Madagascar welcomes world leaders for Francophonie summit

In tonight's edition: Madagascar hosts the Francophonie summit, Jacob Zuma gets a grilling, and Ghana mourns its Ashanti queen.


Terrorism, climate change and the recent election of Donald Trump as US president are the issues set to top the agenda at the Francophonie summit in Madagascar. The two-day talks bring together leaders and diplomats from the world's French-speaking nations, but also other countries that don't have obvious ties to the French language, such as South Korea and Estonia.

Meanwhile, Jacob Zuma is in the hot seat. The South African leader is set to face a grilling by the ANC's integrity commission, amid a slew of corruption scandals and the party's poor showing at the polls during recent local elections. But the move could deepen divisions at the ANC, where several senior members have already called on Zuma to step down. Meanwhile, credit ratings agency Fitch has dropped its outlook for the struggling South African economy from "stable" to "negative". Growth has plunged to just half a percent, while unemployment has soared to a 13-year high.

And the Ashanti Kingdom of Ghana is mourning the death of the Queen mother, who passed away at the age of 111 last week. In accordance with Ashanti customs, a one-week last rites ceremony is being held to honour the late monarch, who spent nearly four decades on the throne.

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