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Sierra Leone Plea as Mudslide Toll Rises

Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the "devastation was overwhelming us".

Nearly 400 people have been killed and hundreds more are missing after muddy rubble swept through the Regent area near the capital, Freetown, on Monday.

A mass burial of victims is planned to free up space in mortuaries.

Dozens more bodies were discovered on Tuesday as rescue efforts to recover people from destroyed houses in the area continue.

Zambian Opposition Leader Goes on Trial for Treason

Hichilema, leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), has been in custody since April over an incident where he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade.

Lungu, who narrowly beat Hichilema in last year’s presidential election, has dismissed allegations of growing authoritarianism and has accused his rivals of trying to overturn the election result.

Kenya Moves Against NGOs

On Tuesday morning, the interior ministry's NGO Board asked police to shut down the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and arrest its members.

Already late on Monday, the NGO Board said it was withdrawing the registration of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) over alleged irregularities.

KHRC board member Maina Kiai said on Tuesday it was "no secret" they had been considering lodging a complaint at the Supreme Court over "inconsistencies" in the election process.

Kenyan Poll Officials Deny Hacking Claim

Chief electoral officer Ezra Chiloba told reporters the systems were not compromised at any point.

He spoke out after presidential candidate Raila Odinga rejected provisional results indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The opposition's claim led to sporadic outbreaks of violence.

To read the article titled, "Kenya election 2017: Commission denies system was hacked" click here.

Rwanda's Kagame Sweeps Presidential Polls to Win Third Term

Kagame has won international plaudits for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the Central African nation since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

But he has also faced mounting censure for what critics and rights groups say are widespread human rights abuses, a muzzling of independent media and suppression of political opposition.

Mass Protests Flare Up Across Gauteng

Bus services were disrupted by blockades‚ hours ahead of the crucial vote in parliament. 

According to reports‚ community-led protests were under way in Turffontein‚ Benoni‚ Protea Glen‚ Centurion‚ Dobsonville‚ GaRankuwa‚ Braamfontein‚ Zandspruit‚ Diepkloof‚ Rosettenville‚ Mamelodi‚ Atteridgeville and Soshanguve‚ among other places.

To read the article titled, "Mass protests flare up across Gauteng" click here.

14 Killed in DRC Clashes

The violence broke out early on Monday in the capital of Kinshasa, where gunfire could be heard in several neighborhoods.

Police blamed the fighting on the Bundu dia Mayala movement and police spokesperson Colonel Pierrot Mwanamputu said four of the sect members and eight others had been killed by stray bullets.

Two others were killed in related violence in southwestern DRC.

Mbeki, Mugabe Meet in Harare for 'Private Talks'

According to NewsDay, South Africa’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete, said Mbeki’s visit was at Mugabe’s invitation.  

"They were discussing experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as the issue of liberation movements, as indicated by President Mugabe last month," Mbete was quoted as saying.

To read the article titled, "Mbeki, Mugabe meet in Harare for 'private talks'" click here.

Kagame Set for Victory in Rwanda Election

The 59-year-old leader faces two little-known candidates who were given only three weeks to campaign against the incumbent, who has kept a tight hold on power since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide.

Observers say Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party — the only permitted critical opposition party — and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana face an unwinnable battle.  Even Kagame has said the result is a foregone conclusion.

Google.org Commits $20 Million to Improve Lives in Africa

Announced at a company conference last week in Lagos, Nigeria, initial grants totaling $2.5 million were awarded to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula, which will use the funds to provide free access to digital learning for four hundred thousand low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. In 2018, Google.org will launch a Google.org Impact Challenge with the aim of awarding $5 million in grants to African nonprofits.

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