Ethiopia PM Hailemariam Desalegn in surprise resignation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn had been Ethiopia’s prime minister since 2012 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned unexpectedly, saying he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval. In a televised address, he said his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to […]

Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Media captionCheers and song as Ramaphosa elected South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. He was the only candidate nominated by parliament, which is dominated by his African National Congress. MPs broke into song at the announcement. In his first presidential speech, Mr Ramaphosa, […]

Cyril Ramaphosa due to become South Africa’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa, left, was the deputy president to Jacob Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa’s president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC party, which told him to step down or face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. […]

Florida shooting: At least 17 dead in high school attack

Media captionStudents describe fleeing school as shots rang out At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, police have said. The suspect has been named as Nikolas Cruz, 19, and is a former student at the school who had been expelled. As the […]

Stormy Daniels ‘free to tell her story’ after Trump lawyer statement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The newspaper says Mr Cohen declined to answer why the “private transaction” was made An adult film star who has been embroiled in allegations of an affair with President Donald Trump is free to tell her story, her manager has said. Stormy Daniels is no longer bound by a […]

One in six children ‘affected by conflict’ – Save the Children

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Syrian Civil Defence member carries a baby from the scene of an air strike in the Eastern Ghouta on 7 February One in every six children are now living in a global conflict zone, a new report by Save the Children claims. Children are at more risk from armed […]

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party

Media captionMr Zuma said he was resigning “with immediate effect” South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The ANC had told him to step down or […]

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Image copyright AFP Image caption Morgan Tsvangirai took part in a long political battle against Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. “He died this evening. […]

DR Congo President Kabila’s motorcade in deadly crash

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Kabila reportedly stayed to help the injured Five people have been killed following an accident involving a cement truck and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential motorcade. The three soldiers and two civilians died as President Joseph Kabila was returning to the capital, Kinshasa. Another 11 people were injured, […]

South Africa’s Zuma: I’ve done nothing wrong

Media captionSouth Africa’s president Jacob Zuma: ‘They never provided a reason’ South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma says he has done nothing wrong and sees no reason to stand down. Mr Zuma spoke after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave him an ultimatum to resign by the end of the day or face a […]