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A former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan has said the only legitimate and sustainable way out of the Zimbabwe crisis is through elections with integrity in 2018.

In a statement, Mr Annan said the political crisis in Zimbabwe is not yet resolved.

Zimbabwe’s powerful war veterans have claimed that Robert Mugabe swapped speeches to avoid resigning during a televised address to the nation on Sunday night, as they repeated their call for him to go.

The 93-year-old, sacked as leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party, had been given a noon deadline (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign as head of state or face impeachment when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday. There was no word on his fate as the deadline passed.

Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.

The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.

FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between them.

Danish Queen Margrethe

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is expected in the country this week for a three-day royal state visit. The Queen’s visit to Ghana is at the invitation of Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

This will be the queen’s 53rd state visit and her first to West Africa.

She will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr Anders Samuelsen, and the Minister for Environment and Food for Denmark, Mr Esben Lunde Larsen.

Zimbabwe's ruling party has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president.

Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place.

Mr Mugabe (C) arrived with a military escort

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

Four suicide bombers have killed at least 10 people and wounded many others in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

The attackers, who included women, detonated their explosives in the Muna district, police said.

President Paul Biya


Cameroon's President Paul Biya is marking 35 years in office today - making him one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

Mr Biya first took office in 1982, when the country had a one party system.

Grace Mugabe


President Robert Mugabe's wife on Sunday said she is ready to succeed her husband as tensions rise in Zimbabwe's ruling party over who will take over from the country's ageing leader.

"I say to Mr Mugabe you should ... leave me to take over your post," she said in an address to thousands of indigenous church followers at a stadium in Harare.

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal is hearing an application by prosecutors to increase disgraced Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius' six-year prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Prosecutors say the sentence is "shockingly light", and he should be given a 15-year jail term.

Ugandan MP fined for peeing in public place


A Ugandan MP has been fined by a court in the capital, Kampala, for causing a public nuisance by urinating in public after pictures of the incident were widely shared on social media, the New Vision news site reports.

Abraham Abiriga was given a fine of 40,000 Ugandan shillings ( $10, £5) for the 25 September incident near the gate of the ministry of finance.

A former President of the Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has stated that political stability are two sides of the same coin.

He said countries cannot have ever political stability when there is no security and they also cannot have security when there is no political stability. They must both existing and we cannot have one without the other.

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Media captionIn Barcelona's central square, the crowd sings Freedom for Catalonia


Thousands of Catalans have protested against the detention of eight regional ministers sacked over Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

The officials - who appeared in Spain's high court - are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

Prosecutors are also seeking a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who did not show up in court and is now in Belgium.

Doaa Salah dressed to appear pregnant when she addressed single motherhood on her show

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An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to three years in jail after she discussed ways of becoming pregnant outside a conventional marriage.

Doaa Salah, a presenter on Al-Nahar TV, asked if her viewers had considered having sex before marriage, and also suggested a woman could marry briefly to have children before divorcing.

US President Donald Trump has repeated calls for the suspect in the New York truck attack to get the death penalty.

But Mr Trump backed away from his call a day earlier to send Sayfullo Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, saying "that process takes much longer".

Officials say more than 1,000 buildings and vehicles have been damaged


South Korea has delayed its nationwide college entrance exam for the first time ever, after the country was struck by an earthquake on Wednesday.

Students and parents usually spend months preparing for the crucial exam.

The 5.4 magnitude tremor hit the south-eastern port city of Pohang in the afternoon, and dozens of aftershocks have occurred since.