FATAL BLAST: An explosion killed at least four people in Somalia yesterday and wounded 24 others, including senior military officers, at the port city of Kisamayu, where thousands of residents had gathered at a rally in support of a proposed African peacekeeping mission. - Reuters
IRAN VOW: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed yesterday that Iran would never surrender to Western demands to suspend its nuclear drive.
Speaking in Tehran at a rally to mark the 28th anniversary of Iran's revolution, Ahmadinejad ruled out a UN demand to suspend uranium enrichment. - Sapa-AFP
FLOOD THREAT: More than 20000 people have been evacuated from their homes in flood areas along the Zambezi River in Mozambique, relief agency INGC said yesterday.
About 500000 people, mainly in the provinces of Zambezia and Sofala, are at risk from flooding that has killed 29 people and damaged thousands of homes and schools. - Reuters
PAY DEMANDS: Zimbabwe's 180000 civil servants want the government to award them a 400 percent pay increase to cushion them from a worsening economic crisis.
The civil servants said at the weekend that if there was no agreement at wage talks with the authorities on Friday, they would decide on what action to take. - Sapa-DPA