At least 27 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 27 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 27 people have been killed in two car bombs near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Varying reports say 20 to 30 more were wounded by the blasts, which took place within minutes of each other. The first vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central al-Sleimani neighbourhood, […]

At least 22 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 22 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 22 people have been killed in two car bombs near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Varying reports say 20 to 30 more were wounded by the blasts, which took place within minutes of each other. The first vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central al-Sleimani neighbourhood, […]

Uganda’s Museveni: I love Trump for being frank with Africans

Uganda’s Museveni: I love Trump for being frank with Africans

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Museveni has said he appreciates Trump’s frank language President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has given a speech declaring his “love” for US President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as “shithole” countries during an immigration meeting. Mr Trump has denied making […]

South Africa’s ‘Father of Jazz’ dies

South Africa’s ‘Father of Jazz’ dies

Image copyright AFP Jazz legend Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet in the 1950s: a time when the colour of his skin meant he was no more than a second-class citizen in his own country, South Africa. Over the following decades, he would become known across the world for both his music and his […]

Zimbabwe family leave Bangkok airport after three months

Zimbabwe family leave Bangkok airport after three months

Image copyright EPA Image caption The family said they faced persecution if they returned to Zimbabwe If you’ve ever complained about being forced to sleep in an airport after a delay, spare a thought for one Zimbabwean family who have finally left Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport where they’ve lived for the past three months. The family […]

UN flag no longer offers ‘natural protection’ to peacekeepers

UN flag no longer offers ‘natural protection’ to peacekeepers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Missions in Africa are among the most dangerous for UN peacekeeping troops The UN’s flag and blue helmets no longer offer “natural protection” to its peacekeeping forces, who should not shy from using force if necessary, a high-level United Nations report says. UN peacekeepers should be prepared to take offensive […]

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Image caption Masekela was given his first trumpet at the age of 14 Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous […]

Why you can’t judge a zebra by its stripes

Why you can’t judge a zebra by its stripes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plains zebra live in family groups of a stallion with mares and their young offspring You can’t judge a zebra by its stripes. That’s the finding of research that is shaking up the family tree of the African wild horse. The common (plains) zebra lives on the grasslands of […]

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

Media captionWhite House and Chuck Schumer trade barbs over shutdown The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats agreed to back the bill if Republicans would address a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats refused to vote for […]

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Pope made the apology while flying back to Rome after his visit to Chile and Peru Pope Francis has apologised for remarks he made last week in Chile defending a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. He said he realised his words hurt many, but repeated his belief […]