Congo mudslide death toll ‘to rise to 200’

Congo mudslide death toll ‘to rise to 200’

The death toll from Wednesday’s landslide in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to rise above 200, officials say. Most of the dead are from a fishing community on Lake Albert. Officials say the figure is based on the number of households buried after heavy rains caused parts of a nearby mountain to collapse. […]

Rwanda President Paul Kagame critical of foreign meddling

Rwanda President Paul Kagame critical of foreign meddling

Image copyright AFP Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has thanked the people for re-electing him for a third term and criticised attempts to interfere in the country’s politics. He was speaking soon after taking the oath of office at the Amahoro National Stadium in the capital, Kigali. The ceremony was attended by dozens of African leaders […]

Finland stabbings: Two dead and man shot in Turku

Finland stabbings: Two dead and man shot in Turku

Image copyright AFP Image caption There has been no official statement on the number of people injured Two people have been killed and at least six others injured in a stabbing in Finland, police officials say. Police said they shot the man who attacked several people in the south-western city of Turku. He has been […]

Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image caption The graves were prepared at Waterloo, 30km from Freetown A mass burial for about 300 people killed by a mudslide and flooding has taken place on the outskirts of the capital Freetown. President Ernest Bai Koroma attended a multi-faith memorial service at the burial site in the city of Waterloo. Some 600 people […]

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 […]