Sunday, June 11, 2017
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1. Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people affected by drought at the end of this month, the UN has warned. Aid groups and the government are calling for help, but fear donor fatigue with other crises worldwide. A famine in north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia was dubbed the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since 1945 by the UN in March. But Ethiopia is also struggling following successive failed rains. Can Ethiopia cope with worst drought in decades? The government does not have the funds to cope by itself.
2. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has sacked the country's chief prosecutor, Johannes Tomana, after a tribunal found him guilty of misconduct and incompetence. Local media say he will now face trial for criminal abuse of office. Mr Tomana was suspended back in February 2016. His removal came after he dropped charges against two army officers accused of plotting to blow up a dairy belonging to Mr Mugabe's wife, Grace.
The two men were among four arrested outside the dairy farm, north of the capital, Harare.
3. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, is said to have been freed under an amnesty, in a move which could fuel further instability. His father's preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years. The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said he had been released on Friday but he has not been shown in public.
Local reports suggest he is now in the eastern city of Bayda with relatives. The militia group said it was acting on a request from the "interim government". That government - based in the east of the country - had already offered amnesty to Saif al-Islam. However, he has been sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli, the west of the country, where control is in the hands of the rival, UN-backed Government of National Accord.
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