Southern African presidents to gather in Maputo on Thursday after Mozambique insurgence

Six southern African presidents are to hold emergency talks on the crisis in northern Mozambique, where jihadists last month seized a key town. Islamic State-linked militants launched an assault on the town of Palma late in March, in what is seen as the biggest escalation of a three-year-old insurgency. The authorities say dozens have been killed, while thousands have fled the town of some 75,000 people. Talks on the crisis will take place in the Mozambican capital of Maputo on Thursday, gathering the presidents of Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.