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US warns Zimbabwe over election after 2-year-old killed

The United States on Thursday condemned the killing of a 2-year-old boy in Zimbabwe as a "senseless and horrific act" and warned that if the murder was politically motivated it would call into question the country's commitment to a free and fair election next month.

The U.S. Embassy statement came as Zimbabwe's military-backed president and a youthful opposition leader registered for the July 30 elections, the first without former leader Robert Mugabe's participation.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old former Mugabe ally who took power with the military's help in November, faces a strong challenge from Nelson Chamisa, a 40-year-old who has energized the...

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