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2017-08-14 18:53
Hakainde Hichilema (File: AFP)

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Official: 200 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Freetown -Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones and a morgue overflowed with bodies on Monday after heavy rains and flooding early in the day killed at least 200 people in Sierra Leone's capital.

Bodies were spread out on the floor of a morgue, Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, told the national broadcaster.

"The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp.

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Foreign press barred from Zambia opposition court case

Lusaka - International media in Zambia were barred from a court Monday where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was due to appear on treason charges in a case that has fuelled political tensions.

The High Court in Lusaka issued press accreditation cards to foreign media outlets last week but later withdrew them.

"We initially withdrew the cards to activate the barcodes in good faith (but) unfortunately your applications have now been rejected," Neto Zulu, senior assistant registrar at the court, told AFP and other media outlets.

Hakainde Hichilema

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'Trump may have his faults' but he is 'a blessing in disguise to Zim', says Mugabe

Gwanda – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly described US President Donald Trump as a "better devil" that Hillary Clinton, saying although he may "have his faults, he was a blessing in disguise for Zimbabwe".

According to The Sunday Mail, Mugabe said this while addressing thousands of his Zanu-PF supporters in Gwanda on Saturday.

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Zimbabwe's 'poisoned' VP Mnangagwa airlifted to SA – report

Harare – Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly been airlifted to South Africa, following reports over the weekend that he was "poisoned" at a rally in Gwanda.

News Day report on Monday quoted a well-placed source as saying that Mnangagwa was taken out of the country in the company of his wife Auxillia.

"He is now out of the country to seek further medical attention following (the poisoning). I can’t tell you more," the source was quoted as saying.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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 Zim will stand by Zuma, no matter what South Africans say about him, says Mugabe

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabehas reportedly said that his country will stand by President Jacob Zuma "as his political opponents plot to oust him before his term expires".

According to the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, Mugabe said during a campaign rally in Gwanda over the weekend.

"…ANC and President Zuma; whatever the South Africans or some from Zimbabwe might say about him, we will just relate to him in a proper way as he is the current President of the ANC," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

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Burkina Faso restaurant attack: Turkish national among the dead

Ouagadougou - The Latest on the attack in Burkina Faso (all times local):

Turkey says a Turkish national was killed and another was wounded in the attack by suspected Islamic extremists at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry released a statement Monday condemning "in the strongest way" the attack on the upscale Aziz Istanbul restaurant which killed at least 18 people.

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