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CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Despite Pope’s intervention, ‘rebellious’ priests frustrate Okpaleke out of Ahiara diocese

Peter Okpaleke, Catholic bishop of Ahiara diocese, in Imo state, has finally resigned, following rejection from the faithful in the diocese. A statement issued by the Vatican on Monday said Pope Francis has accepted his resignation. Ahiara diocese had been engulfed in crisis following their refusal to accept Peter Okpaleke, …

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Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Toshiyuki Iwado paid a courtesy call on Vice President Kembo Mohadi yesterday to discuss how to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting that was held at the VP’s Munhumutapa offices in Harare, Ambassador Iwado pledged continued support for Zimbabwe through completing …

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Govt to fulfil pledges to Tsvangirai

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday assured the family of MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai that Government will fulfil the pledges he made to the politician regarding his welfare. President Mnangagwa said Government will consult with the family to see how the promises he made to the former Prime Minister could be fulfilled. …

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Gambia announces moratorium on death penalty

Gambian President Adama Barrow on Sunday announced a moratorium on the death penalty as the West African country rebuilds its international standing following the removal last year of its longtime authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh. Capital punishment is on the decline across Africa, where governments executed 22 people in 2016 compared …

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Sacred Tibetan Jokhang Monastery is on fire

The Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa  is on fire, the monastery is the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism – Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda. Chinese state media said the blaze started late on Saturday and was …

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