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Top news items in major S. African news outlets

The following are news items in South Africa's major news outlets on Friday:
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/18 16:32:14

Death toll in Sierra Leone mudslide rises to 331

Altogether 331 bodies have been taken to the morgue by the rescue team following the devastating mudslide, according to Sinneh Kamara, head of the Connaught Mortuary in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/18 9:17:45

Kenyans' optimism rises after election of new leaders

Optimism among Kenyans has risen following the successful conclusion of the Aug. 8 general election, with many citizens expecting the new leaders to help improve lives.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/18 7:24:49

US airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia: Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Thursday that seven militants of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group in Somalia, were killed in US airstrikes this week.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/18 7:19:40

SADC pledges assistance to mudslide victims in Sierra Leone

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) said on Thursday it stands ready to "assist in every way possible way" following the devastating mudslide that has killed more than 400 people in Sierra Leon.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/18 1:58:00

Looking to help

A medical team from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army speaks and meets with local Sierra Leoneans as they arrive close to the site of a huge mudslide in Sugar Loaf mountain, which partially collapsed, in Freetown on Thursday. Mass burials were held Thursday on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in the mudslide and flooding. The search continues for an estimated 600 people still missing since Monday, the BBC reported. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:23:39

First mass burials for Sierra Leone flood victims

The first mass burials of victims of Sierra Leone's devastating floods and mudslides take place on Thursday, as blame grows over government "inaction" over deforestation and poor urban planning.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:17:14

New Development Bank launches Africa regional center in Johannesburg

The New Development Bank (NDB) on Thursday launched its Africa Regional Center in Johannesburg, with South African President Jacob Zuma presiding over the proceedings.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 23:40:40

ICRC decries high number of hungry, displaced South Sudanese

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that the number of hungry and displaced people in South Sudan is overwhelming as extreme hunger and medical needs continue to rise owing to increased fighting.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 21:19:55

Algeria's president conducts partial cabinet reshuffle

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday has conducted a partial cabinet reshuffle, led by the newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 21:09:03

S. Africa's tourism projected to grow: report

Tourism in South Africa is set to profit from an influx of foreign travelers and foreign investment, a report forecast Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 19:05:39

S. African Communist Party reiterates calls for President Zuma to resign

The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Wednesday urged President Jacob Zuma to resign for his poor leadership.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 17:51:09

400 dead, 600 missing in Sierra Leone mudslide

Relatives of victims of floods gather outside a morgue in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Aug. 16, 2017. Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead and at least 600 missing following a devastating mudslide and floods in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 11:40:37

Kenyan opposition leader to challenge elections results in court

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday said he will proceed to the Supreme Court to seek a legal redress on disputed election results that put him behind the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 8:12:33

Kenya suspends crackdown on civil society amid uproar

The Kenyan government on Wednesday ordered three-month suspension on the crackdown against two civil society organizations amid uproar from Kenyans and the international community.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 1:27:10

UNICEF reaffirms support for Zambian children

The United Nations children's agency UNICEF on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment towards addressing issues affecting children in Zambia.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 1:23:35

Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/16 23:08:39

Police confirm 19 killed, 82 injured in suicide attacks in NE Nigeria

Local police in Nigeria on Wednesday confirmed 19 people were killed, including three suicide bombers, in two separate attacks in the country's northeast region.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 19:26:27