Mugabe’s body flown to Zimbabwe, burial place undecided

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe died on Sept. 6 at a hospital in Singapore. (File/AP)
Updated 11 September 2019
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Mugabe’s body flown to Zimbabwe, burial place undecided

  • He was a guerrilla leader who ended white-minority rule and ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he was deposed in 2017
  • The body will be viewed at several locations but the final burial place has not been announced

HARARE, Zimbabwe: The body of Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler Robert Mugabe is being flown to the capital, Harare, where it will be displayed at historic locations before burial at a location still undecided because of friction between the ex-leader’s family and the government.
Mugabe, who died at 95 in a Singapore hospital on Friday, was a guerrilla leader who ended white-minority rule and ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he was deposed in 2017.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was Mugabe’s closest ally and vice president before ousting him with the military, is to meet the plane carrying Mugabe’s body and his widow, Grace.
The body will be viewed at several locations but the final burial place has not been announced, amid a disagreement between the government and the Mugabe family.


Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

Updated 17 September 2019
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Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

  • Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body
  • A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years

BANGKOK: Zoo staff in northern Thailand have donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, who was on a long-term loan from China.

Officials said Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure at the Chiang Mai Zoo shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves.

Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body, and that he had recently passed a health checkup.

A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years. Chuang Chuang and his female mate arrived in Chiang Mai in 2003 on a 10-year loan that was later extended for another 10 years.