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South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions about an assault allegation.

President Robert Mugabe and his wife arrived back in Harare early on Sunday.

Two protesters were killed and 13 others wounded in Togo on Saturday when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations against the ruling Gnassingbe family dynasty, the security ministry said.
 
President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power in the West African country since the death in 2005 of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years.

President Buhari, 74, walked unaided from the plane

International News

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.

The driver in Thursday's van attack that killed 13 people in a tourist area of Barcelona may still be alive and on the run, Spanish police say.

They are hunting for Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, now named by Spanish media as the suspected driver.

Steve Bannon

International News

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Friday was his last day.

His exit follows a review of his position by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

About 11 million people in India have been hit by flooding

International News

More than 16 million people have now been affected by seasonal flooding across a swathe of South Asia, say aid officials.

The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India are thought to have killed about 500 people and are expected to worsen.

The Nigerian army has failed to stop violence by militants in Maiduguri

Africa

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.

Zimbabwean president Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe

Africa

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has so far failed to appear in a South African court over an assault case despite officials saying she would do.

South African police said in the late afternoon they did not know where Mrs Mugabe was.

Mr Odinga said the results have come after a computer hack

Africa

Kenya's opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results.

He has rejected early results from Tuesday's vote, indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Late Chris Msandoa

Africa

Amnesty International thinks that the recent events in Kenya, including the murder of a top electoral commission official, are creating a cloud of fear that must be properly addressed ahead of next week’s election.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes: “This brutal murder has sent a chill down the spine of many Kenyans and raised the spectre of violence.”

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Africa

Angola says it will allow four experts from the European Union (EU) to monitor its election later this month, the AFP news agency reports.

"The EU will only send a small mission... We cannot really speak of observers, only experts. A real mission of observers is 200 people," a European diplomatic source told the AFP.

Al-Shabab commander 'killed in US airstrike' (Library photo)

Africa

Somalia officials say a key al-Shabab commander has been killed in an American airstrike.

A statement from the US Africa Command did not name the dead man, but said one fighter had been killed near Tortorow in southern Somalia.

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The president is due to visit the site where the tree fell later on Tuesday

Europe

A falling tree has killed at least 13 people and injured 49 at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

A video shows the tree crashing down on a crowded square in a suburb of the main town, Funchal, spreading panic among people enjoying the festivities.

Two children are reported to have been killed, and some of the injured are said to be foreign nationals.

Hassan Rouhani said that under Donald Trump the US was not a "reliable negotiator"

Middle East

Iran's president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions.

Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when Iran curbed its nuclear activities as part of a deal with world powers.

Iran says unilateral US sanctions targeting its ballistic missile programme breach the agreement.

US President Donald Trump's son has said he did not tell his father about a meeting with a Russian lawyer who said she could help his election campaign.

Donald Trump Jr told Fox News the meeting was "just a nothing" but he should have handled it differently.

He released emails showing he had welcomed an offer to meet the lawyer, who allegedly had Kremlin ties and material damaging to Hillary Clinton.

The campaign has attracted intense international criticism

Asia

Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country's war on drugs.

The raids took place over 24 hours on Tuesday in Bulacan province, north of the capital Manila.

Police said that those killed were suspected drug offenders who were armed and resisted officers.