World Briefs: Clashes in Pretoria over ANC's mayoral candidate

Clashes in Pretoria over ANC's mayoral candidate

PRETORIA (South Africa) • Protesters burnt buses and set tyres on fire to barricade roads in South Africa's capital yesterday after the African National Congress (ANC) named a mayoral candidate not nominated by the ruling party's regional branches.

The violence spread overnight from the townships and started after a member of the ANC was shot dead on Sunday as factions clashed at a meeting in Pretoria to decide on the candidates for mayor of Tshwane municipality, where Pretoria is located.

REUTERS

Mum says killing her baby is like 'going shopping'

SAINT-OMER (France) • A French woman who left her baby to drown on a beach gave a chilling account of the murder yesterday, telling a court it was as perfunctory as "going shopping".

Fabienne Kabou, 39, who has blamed witchcraft for her act, detailed the final hours of her 15-month-old daughter's life on the second day of a trial for the 2013 murder which shocked France.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Former Congo V-P jailed 18 years for war crimes

THE HAGUE • Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday sentenced former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago.

He is the highest-level official to be sentenced by the ICC after being convicted in March of five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is only the third person to be sentenced at the ICC since it began work in 2002.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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