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Vice President’s Wife Arrested

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Reports from Zimbabwe said the estranged wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC).

Mary Chiwenga, a former beauty queen and model was arrested on Saturday for alleged fraud, misrepresentation and money laundering.

She was detained overnight at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare.

Mary Chiwenga, left and VP Chiwenga

Her arrest was first reported by journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who said the woman was being held for charges relating to the buying of a house in South Africa.

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John Makamure, the ZACC spokesperson confirmed the arrest, the Zimbabwe Standard newspaper reported.

“It’s true that Mary Chiwenga has been picked by Zacc and is assisting with investigations into allegations of money laundering and externalisation levelled against her,” he said.

“That is only what I can tell you.”

Zacc chairperson Loice Matanda Moyo and other Zacc commissioners were not reachable by the newspaper.

Mary’s arrest was the ex-model’s lowest point since her VP Chiwenga returned from medical treatment in China after a mysterious illness that was believed to be poisoning.

Chiwenga had since sued for divorce, on suspicion that Mary could have poisoned him. He had also ejected her from his house.

Mary’s former husband, the football star, Shingi Kawondera, has also sued her for $700 000 over their divorce.

Kawondera claims that the VP’s wife forged his signature on the divorce consent papers and the alleged fraud cost him a business that they were jointly running.

Mary has indicated that she will defend the lawsuit, the Standard reported.

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Trump Impeachment Trial: Why Trump Must Be Cleared Of All Charges — Defense Team

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Donald Trump’s defense team on Monday night argued that charges leveled upon the president by the House of Representatives – Abuse of power, and Obstruction of congress- were not impeachable offenses and the US president should be cleared of all charges immediately.

Trump is being tried in the senate over allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of congress after he allegedly withdrew military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political rival – Joe Biden in a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president Zelensky.

Trump has denied being involved in a quid pro quo and said the attempts to impeach him by Democrats started immediately he became president, first with the Russia collusion reports and now with Ukraine .

Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and former O.J. Simpson attorney, one of Trump’s star lawyers, made the well crafted plea at Trump’s impeachment trial on Monday night, appearing after other defense lawyers at the second-day of Trump’s defense.

Dershowitz had to make the controversial argument that ‘Abuse of Power’ does not constitute an impeachable offense, telling senators that the Founders of the constitution specifically rejected such vague terms when creating the Constitution in Philadelphia.

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He said though he voted for Clinton, and he is not a fan of some of the president’s policies and actions, however from a legal standpoint, impeachment is only meant for presidents who commit high crimes and misdemeanors not obstruction of congress and abuse of power.

“Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense,’ said Dershowitz.’If a president, any president, were to have done what the [New York] Times reported about the contact of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute and impeachable offense,’ Dershowitz continued.

‘It is inconceivable that the framers would have intended so politically loaded and promiscuously deployed a term as abuse of power to be weaponized as a tool of impeachment,’ he said.

At one point he turned to opposing Democratic lawyers, and said: ‘I’m sorry, house managers, you just picked the wrong criteria. You picked the most dangerous possible criteria to serve as a precedent for with you we supervise future presidents,’

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Coronavirus: China Building 1,000-Bed Hospital In 10 Days To Treat Deadly Virus

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The government of China is rapidly building a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan as part of its efforts to contain and treat patients suspected of contracting coronavirus.

Named Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital, the 25,000-square-metre facility is being built in the Caidian District in the west of the city of Wuhan to treat coronavirus patients.

At the time of writing the virus had infected almost 3,000 people in China and killed 81 people. The virus has spread across the region, with cases reported in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Cases have also been reported in the United States and France. At present there have been no deaths outside China.

Aerial photography taken at the end of last week showed around 60 diggers clearing the site, while state-owned broadcaster CGTN is showing live footage of the work progressing day and night to build the hospital.

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The quarantine hospital is being built using prefabricated elements and is expected to open on 3 February, ten days after construction began.

“China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects like this,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.

Huang further added: “This authoritarian country relies on this top down mobilisation approach. They can overcome bureaucratic nature and financial constraints and are able to mobilise all of the resources.”

The local government is also building a second larger facility in Wuhan, which will be called the Leishenshan Hospital, reported China Daily. This hospital is expected to open in 15 days.

The city of Wuhan, which is in the central province of Hubei, is at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak. To restrict the spread of the virus the Chinese government has locked down Hubei’s population of 60 million – enacting full or partial travel restrictions across the province.

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Passenger Plane Crashes In Afghanistan, Kills Everyone On Board

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A passenger plane has crashed in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, killing everyone on board, according to senior Afghan officials.

Arif Noori, a spokesperson for the province’s governor, said damage was so extensive it was difficult to identify bodies in the wreckage

The aircraft came down in the Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, to the south-west of Kabul, a provincial spokesman told local media. The plane crashed and caught fire due to technical reasons, the spokesman said.

The plane was initially reported to have belonged to Ariana Airlines but the company has now denied this.

“There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi are safe,” the airline’s acting CEO Mirwais Mirzakwal Mirzakwal told Reuters news agency.

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Earlier, three senior Afghan government officials said one of the state-owned airline’s planes had crashed in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province around 1:10 pm (08.40 GMT) local time on Monday.

Official sources in the province said the plane was en route to Ghazni from Herat when it crashed.

The plane crashed in a territory under Taliban control, Tolo news reported, adding that Afghan special forces will be sent to the crash site.

However, Ariana Airlines released a statement on its website saying all its aircraft were operational and safe.

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