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World in brief July 23 2018

UNITED STATES: Specially trained dogs were deployed to stop a joyrider in a low-octane police chase in Denver after the theft of a John Deere tractor on Saturday.

The police chase lasted around 30 minutes as the tractor veered onto the pavement and cruised slowly down a busy road before a police officer brought it to a halt by ramming the tractor with his car.

Police dogs and a stun gun were used to apprehend the suspect.


ETHIOPIA: A man has been arrested after his failed attempts to bring a dead man back to life enraged family members who attacked him.

Getayawkal Ayele claimed to be a prophet who could resurrect the dead. The body of Belay Biftu was exhumed and Mr Ayele lay on top of him shouting: “Belay, wake up.”

The family attacked him after his attempts failed and he was arrested by police for “abusing a dead body.”

AUSTRIA: Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their theory test in Turkish, the Transport Ministry said on Saturday.

Transport Minister Norbert Hofer said the move was to encourage people to learn German.

“Each additional language for training costs the state a five-figure sum that isn’t justifiable,” the far-right politician moaned.


ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for unity on Saturday as he appealed to Zimbabwe’s minority white voters to back him with the forthcoming election going close to the wire.

He told a rally in Harare: “If you were born here, you were born here, you are a citizen, you have the same documentation like everybody else.

“There is no distinction, if it is there, it is dead.”

Mr Mnangagwa is polling just 3 per cent of his challenger Nelson Chamisa ahead of the July 30 vote.


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