Barcelona: Van hits crowds in Ramblas tourist area

Barcelona: Van hits crowds in Ramblas tourist area

Media captionEyewitness Aamer Anwar: “I heard a crash, everybody started to run” A van has ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area. Spanish police say several people have been injured in a “massive crash”, while emergency services are urging people to stay away from the area around Plaça de Catalunya. Reports from the […]

Trump defends ‘beautiful’ Civil War statues

Trump defends ‘beautiful’ Civil War statues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Civil War statues have prompted protests for many years US President Donald Trump has denounced the removal of “beautiful” Confederate statues amid a heated national debate about US race relations. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our […]

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe, the police minister has said. She is accused of hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with an extension cord in […]

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Media captionPeople are angry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from outside Freetown’s mortuary Mass burials are being held on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding. President Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to join Christian and Muslim religious leaders for a […]

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahdi expressed remorse during his trial An Islamist militant who is serving a prison sentence for destroying ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu has been found liable for nearly 3m euros in damages. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years last September by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He admitted leading […]

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN says that 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children The number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan to Uganda has passed the one million mark, the UN says. The organisation is appealing to the international community for “urgent additional support”. It […]

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives have been waiting to identify bodies Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to […]

Grace Mugabe asks for diplomatic immunity in S Africa case

Grace Mugabe asks for diplomatic immunity in S Africa case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s government has sought diplomatic immunity for President Robert Mugabe’s wife in the assault case against her in South Africa, South Africa’s police ministry has said. Grace Mugabe was still in South Africa, it added, contradicting earlier reports that […]

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hillside collapsed on to dozens of houses in Regent after heavy rain At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, a spokesman for the president has told the BBC. President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for “urgent […]

Nigeria violence: Female suicide bombers kill 27

Nigeria violence: Female suicide bombers kill 27

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Nigerian army has failed to stop violence by militants in Maiduguri Three female suicide bombers have carried out an attack that has killed at least 27 people in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say. Dozens were injured when the women blew themselves up outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno […]