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Defiant Mugabe attends graduation ceremony

Defiant Mugabe attends graduation ceremony

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Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since an apparent military coup, turning up to a graduation ceremony.The deposed leader is chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe and goes to the ceremony each year.Wearing an academic gown and mortar board, he was cheered by the crowd as he opened the ceremony.Sky News' David Bowden, who is in the capital Harare, said: "Mugabe is not known as a shrinking violet. He's supremely confident in his own abilities, whatever they might be. I suspect this might be a final act of defiance."Mr Mugabe's public appearance comes amid reports he has been under house arrest since the coup began on Tuesday.He reportedly refused to resign at a meeting with generals and was pictured for the first time last night.In the images taken at State House in Harar...
Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

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Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday said he attacked and tried to rape a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture but did not intend to kill her.He made the admission on the first day of his murder and rape trial in Naha District Court.Shinzato said he planned to knock out Rina Shimabukuro, 20, on April 28, 2016, with a stick and then rape her after he saw her walking in Uruma. He said he panicked when she didn't completely lose consciousness so he took her to a nearby grass field. She was found strangled and stabbed several times, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Shimabukuro's death was premeditated, though, because Shinzato took with him a large suitcase to dispose of her body. After her death, he allegedly put her in the suitcase, took it t...
Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceZimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country.President Robert Mugabe is said to be under house arrest but the whereabouts of his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, are unknown.South African ministers have been in the capital Harare meeting the army and political parties.The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc will hold emergency talks on Thursday. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.But the power struggle over who might succeed him, between Mrs Mugabe and her rival former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, has split the ruling Zanu-PF party in recent months.Last week, Mr Mu...
Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

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The head of the African Union has said the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup".The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster early on Wednesday, claimed they had not carried out a coup.President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe".The Zimbabwean army said it took Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace into custody but there are unconfirmed and disputed reports that the first lady has fled the country and may be in Namibia.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and th...
Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

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The US secretary of state has condemned "just horrific" scenes during a visit to Myanmar for talks with Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Speaking on Wednesday during a joint conference with the country's leader, he called for a impartial investigation into human rights abuses and for those who had committed them to be held accountable."We are deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces," he said.But he said the US was evaluating whether to use the term "ethnic cleansing" over the crisis and regarded levying sanctions against the state as "not advisable" at this time."We want to see Myanmar succeed," he said. "I have a hard time seeing how that helps resolve the crisis."Video:Why has th...