of Brexit Talks

“We need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin,” the prime minister said outside her Downing Street office.

The pound, which has fallen because of the Brexit vote and plunged ahead of May’s announcement Tuesday, rose sharply against the euro and the dollar after it.

Gambia Gets Female Parliament Speaker

Mariam Jack Denton, the first woman to be called to the Gambian Bar, thanked President Adama Barrow, who ousted longtime leader Yahya Jammeh following December elections.

"I am honoured by the confidence and trust that (Barrow) and members of the National Assembly have in me by respectively nominating and electing me," she said.

To read the article titled, "Gambia Gets Female Parliament Speaker" click here.

Philippines says Militants On the Run On Tourist Island

The military chief said six Abu Sayyaf gunmen had been killed, among a group of 11 that arrived in Bohol by boat from their southern base of Jolo island, about 500km away.

The government lost three soldiers and a policeman in the battle that broke out on Tuesday in a rural area of Bohol - one of the country's top tourism draws.

To read the article titled, "Philippines says militants on the run on tourist island" click here.

African migrants sold in Libya 'slave markets'

Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold.

Migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the IOM in Libya told the BBC.

Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 Nato-backed ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

To read the article titled, "African migrants sold in Libya 'slave markets', IOM says" click here.

Four Killed In Pakistan Bomb Blast

Security officials had cordoned off the area on Bedian Road in the bustling capital of Punjab province after the blast, which rescuers said occurred just before 08:00am local time.

"It appears to have been an act of terrorism," Punjab provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said in televised comments, adding that two soldiers and two civilians had been killed.

Rescue officials and police confirmed the toll, with a police official telling AFP the census team had been the target of the attack.

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