Zambian opposition leader pleads not guilty at the start of his treason trial

Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainda Hichelema’s treason trial starts in Lusaka tomorrow – four months after being jailed for failing to  make way for President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Foreign journalists were barred when Hichilema and five others appeared in court yesterday to plead not guilty. Amnesty International says treason charges against Hakainda Hichilema for allegedly putting […]

Sierra Leone mudslide death toll tops 300

Rescue workers are desperately trying to get to people buried by a mudslide that killed hundreds outside Freetown in Sierra Leone. More than 300 bodies have been recovered and Vice President Victor For says many hundreds might still lie under the mud. The Red Cross says at least 3 000 have been left homeless by […]

Sierra Leone appeals for international help after mudslide kills scores

Sierra Leone’s appealing for urgent international help after a mudslide outside the capital killed scores of people and left thousands homeless. The disaster that killed more than 300, with the toll certain to increase, eclipses even the ebola outbreak of three years ago. Rescue operations after heavy rains caused sugarloaf hill to collapse on a […]

Burkinabe and French presidents in talks over Ouagadougou terror attack

No organisation’s claimed responsibility for the attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso that left 20 people dead. The toll includes two jihadis killed by security authorities. The attack was carried out by two men on a motorbike. They fired into the restaurant and then entered and took hostages. They engaged in a gunfight with […]