News in brief


Nigeria: At least 35 Boko Haram members killed by military

The Nigerian army has confirmed that at least 35 members of the Islamist group Boko Haram have been killed in the north east of the country. More than 60 other members have been detained, as the Nigerian army moved against Boko Haram operations in both Adamawa and Yobe states.

Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks in Nigeria, with the deaths of over 1400 people attributed to them since 2010. They have been blamed for an attack on a Catholic church on Sunday in which two people were killed. Earlier this year eight Boko Haram members were killed by Nigerian military forces.

Read our Boko Haram factfile

Zimbabwe: People power flushes out sewage system   

Residents of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, have conducted a synchronised toilet flush as part of a concerted effort to prevent blocked sewage pipes. The “big flush”, as it has been nicknamed, took place at 19.30, with residents warned they faced a fine if they failed to participate.

The Associated Press reports that the group flush will now take place at the same time twice a week as a preventative measure to keep the city’s sewage pipes lubricated.

South Africa:  Arrest warrant issued for Julius Malema

Controversial politician Julius Malema has been granted bail after being charged with money laundering. South Africa’s police force has been investigating corruption allegations for some time.  Mr Malema denies the charges, labelling them as politically motivated. Addressing hundreds of his supporters who had gathered outside the courtroom, he said he was “unshaken” adding that “what you see is what you get”.

Mr Malema used to be a close ally of the ruling ANC party’s President Jacob Zuma, but relations soured and Mr Malema was expelled from his position as head of the ANC Youth League earlier this year. Commentators have suggested that Mr Malema’s supporters – including vast numbers of unemployed youths – are likely to perceive this latest development as a “political witch-hunt”.

Mr Malema has recently been a key figure in the ongoing mining disputes which have seen many miners die in violent encounters with police.

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