Zambia legalizes the production and export of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes, but recreational use of the drug remains illegal.
Two people are burned alive amid xenophobic riots in Lusaka, Zambia. The riots started after rumours spread that Rwandans were behind recent ritual killings in the city. More than 250 people have been arrested after more than 60 Rwandan-owned shops were looted in two days of violence.
The death toll from flooding in South Africa rises to 70 and more than 8,000 families are homeless. Five other nearby countries - Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe - are threatened by killer heavy rains.
British pop star George Michael is transferred from Pentonville Prison to Highpoint Prison in Suffolk, England, to serve out the remaining weeks of his sentence for driving under the influence of cannabis.
More than £200 million in health funding to the Zambian government is suspended by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, though some aid is given to non-government groups and the fund's director of communications says life-saving treatments remain unaffected.