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Zimbabwean killed in Botswana prison fight

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A Zimbabwean prisoner was killed by his Motswana cellmate after a brawl ensued between the two in the dead of night on Sunday at a prison in Maun, Botswana.

The Zimbabwean has since been identified as Michael Phuti, 31, whose known address in Botswana is Magapatona Ward in Tutume Village, which is about 50km from the Zimbabwe border.

Botswana Prison Service (BPS) spokesperson Senior Superintendent Oagile Kojane said the two inmates fought at around 23:00 and Phuti was rushed to hospital where he succumbed due to his injuries.

“The incident resulted in one inmate being seriously injured and [he] was immediately rushed to the Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital, where he, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries,” he added.

The suspect has been identified as Osego Mosetlhane, 36, of Kgaphamadi Wadi in Gantsi.

Prison officials are yet to establish the circumstances that led to the incident.

The BPS called it an “unfortunate” incident and reassured the public it was in their interest to provide a safe environment for prisoners.

In other news – Chelsea sign Portugal forward Joao Felix on loan

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has joined Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

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The 23-year-old will bolster the attacking options for manager Graham Potter, whose squad is currently hard-hit by injuries and languishing in 10th spot in the table. Learn More

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“Record Mortgage Rates Decimate Buyer Demand, Hitting 28-Year Lows”

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Mortgage rates surged last week, reaching their highest level in 23 years, causing a significant drop in demand from homebuyers, which hit a 28-year low. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 4.2% decrease in total mortgage application volume compared to the previous week.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances (up to $726,200) rose to 7.31% from 7.16%, accompanied by an increase in points from 0.68 to 0.78 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment. In contrast, the rate was 5.65% during the same period last year.

Joel Kan, an economist at the MBA, attributed the spike in Treasury yields to concerns about lingering inflation and illiquidity in the markets. The resulting impact was a 5% decline in applications for mortgages to purchase homes, marking a 30% decrease compared to the corresponding week in the previous year. Buyer demand fell to its lowest level since December 1995. In addition to high interest rates, potential homebuyers are grappling with elevated prices and extremely limited housing supply, with the number of available homes on the market near a 25-year low, as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

The share of adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) applications increased to 7.6%, the highest level in five months. ARM applications saw a 4% weekly increase as some buyers sought to reduce their monthly payments by assuming interest rate risk after the initial fixed period.

Refinancing activity also experienced a decline, with a 3% drop in applications for home loan refinancing compared to the previous week, and a 35% decrease year over year. The refinance share of mortgage activity rose to 29.5% of total applications from 28.6% in the previous week. However, given that most homeowners already have rates below the 5% range, the number of homeowners who can benefit from refinancing is limited.

Mortgage rates continued their upward trajectory this week, hovering around 7.5%, according to Mortgage News Daily.

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Man who believes to be ‘The Real Son Of God’ warns Ruto to prepare for whats coming in the next 460 days

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Controversial¬†Eliud Wekesa, a citizen of Bungoma, has pleaded with the nation’s leader, His Excellency President William Samoei¬†Ruto, to be ready for what is expected to occur in the next 460 days. Eliud Wekesa’s picture, who says he is the son of “God,”

In a Tuko News article, Mr. Wekesa, who claims to be the true son of “God,” predicted that significant events will occur soon and questioned if President Ruto would be prepared for what “God” would do.

According to the source, he claimed that “God” had told him that, with all of its current resources, Kenya will soon rule the entire world.

Kenyans became worried as Eliud Wekesa left them asking many questions as he made this message to President William Ruto.

In other news – 95-year-old woman dies after being tasered by police in Australia

A 95-year-old woman who was tasered by police at an Australian care home, sparking a public outcry, has died.

Clare Nowland was critically injured after police responded to reports she was wandering around the home with a steak knife at about 04:00 last Wednesday.Learn More

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