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Talks on Zimbabwe Power-Sharing At An Impasse

Discussions on the composition of a unity government for Zimbabwe are in the hands of mediators, after political leaders failed to reach agreement during initial talks. The power-sharing deal calls for long-time President Robert Mugabe to share power with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai. VOA's Chris Simkins looks at the challenges in forming a new government and efforts to get international aid to people who are starving.

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The Namibian Newspaper : "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October. In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention. Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person. The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."