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September 1 2014

From Zambian Economist Mon Sep 1 2014, 04:24:00

By Bruce Choma 

The victory recorded by the Patriotic Front in the recently held by-election in Mangango is no mean achievement for them as a party seeking to establish national character.

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August 31 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 13:19:46

Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 12:48:25

Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 10:54:54

French police stopped a 16-year-old girl from boarding a flight to Turkey at Nice airport on Saturday on suspicion that she was on her way to join an Islamist militia in Syria, the Interior ministry said.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 10:30:12

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday sharply raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 10:09:18

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged on Sunday that he would not dismantle the 35-hour working week in a bid to reassure the party's core voters, amid concerns about the government's direction and open party infighting.

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From Zambian Economist Sun Aug 31 2014, 05:40:00

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Michael Chishala, a Zambian writer and regular contributor to the discussions on the ZE Facebook page. Follow him on Facebook.

On 20 August 2014 (the day after the Mangango by-election), an article was published on Zambian Economist (ZE) Facebook page claiming that "...if elections were held today across the country, PF would win it comfortably because they continue to consolidate the rural vote, capitalising on their better organisation and financial resources." Furthermore, "It also means that any broadly reasonable candidate for PF in 2016 should secure re-election, provided PF do not do anything stupid between now and then." I wish to respectfully disagree with both the conclusions and reasoning in the article as follows:

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 03:29:11

Two Algerian diplomats who were kidnapped in Mali in April 2012 by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) were freed on Saturday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 02:32:05

All the Filipino UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants in the Golan Heights are now safe after they slipped away under cover of darkness and made it to a nearby UN encampment, military sources in the Philippines said Sunday.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Aug 31 2014, 01:40:40

The US military on Saturday began air dropping humanitarian aid at Baghdad's request to the Iraqi town of Amerli, where thousands of ethnic Turkmen Shiites have been cut off from food, water and medical supplies by Islamist fighters.

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