Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Image copyright Shutterstock An entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola was paid more than $41m in just 20 months, leaked documents reveal. The payments were made via a complex web of companies set up in the offshore jurisdiction of Mauritius. Jean-Claude Bastos also used his position to […]

Nigeria targets recovery in record budget for 2018

Nigeria targets recovery in record budget for 2018

Image copyright AFP Nigeria has set out its budget for 2018, aimed at helping the economy recover from its first recession in 25 years. President Muhammadu Buhari announced a record budget of 8.6 trillion naira (£21.4bn) to modernise its infrastructure. Africa’s largest oil producer climbed out of recession in 2017 after a sharp fall in […]

South Africa: Danish ‘FGM’ man guilty of multiple charges

South Africa: Danish ‘FGM’ man guilty of multiple charges

Image copyright AFP Image caption Charges against Peter Frederiksen ranged from fraud to conspiracy to murder A Danish man whose freezer contained women’s genitals has been found guilty of various crimes by a South African court – but not female genital mutilation. Peter Frederiksen was found guilty of rape, production and possession of child pornography, […]

Malaria breath test shows promise

Malaria breath test shows promise

Image copyright Washington University People with malaria give off a distinctive “breath-print” that could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists. They had already tried out a crude prototype breathalyser in Africa, a tropical medicine conference heard. The test was reasonably good at detecting cases in children, but needs developing […]

Saudi Arabia arrests: Corruption drive ‘just the start’

Saudi Arabia arrests: Corruption drive ‘just the start’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The purge bolsters the position of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive, the attorney general says. Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb issued a statement describing the detentions as “merely the start of […]

Woman fired for showing Trump motorcade the middle finger

Woman fired for showing Trump motorcade the middle finger

Image copyright AFP/GETTY Image caption Despite losing her job, the 50-year-old says she does not regret “flipping off” the motorcade A woman pictured raising her middle finger toward US President Donald Trump’s motorcade has reportedly been fired from her job over the photograph. The image went viral after it was taken on 28 October in […]

Paradise Papers documents raise questions over African mining deal

Paradise Papers documents raise questions over African mining deal

Image copyright Premieres lignes Image caption Katanga mine in the DR Congo One of the world’s largest firms loaned a businessman previously accused of corruption $45m and asked him to negotiate mining rights in a poor central African nation, the Paradise Papers reveal. Anglo-Swiss company Glencore made the loan available to Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, […]

Zimbabwe politics: Mugabe sacks ‘disloyal’ Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe politics: Mugabe sacks ‘disloyal’ Mnangagwa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Mnangagwa had been a leading candidate to succeed President Mugabe Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been removed from his post, the country’s government has announced. Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had displayed “traits of disloyalty”, Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said. His removal makes it more likely that President Robert Mugabe’s […]

Liberia’s Supreme Court suspends Weah-Boaki vote

Liberia’s Supreme Court suspends Weah-Boaki vote

Image copyright Reuters/ EPA Image caption Former football star George Weah (left) and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are due to face each other in the second round Liberia’s Supreme Court has halted the presidential run-off amid allegations of “irregularities and frauds”, with just a day’s notice. It says the poll cannot proceed until the electoral commission […]

Nigeria kidnapping: Ian Squire killed and three freed

Nigeria kidnapping: Ian Squire killed and three freed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The kidnapping is thought to have taken place in the Niger Delta A British hostage kidnapped last month in southern Nigeria has been killed and three others freed, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Ian Squire was one of four Britons taken by suspected militants on 13 October from the […]