A year after big protests, Faure Gnassingbé hangs on in Togo

TWO weeks ago sword-wielding soldiers flanked the red carpet as the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) filed into a fancy hotel in Lomé, the capital of Togo, for a two-day summit. Gendarmes closed off a chunk of the city. Traders in the market griped about a slowdown in business

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Zimbabwe:Biti Tells Court of Dramatic Escape Bid, Night in Toilet

[New Zimbabwe] MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti related before a Harare court Friday the gripping tale of his dramatic escape bid to neighbouring Zambia with suspected state agents in deadly pursuit while relatives were viciously harassed back home.

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Zimbabwe:Vote Was Fair With ‘No Cheating’ – Electoral Commission

[Deutsche Welle] Zimbabwe’s electoral management body has ruled out rigging or cheating in Monday’s landmark election. Preliminary results from the ‘too close to call’ ballot are expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

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