End in sight to Olympic ban on Russia

The Olympic athletes from Russia team paraded under the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony, and will do so at the closing ceremony at 11:00 GMT Russia’s Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no further doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has voted unanimously. However, the IOC […]

Trump-Russia: Manafort ‘paid European ex-politicians’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Manafort insists he is innocent Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid unnamed former senior European politicians to lobby for Ukraine’s previous pro-Russia government, a new indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller says. Mr Manafort paid over €2m ($2.5m; £1.8m) to the ex-politicians, it says. He has maintained […]

Somalia al-Shabab: Deadly double car bombing near presidential palace

Image copyright Universal TV / Reuters Image caption The attack was claimed by Islamist militants Two large explosions in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu have killed at least 18 people and injured dozens. One attack took place at the gates of the presidential palace, while a second hit near offices of the national intelligence agency. Officials […]

Nigerian president apologises for Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnap

Image copyright Yobe government Image caption Parents have expressed their anger over the government’s handling of the attack Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called the suspected kidnapping of dozens of schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants a “national disaster”. Jihadists stormed the school in the town of Dapchi in the north east on Monday but it […]

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in South Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually […]

Komla Dumor Award 2018: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

Media captionBBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor award The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. The winner will […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 16-22 February 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption It is not every day you see an elephant upside down and suspended in the air – but on Wednesday in Nyeri county, Kenya, that is exactly what was happening. Image copyright […]

Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘did not confront killer’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Funerals are being held for the 17 victims An armed officer who was at the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says. The school resource officer has resigned after being suspended, Broward […]

Scandal-hit Australia deputy PM resigns

Barnaby Joyce says he will resign as Australia’s deputy prime minister following a politically damaging saga that began with his affair with a former staffer. Mr Joyce said he would step down as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner, on Monday. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Dapchi anger over missing girls

Image copyright Yobe State government Image caption The number of missing girls is being disputed by parents There is growing anger among the parents of a group of missing Nigerian schoolgirls following an attack by Boko Haram on Monday night. Parents of pupils who disappeared from their boarding school in Dapchi told the BBC their […]

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