South Sudan

Abducted children recovered

Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia. Ogato Chan, acting governor of South Sudan’s Boma state which borders Gambela, told Associated Press that local chiefs collected the children from three villages in Likuangole County where the raiders had dropped them off. Chan said the recovered children will be brought to state capital Pibor then sent to Juba to be repatriated to Ethiopia. “The chiefs are looking for the rest of the children,” he said.

Sudan

Military plane crashes

Sudan’s army says a military transport plane has crashed due to a technical failure while landing in the country’s south, killing all five crew members. Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Khalifa Ahmed al-Shami says the Saturday crash in the city of el-Obeid killed three officers and two non-commissioned officers. The city is some 385 miles southwest of the capital, Khartoum. Al-Shami, who was quoted by Sudan’s official news agency, gave no further details about the plane’s flight plan, or whether the technical fault had forced the plane to make an emergency landing.

South africa

President urged to resign

South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him. “I am whispering to you, Zuma, wherever you are, those soldiers are going to turn their guns against you,” said Malema to roars from the crowd. “Be warned, leave office before the soldiers turn their guns on you.” Malema spoke on Saturday to supporters of his Economic Freedom Fighters party who filled the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Local government elections will take place in August.

Compiled from wire reports