China, US at odds over disputed waters

During Kerry’s visit to Beijing, FM Wang stressed the determination of China to safeguard its sovereignty — Reuters China’s foreign minister has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Beijing is “unshakable” in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the two nations mount over disputed waters in the South China Sea. The US is weighing sending warships and surveillance aircraft within 12 nautical miles — the normal territorial zone around natural land — of artificial islands that Beijing is building waters in question

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CUTHBERT DUBE IS BACK

ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube will remain in office at least until June 16 after world football governing body Fifa yesterday directed the national association to hold an extraordinary congress by that date following his “dismissal” by a group of councillors last Saturday. Dube was shown the door alongside Tawengwa Hara and Fungai Chihuri, but Fifa has declared the outcome of the Saturday meeting “null and void” as provisions of the Zifa constitution were not followed. John Phiri and Bernard Gwarada had survived the axe.Fifa’s communication yesterday effectively stopped a planned board meeting which was to be chaired by Omega Sibanda, who had been appointed as acting president by the councillors.

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Focus on Teachers: Christopher Bronke shares lessons on teacher leadership

When Christopher Bronke became the English department chair at North High School (Downers Grove, IL) in 2012, he immediately faced three challenges:  He was stepping into a position held for 25 years by his predecessor; he had little background in technology; and the Common Core standards were just being introduced to his district.

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Burundi police fire tear gas at protesters

Burundi has been plunged into crisis after President Pierre Nkurunziza pushed for a third term in office. — Al Jazeera Bujumbura — Police in Burundi have beaten and tear-gassed protesters in the capital who were demanding President Pierre Nkurunziza reverse a decision to run for a third term in office, Reuters has reported. At least eight people were arrested as the police tried to disperse the demonstration in Bujumbura yesterday, according to Reuters.

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TOP CIO WINS MUDZI

A TOP Central Intelligence Organisation officer, Magna Mudyiwa, on Monday emerged the winner of the Zanu PF primary elections held to find a ruling party candidate for the July 24 Mudzi West by-election. The seat fell vacant following the death of party stalwart Aquillina Katsande who passed away in March after a long illness. Mudyiwa, who in 2013 lost to Katsande in the party primaries ahead of the July 31 elections, won resoundingly after polling 7 564 votes, while Kumbirai Maguze garnered 906 votes.

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VP Mnangagwa and Mphoko in bitter WAR over power

Amid Zanu PF’s seemingly intractable factional and succession wars, President Robert Mugabe now has to contend with another mindless battle that is brewing between his deputies, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa. At the heart of the new ruckus is a deadly fight over who is senior and more powerful between the two men who were appointed to their positions by Mugabe in December last year, following the brutal ouster from power of former Vice resident Joice Mujuru and her allies over murky allegations of plotting to depose and kill the embattled nonagenarian. Zanu PF and government sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the new war avenue “manifested the ruling party’s undecided succession issue”, adding that it was so deep-rooted and apparent to the extent that it was becoming “an embarrassing problem” at both party and State level.

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