Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - At least 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in the latest clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic, authorities said on Monday.
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The Syrian army has claimed it shot down an Israeli reconnaissance drone flying near the occupied Golan Heights, state media said Monday. "A military source announced on Sunday night that an Israeli unmanned Skylark-1 model drone had been shot down in Quneitra province, close to the village of Hader" near the Golan Heights, the official Sana news agency said. An Israeli military source contacted by AFP would not comment on the reported downing but did not deny the incident. Israeli jets in March targeted military positions in the Quneitra region that borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired two cabinet ministers and five deputy ministers, the presidency announced late Sunday, in an apparent purge targeting allies of his former deputy Joice Mujuru. The move came after months of political upheaval in Zimbabwe over the succession to 90-year-old Mugabe when he dies or steps down. Mugabe, who is currently holidaying in Asia, dismissed Flora Buka, minister of state for presidential affairs and Sylvester Nguni, minister of state in the office of the vice president, saying "their conduct and performance were below expected standards", according to a presidency statement. The two were seen as allies of former vice president Mujuru, who was dismissed two weeks ago along with seven cabinet ministers and a deputy minister.
An Australian mother charged with killing eight children will have her case heard in January, a court said Monday, as she struggles to come to terms with what happened. Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, 37, also known as Mersane Warria, is accused of eight counts of murder after the bodies of the children were found in a house in the northern city of Cairns on Friday morning. The Cairns Magistrates Court refused an application by the women's lawyer Steven MacFarlane for the next hearing on January 30 to be in a mental health court. This is procedural as MacFarlane said she was currently on an involuntary treatment order and would be assessed, "so once she gets assessed, then it may go to a mental health court at that stage".