Sierra Leone Mudslides

More than 400 killed in Sierra Leone mudslides and flooding

In Sierra Leone, the death toll has crossed over 400 in the mudslides caused by heavy rain on Monday. President Ernest Bai Koroma said that his country needs "urgent support now" for thousands of people affected by flash flooding and mudslides in and around the capital Freetown.

Talking to news persons yesterday, he said the disaster "was overwhelming". The Red Cross estimates that more than 600 people are still missing.

Syria Suicide Blast

Syria suicide blast kills 23 near Jordan border

At least 23 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomber detonated an explosive belt yesterday at a base used by Jaish al-Islam near the Nasib border crossing. It said, most of the killed were from Jaish al-Islam.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said, dozens were wounded in the blast, including 20 in critical condition. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but media reports suggests that jihadists linked to the Islamic State group have attacked rebels in southern part of the country.

Paul Kagame

Rwanda election: President Paul Kagame wins by landslide

The Electoral Commission in Rwanda has announced that President Paul Kagame has won a third term in office with a landslide. The Commission said partial results of yesterday's election had given him 98 per cent of the votes. Kagame's supporters began celebrating before the announcement. 

They say that he has brought stability and economic development after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. But his critics - most of whom are outside the country say he has ruled through fear. Kagame, who has been in power for 17 years, was challenged by Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana. He came to power in 1994, when his rebel group took control of the capital, Kigali, ending the genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered.

Afghanistan Bomb Blast

Afghanistan: 29 people killed in Herat mosque attack

In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber and a gunman killed around 29 people and wounded 63 at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat last night. The assault on the Jawadya mosque in Herat, which is close to Afghanistan's border with Iran, came a day after the Islamic State group claimed a deadly attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul. Rafeeq Shirzai, a hospital spokesman said, some wounded are in a critical condition so the toll may go up. 

Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said, based on initial information two terrorists were involved one of them wearing a suicide vest, who detonated himself while the second one was armed with a rifle. The spokesman said, both were died.