Jury selection begins in R. Kelly sex abuse trial

R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B superstar who faces a battery of sex abuse charges in several US states, appeared in court Monday as jury selection began in his federal New York trial. Dressed in a navy blue suit, the 54-year-old appeared stoic as the questioning of jurors began in the Brooklyn court, where he faces charges of racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and forced labour, spanning from 1994 to 2018. Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick was reticent when asked by AFP how he was feeling, smiling and saying:…

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Mnangagwa Extends Tight COVID-19 Lockdown By Another Two Weeks

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown by a further two weeks. In an address to the nation this Monday evening, the President said although coronavirus infections had gone down in the past two weeks, the number of deaths remained “worrisome”, hence the need to keep the measures in place. He said: Since then the nation has made good progress in containing the third wave. The increase in new cases per day has gone down considerably in the past two weeks. This is a clear indication that…

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COVID-19 Fourth Wave Imminent – Marisa

A public health expert has warned that Zimbabwe faces a fourth wave of the deadly coronavirus around October to December if the country fails to get more people vaccinated. Medical and Dental Private Practitioners Association of Zimbabwe (MDPPAZ) president Johannes Marisa on Sunday said a fourth wave will be “more serious”, and a third jab might be needed to help fight off emerging variants. Said Marisa We are likely to face the fourth wave of COVID-19 around October to December. Look at what is happening throughout the world. The United…

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Zimbabwe Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update: 08 August 2021

Here is the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Situation Report or Update for Zimbabwe by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) on 08 August 2021: New cases:  437 Local Cases: 437 Returnees: 0 Deaths: 74 Hotspots: Hurungwe (9), Kariba (1), Makonde (4) {MashWest}, Centenary (2), Mazowe (5) {MashCent} Marondera (8) Mutoko (8) {MashEast}, Chiredzi (4), Masvingo (20) {MasvingoProv} Kwekwe (4) {Midlands}. Vaccinations: 12 797 (first dose); 20 357 (second dose) Total Cumulative Vaccinations: 1 864 204  (first dose); 1 002 618 (second dose) Tests: 5 215 (Positivity today was 8.4%) Recoveries: 1 413; National Recovery Rate: 76% Active Cases: 23 598 Total Cumulative Cases: 116 327…

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United States: Zimbabwe In Worse Shape Now Than During The 1990s

The United States of America says Zimbabwe is moving backwards and is in worse shape now compared to its heyday in the 1990s, amid concerns of an economic crisis and human rights violations. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told a virtual news conference on Friday following her visit to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Niger that Zimbabwe in the 1990s was “beautiful” but now was falling back. She said: As you said, there are democracy challenges all over Africa. There is backsliding. Some — I remember being…

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