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Libya, Philippines, Zimbabwe.
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At least 10,000 people are missing and more than 2,000 dead after flooding caused two dams to burst in Libya, according to officials. About a quarter of the eastern coastal city of Derna has been described as “wiped out” with authorities saying that people were swept into the sea. The country is facing a "large-scale devastating disaster," the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said, adding that international support would be vital for Libya to effectively respond to the situation.
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Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, a widely acclaimed journalist in the Philippines, has been acquitted on tax evasion charges that rights groups said were an attempt to silence her. Ressa, founder of the popular news site Rappler, was charged with multiple offences during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, who she was a fierce critic of. The 59-year-old is currently out on bail after a conviction for cyber-libel, which she is appealing. “You gotta have faith,” she told reporters outside the court.
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Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa is facing accusations of nepotism after naming his son deputy finance minister. Mnangagwa son’s, David Kudakwashe, was appointed as part of the parliament's youth quota. According to local reports, the president also named his nephew deputy tourism minister. Opposition figure Fadzayi Mahere called Mnangagwa’s new cabinet “indefensible.” The 80-year-old was re-elected last month in a vote some observers said failed to meet international standards.
More from BBC here.