Cameroon military court jails Anglophone activists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many in Cameroon’s English-speaking minority have protested against discrimination A court in Cameroon has convicted seven activists from the country’s English-speaking minority of rebellion and terrorism, handing them sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years. They include the group’s leader, Mancho Bibixy, a radio presenter in the Anglophone North-West […]

DR Congo boat sinking: River disaster kills 50 people

About 50 people have died after a boat capsized on a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. The vice-governor of Tshuapa province in the north of the country said the cause of the accident was not clear. He said another 50 people had survived when the boat tipped over as it was […]

Champions League: Sadio Mane sends 300 Liverpool shirts to hometown

Mane has 51 caps for Senegal Sadio Mane has gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to locals in his hometown in Senegal, so they can wear them during the Champions League final. The 26-year-old forward, who grew up in Bambali in the West African country, made the generous gesture before the Reds’ clash with 12-time winners Real […]

Why DR Congo is confident it will halt Ebola

Image copyright AFP Despite its vast size and dilapidated health system, the Democratic Republic of Congo is confident that it will be able to contain the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, which is thought to have killed 27 people. There has been one case in Mbandaka, a densely populated city of one million. […]

The Lagos female boxers with Olympic dreams

A group of young female boxers from a poor part of Lagos are hoping to win gold for Nigeria at the 2020 Olympics. The teenagers train in a makeshift boxing ring in the dirt and share the space with wild chickens. Many of the girls have already made it to state champion level and believe […]

MH17 : Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine

Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russia of being responsible for downing the MH17 passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board the plane, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it broke apart during flight over eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the missile belonged […]

Tiahleigh Palmer: The 12-year-old murdered by her foster father

Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Tiahleigh Palmer’s body was discovered on a Queensland river bank in 2015 Australian schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer was 12 years old when she came home from dance class and was murdered by her foster father. Hours earlier, Rick Thorburn had learned that that his teenage son, Trent, had sexually assaulted […]

GDPR: US news sites blocked to EU users over data protection rules

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Companies will face hefty fines if they break the new data regulations A number of high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new European Union rules on data protection came into effect. The Chicago Times and LA Times were among those posting messages saying they were […]

Boko Haram crisis: Amnesty accuses Nigeria troops of rape

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Troops have been fighting the militants for almost a decade Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said. Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa gives half his pay to Mandela charity

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa is popular in business circles South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will be donating half of his salary to charity. Mr Ramaphosa said the gesture was aimed at encouraging the wealthy to dedicate some of their pay to help build the nation. The donation […]

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