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Grace Mugabe's immunity: SA opposition calls for inquiry

Grace Mugabe's immunity: SA opposition calls for inquiry

South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the government's decision to give diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe.

In a statement, the party said it was "simply inexplicable" how Mrs Mugabe, 52, was allowed to flee the country in the dead of night to avoid criminal prosecution" in the assault case against her.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after three months of medical leave in the UK.

Officials refused to disclose what he was being treated for.

It was the president's second spell of medical leave this year - leading many Nigerians to question whether he was well enough to run the country.

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema released

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema released

Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been held in prison since April on treason charges, has been released.

Mr Hichilema was due to stand trial, but instead walked free from Lusaska's high court after 100 days in custody.

Sources say the charges against Mr Hichilema and five aides were dropped after a deal was negotiated by the Commonwealth.

UN turns down Nasa's plea to audit poll results

UN turns down Nasa's plea to audit poll results

The United Nations will not audit Kenya’s just-concluded election, the organisation has said in New York.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the organisation had declined a request by Nasa leader Raila Odinga for the organisation’s review of the August 8 election results.

Nigeria violence: Female suicide bombers kill 27

Nigeria violence: Female suicide bombers kill 27

Three female suicide bombers have carried out an attack that has killed at least 27 people in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.

Dozens were injured when the women blew themselves up outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state - a stronghold of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

There has been an upsurge in violence in the city in recent months.

Sierra Leone mudslides: Desperate dig for Freetown survivors

Sierra Leone mudslides: Desperate dig for Freetown survivors

The desperate dig for survivors is resuming in Sierra Leone's capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people.

Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday morning.

Many of the victims were still asleep in their beds when disaster struck.

Sierra Leone mudslide kills hundreds as houses are buried

Sierra Leone mudslide kills hundreds as houses are buried

At least 179 people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, the Red Cross says.

A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud.

Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was "likely that hundreds are lying dead". The total number of casualties is likely to rise.

Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya's opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result.

Raila Odinga said it would be a "day of mourning for the fallen patriots" after a rally in Kibera, the largest slum in the capital Nairobi.

The international community has urged calm following the election, which Mr Odinga alleges was fixed.

23-year-old student wins MP seat in Kenya

23-year-old student wins MP seat

A 23-year-old independent candidate is the next Igembe South MP after he was declared winner Thursday morning.

Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18, 867 against Jubilee’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes.

IEBC cancels results in Kilgoris

IEBC cancels results in Kilgoris

Kilgoris constituency returning officer Elijah Ombogo cancelled the results for Enenkeshui polling centre after tallied votes outnumbered registered voters.

The total number of registered voters is 285 while the total number of votes cast on Tuesday is 325," said Ombogo.

Ombogo called on officials to probe the discrepancy.

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