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Wednesday's voting was peaceful across the southern African nation, but the conflicting claims heralded an acrimonious dispute over the outcome that increases the chances of a repeat of the violence that followed a contested vote in 2008. Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police have said they will arrest anybody who makes premature claims. Election authorities are due to announce the official outcome by Aug. 5. But a senior source in 89-year-old Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, who asked not to be named, said the result was already clear. "We've taken this election. We've buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win," the source told Reuters by phone.
A group supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy have called for a million-man march from 33 different mosques Friday following noon prayers under the banner of "Egypt against the coup," according to a statement released Thursday by the Anti-Coup Prodemocracy Alliance. They also called on "all free people in all countries of the world to demonstrate peacefully" in support of their marches, according to the statement.
A deadline set by UN peacekeepers for rebels in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to lay down their weapons passed on Thursday, with the fighters facing force if they fail to disarm. The M23 rebel group, which launched a fresh offensive against the Congolese army outside the flashpoint city of Goma on 14 July, on Wednesday dismissed the ultimatum as irrelevant.