Mali militants attack bases disguised as UN peacekeepers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption UN peacekeepers stand guard at a hotel entrance in Bamako, Mali, in 2015 A rocket and car bomb attack on French and UN soldiers in Mali has left one person dead and many others injured. Militants disguised as UN peacekeepers – in distinctive blue helmets and driving a vehicle […]

Somaliland poet jailed for Somalia reunification poetry

Image copyright Human Rights Centre Somaliland Image caption Poet Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing the state into contempt for backing Somaliland’s reunification with Somalia. A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland has sentenced a young poet to three years in jail. Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing the state into contempt […]

Winnie Mandela: Soweto send-off for anti-apartheid fighter

Media captionWinnie Madikizela-Mandela’s casket was draped in the national flag Crowds have gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Thousands of mourners have crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner is being given a high-level send-off. Her casket was draped in the national flag, and […]

Chibok girls: Many abductees dead, says journalist

Image copyright AFP Image caption 112 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in 2014 are still missing A Nigerian journalist with links to the Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed only 15 out of the 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive. Ahmad Salkida said he had negotiated for the release of the […]

Kenya elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick dies, aged 83

Image copyright Sheldrick Wildlife Image caption Daphne Sheldrick spent six decades working with orphaned baby elephants Kenyan elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died of cancer aged 83. She helped save the lives of more than 230 elephants – many of which had lost their mothers to poachers or drought – by developing a milk formula […]

DR Congo boycotts its own aid conference

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tens of thousands of Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda The Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a UN donor conference in Geneva seeking to raise $1.7bn (£1.2bn) for the country. The UN says more than 13 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, calling it a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. […]

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” […]

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyright EPA Image caption People are angry over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa Bano The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January […]

Berlin to strip Namibian past from streets

Image copyright AFP Berlin is set to rename streets linked to atrocities Germany committed during its 1884-1919 occupation of Namibia. Local councillors agreed on new street names for the so-called African Quarter in the north-west of the German capital on Wednesday evening. After more than a decade of debate, a final vote – seen as […]

Commonwealth Games: It’s not rare for athletes to go missing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Petit Minkoumba, from Cameroon, is among those who’ve gone missing At least 13 African athletes have vanished from the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Most of them are from Cameroon, with the team describing the disappearance as “desertion”. Organisers on the Gold Coast say the other missing athletes are from […]