Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has denied reports he has cancer, joking that he has died and been resurrected more times than Jesus Christ. On his 88th birthday, he told state radio: “I am fit as a fiddle”. Making light of numerous media reports of his sickness, the Roman Catholic Mr Mugabe said: “I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” After 32 years in power, he is seeking re-election in polls due before 2013. Continue reading Zimbabwe’s Mugabe jokes: I have beaten Jesus Christ
By JUAKALI KAMBALE NATION Correspondent
The DRC Government has pulled three broadcasting stations off air.
The media houses, two close to opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba and one belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, saw their signals stopped on Monday by the Ministry of Information. “Last Friday, we just received a letter from the Information minister urging us to refrain from broadcasting commercial advertisements, saying we are not allowed to do so. Continue reading DRC switches off broadcasters linked to opposition leader
Legal case involved 40 youngsters who were locked up in adult units under Home Office policy deemed to be unlawful
The Home Office has paid compensation of more than £1m, plus £1m costs, in a case involving 40 child asylum seekers who were wrongly detained as adults, the Guardian can reveal. It is thought to be the first case of its kind and the largest immigration detention payout for a single case. Government officials accepted that the policy was unlawful and changed it as a result of this case. However, data passed to the Guardian shows that children are still being detained. The case that resulted in the £2m payout involved girls and boys, including 25 aged 14 to 16, from countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Eritrea, Uganda, Somalia and China. Continue reading £2m paid out over child asylum seekers illegally detained as adults