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SADC urges rapid Zim poll result

Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders called on Sunday for the rapid release of results from Zimbabwe's election after a two-week delay that has raised fears of violence. A 13-hour summit in Lusaka also called on President Robert Mugabe to ensure that a possible run-off presidential vote be held ''in a secure environment''.

Singer dismisses sex allegations as ‘lies’

Popular Afrikaans singer Jurie Els, now living in New Zealand with his athlete wife Hestrie Cloete, has broken the silence around accusations of sexual abuse levelled against him by another, younger singer, Robbie Klay, media reports said on Friday. Klay has alleged that he was for seven years sexually molested as a child.

France to review Africa defence pacts

France will renegotiate all its defence accords with African countries, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday in a move that could scale back France's military support for some of its closest allies. France has defence cooperation agreements with several former colonies under which its forces provide varying degrees of military assistance.

Mike Tyson shows his soft side in South Africa

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, once nicknamed ''The Baddest Man on the Planet'', isn't about to set foot in any hotspots on his first trip to Africa. Tyson, whose career has been marred by controversy, including a prison term for rape and the infamous ear biting incident in a title fight with Evander Holyfield, says he has mellowed.

Zuma thrives on Mbeki blunders

It would have seemed all but unthinkable two years ago, but Jacob Zuma appears set to become leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC). Despite being dogged by graft allegations, analysts say he has patiently capitalised on the political blunders of his rival, President Thabo Mbeki, to win overwhelming support.

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