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Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe has poured scorn over
the latest rumours of his health,
joking that he had died and was
Mugabe, 92, was at the main
airport in Harare and appeared
jovial as he disembarked.
Flight data had suggested his
plane was heading to East Asia
but that it instead went to
Dubai. Mugabe said he had gone
there for a family matter.
In May, Mugabe's wife, Grace,
said that he would rule from the
The flight path and other
rumours had led some to
speculate that Mugabe had
suffered a serious health
problem and had sought
treatment in Dubai or had even
succumbed to his illness.
Reports say that on arriving at
Harare, Mugabe had told
reporters in the local Shona
language: "I had gone on a family
matter to Dubai concerning one
of my children.
"Yes, I was dead, it's true I was
dead. I resurrected as I always
do. Once I get back to my
country I am real."
Mugabe has been in power
since 1980 and has said he will
run again for office in 2018. The
country remains in political and
economic turmoil, amid
allegations of government
I died and was resurrected, jokes Mugabe
A Missionaries of Charity nun greets Pope
Francis upon his arrival in St Peter's Square
at the Vatican for a jubilee audience for
workers and volunteers of mercy, yesterday.
Hundreds of thousands of admirers of
Mother Teresa are expected at the square
today. (AP PHOTOS)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
The appointment of the bishop of Grantham
was a "major error", the conservative Anglican
group Gafcon has said.
Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain revealed he
was gay and in relationship last Friday.
He was consecrated by the archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin Welby---who has said he
knew about the bishop's sexuality.
But Gafcon, a group which includes
conservative Anglicans around the world, said
there had been an "element of secrecy" in his
A statement from Gafcon said the news
about Bishop Chamberlain would "exacerbate"
divisions within the Church of England and the
wider Anglican world.
"There are aspects of this appointment
which are a serious cause for concern for
biblically orthodox Anglicans around the world,
and therefore we believe that this
appointment is a major error," the Gafcon
In an interview Bishop Chamberlain said he
understood the church guidelines, which say
gay clergy must remain celibate.
"I never thought that I would be on the front
page of a newspaper or indeed in the news in
this way, because my sexuality is part of who I
am, rather than the whole of who I am," he
He also said he had been open about his
sexuality prior to becoming a bishop.
Asked about those who were uncomfortable
about his appointment as bishop, he said: "I
very much understand and respect their
feelings and convictions and I hope that we are
all part of God's people together." (BBC)
The United States and China
yesterday each submitted their
plans to reduce carbon emissions
to the United Nations, officially
ratifying an agreement forged
last year in Paris meant to curb
President Barack Obama and
Chinese President Xi Jinping sub-
mitted their nations' plans to UN
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
at a summit in Hangzhou, the
host city of this year's Group 20
The US and China are the
world's largest carbon polluters,
and officials hope their formal
entry into the Paris accord will
spur other nations to come
aboard. The Paris agreement only
goes into effect if 55 nations sign.
Because the US plan was
termed an "executive agreement,"
the White House says Obama did
not require Senate approval for
"I believe that history will judge
today's efforts as pivotal," Obama
said after he and Xi formally sub-
mitted their nations' plans. (CNN)
US, China join Paris climate pact
Turkey has sent more tanks
into northern Syria, in an oper-
ation against the Islamic State
(IS) group, Turkish media reports
The tanks crossed the border
near the Turkish town of Kilis and
journalists later heard firing and
saw plumes of smoke rising on
Civilians were seen fleeing as
the Turkish military advanced.
The tanks were backed by
artillery, which fired on IS posi-
tions in the area, Turkish media
The reports said about 20 tanks,
five armoured personnel carriers
and other armoured vehicles were
involved in the assault.
The incursion took place about
55km (34 miles) south-west of
Jarablus, where Turkey last week
launched its first major incursion
into Syria since the conflict start-
ed.Syrian rebels backed by Turkey
said the offensive aimed to put
pressure on IS from both east and
west in that area of the border
The British-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights
said rebels had won control from
IS of three villages in the area yes-
terday, two nearer to Jarablus and
one on the new front to the west.
The latest incursion comes three
days after Turkey hit out at the
United States over criticism of its
role in the Syrian conflict.
Turkish forces have targeted IS
inside Syria, but have also attacked
Kurdish fighters in the same
The pursuit of the Kurdish YPG
militia has led to criticism by
Washington, which regards the
Kurds as one of the most effective
forces in the battle against IS.
Ankara says the Kurdish militia
fighters in Syria have links with
the Kurdistan Workers' Party
(PKK), which is banned in Turkey
and fighting Turkish forces in the
south-east of the country.
In the latest incidents, at least
11 Turkish soldiers were killed in
two separate clashes with the PKK
Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at
the West Lake State Guest House in Hangzhou, China, yesterday.
A glass-bottomed bridge in
China that was heralded as a
record-breaker when it opened
just 13 days ago has closed.
Officials said the government
was planning urgent maintenance
work in the area and the bridge
closed Friday, with a re-opening
time to be announced.
But a spokesman said the
bridge, spanning a canyon, was
"overwhelmed by the volume of
He said there had been no
accidents and the bridge was not
cracked or broken.
The 430m-long bridge, which
cost $3.4m (£2.6m) to build,
connects two mountain cliffs in
Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.
It hangs 300m over a canyon
said to have inspired the
landscapes of the film Avatar.
Glass bridge closes
after two weeks
Turkey sends more
tanks into Syria
A municipal worker fumigates an area outside a train station to check
the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Mumbai, India, yesterday.
Scientists trying to predict the future path of Zika say that 2.6 billion
people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of infection,
based on a new analysis of travel, climate and mosquito patterns in
FIGHT ON ZIKA
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