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Jordanian double-execution, Malamulele violence condemned, Mugabe and the EU

Jordanian double-execution in response to pilot death

Pic: King Abdullah II of Jordan

EWN via Reuters on this story: Jordan has executed by hanging a jailed Iraqi woman militant whose release had been demanded by the Islamic State group that burnt a captured Jordanian pilot to death, a security source said on Wednesday. Responding to the killing of the pilot, whose death was announced on Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities also executed another senior al Qaeda prisoner sentenced to death for plots to wage attacks against the pro-Western kingdom in the last decade. Jordan's King Abdullah said on Thursday the killing of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh by Islamic State militants was an act of cowardly terror by a group that had nothing to do with Islam. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will meet with Abdullah at the White House today.

For details on the pilot's death, go here.

Nhleko condemns violence in Malamulele

EWN's Emily Corke and Thando Kubheka on this story: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has condemned the violent protests in Malamulele in Limpopo and says an abnormal situation should not become normal. Nhleko set up a joint operations centre in the area and will be stationed in Malamulele to monitor violent protests that have kept the area on lockdown for weeks. On Friday, the Municipal Demarcation Board announced the small Limpopo town did not qualify for its own municipality, re-igniting tensions.

Mugabe set for EU?

EWN via Reuters on this story: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may be allowed in to the European Union (EU) to attend high-level meetings in his new role as chairman of the African Union (AU), despite a long-standing travel ban, the EU said on Tuesday. 90-year-old Mugabe, one of Africa's most divisive figures, ascended to the rotating chairmanship of the AU last Friday, casting a shadow over the continental body's relations with the West. The 28-nation EU, which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 to protest reported human rights abuses and violations of democracy under Mugabe, has gradually scaled back sanctions over the last few years to encourage political reform. But it has kept Mugabe and his wife, Grace, under an asset freeze and a ban on travelling to the EU.

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