South Africa moves ‘coffin’ assault case to high court

South Africa moves ‘coffin’ assault case to high court

Image caption Theo Martins Jackson (L) and Willem Oosthuizen (R) have been in custody since November The trial of two white farmers accused of forcing a black South African into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive has been moved to a high court. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins […]

China landslide: 15 dead, over 100 missing in Sichuan

China landslide: 15 dead, over 100 missing in Sichuan

Media captionThe rescue team has been searching for missing people The bodies of 15 people have been found after a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China left more than 12 people missing, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at […]

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Image copyright EPA Image caption Qatar, which is rich in natural gas, is home to 2.7 million people Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, […]

Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump

Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump

Media captionSchwarzenegger backs Macron in Trump fight French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president’s policy on climate change – this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a video on social media, Mr Macron is joined by the Terminator star as he vows to […]

Muslims on India train assaulted ‘because they ate beef’

Muslims on India train assaulted ‘because they ate beef’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trains in Haryana – like the rest of India – can be notoriously overcrowded A man arrested in India for being part of a mob that attacked a group of four Muslim teenagers on a train has said on TV that he was goaded into it by others because […]

Venezuelan dad makes plea to president

Venezuelan dad makes plea to president

Media captionDavid Vallenilla says his son was not a criminal A man whose son was killed during an opposition protest in Venezuela’s capital Caracas has made a personal plea to President Nicol├ís Maduro. David Vallenilla’s 22-year-old son, also called David, was shot by military police on Thursday. Mr Vallenilla says he once worked with the […]

John Magufuli’s pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

John Magufuli’s pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been condemned for comments that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up and a pan-African women’s organisation is mobilising to get the […]

SportPesa to end Kenya football league sponsorship over tax

SportPesa to end Kenya football league sponsorship over tax

Image copyright SportPesa Image caption SportPesa supports several top clubs in the Kenya premier League Sport betting company SportPesa has announced it will end sponsorship of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after the government imposed a hefty tax increase on gaming revenue. Company boss Ronald Karauri said the 35% increase would negatively affect its business […]

Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians

Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Many Tanzanians have condemned President John Magufuli’s comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up to get the president to reverse his comments. Mr Magufuli warned […]

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sir Ketumile Masire – the “architect” of Botswana’s stability Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports […]