LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian police on Tuesday briefly detained two journalists over a story quoting an opposition leader saying President Edgar Lungu used public funds to pay for a holiday, in a further sign of rising political tension ahead of August elections. The two journalists from a privately-owned newspaper were released after paying a bond, police spokeswoman Charity Munganga-Chanda said. On March 21, Erick Chanda, leader of the Fourth Revolution Party, was charged with defamation of the president following a May 9, 2015 newspaper report in which he accused Lungu of having spent taxpayers' money at a holiday resort last year. "The two have been jointly charged with Erick Chanda. They will appear in court on 18th April," Munganga-Chanda said. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. Critics say that with the series of arrests, Lungu is trying to intimidate opponents ahead of the elections. Lungu, who is standing for re-election, has been in power for just over year after winning a closely-fought presidential race triggered by the death of predecessor Michael Sata in October 2014. He and United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema are seen as front runners in the vote for president on August 11 when parliamentary and local government elections will also be held. Several opposition figures were arrested in March on charges of training a militia to commit disruptive violence during the coming elections, charges which they denied. Also under arrest is Geoffrey Mwamba, vice president of the main opposition United Party of National Development, who has been charged with inciting violence against Lungu. Mwamba has denied any wrongdoing. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by James Macharia and Richard Balmforth)
- Associated Press
Actor Annie Wersching, best known for playing FBI agent Renee Walker in the series “24" and providing the voice for Tess in the video game “The Last of Us,” has died. Wersching passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer, her publicist told The Associated Press. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Wersching appeared on dozens of television shows over the course of her two-decade career.
After Suffering Second Vehicular Accident In Months, It Looks Like There's Even More Bad News For Jay Leno
After having experienced two serious accidents in the past few months, Jay Leno got some more bad news.
- The New Voice of Ukraine
300 wounded Wagner mercenaries brought to hospital in Luhansk Oblast, but ‘doctors refuse to treat them’
Up to 300 mercenaries from the Russian mercenary company Wagner Group were brought to the 15th city multidisciplinary hospital in Yuvileine, Luhansk Oblast, but doctors there have refused to treat them, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff reported on Facebook on Jan. 29.
- Patriot Ledger
The 8-month-old boy who was seriously injured inside his Duxbury home Tuesday night has died of his injuries at a Boston hospital.
- NBC News
An infant who was recently returned to his mother from an alleged kidnapping died Saturday after being rushed to the hospital.
- The Daily Beast
Mark Richards - WPA Pool / Getty ImagesGhislaine Maxwell’s family have released a bizarre photograph of two people in a bath at her former London home with photographs of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre stuck to their heads in an extraordinary attempt to discredit Giuffre.Giuffre claims that she and Prince Andrew engaged in sexual activity in the bath. Maxwell’s side says the photos show this is impossible.In fact, the somewhat insane photograph will do little to discredit Giuffre, not least
- WLS – Chicago
The Illinois attorney general and Cook County state's attorney are looking into a suburban window company that is accused of ripping off its customers.
Trump’s sustained truth-stretched swing is hardly a surprise
Sarah Michelle Gellar said her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. wouldn't watch movies with her for 15 years after she spoiled 'The Sixth Sense' for him
The actress revealed on "The Graham Norton Show" Friday that she spoiled the movie's twist for her husband 20 minutes in.
- Commanders Wire
Which teams are heading to Super Bowl LVII? We make our picks.
- The Telegraph
Patrick Reed is involved in yet another rules controversy after the American declared that, despite TV suggesting otherwise, he was “100 percent certain" that it was his ball lodged up a tree in Dubai. His insistence permitted him a favourable drop and spared him a walk back to the tee.
- Eagles Wire
Eagles All-Pro quarterback Jalen Hurts arrived at the NFC Championship in an outfit inspired by PRINCE and social media reacted
Megan Fox posted a series of shots on her Instagram Story Friday, showing off a new blonde bob and her toned figure in a tiny orange bikini
A tweet from the Ohio Republican received a number of scathing responses online, with another critic simply writing, "oh shut up."
- Touchdown Wire
The 49ers lost the football via fumble and Brock Purdy to injury
- Packers Wire
The Packers could trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason and the team prefers to move on from him, according to Adam Schefter
- Sacramento Bee
The 34-year-old was driving a rental car and looking for parking, police said.
Matthew Perry Has Been Honest About Drug Struggles While Filming Friends, But ‘Janice’ Actress Shares What Working With Him Was Actually Like
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice on Friends, opens up about what it was like working with Matthew Perry amidst his struggles with addiction.
Billionaire entrepreneur promoted fake news and conspiracy theory linked to violent attack on Paul Pelosi.
- Wrestle Zone
The Bloodline has officially fractured. Following his WWE Championship and […]