Migrant crisis: Libya opposes EU plan for centres, says minister

Image copyright EPA Image caption Many of those who risk the journey across the Mediterranean have to be rescued Libya’s foreign minister says his country opposes a European Union plan to set up assessment centres for migrants outside the EU. The plan was drawn up by EU leaders in June as Italy called for more […]

Tanzania ferry disaster: ‘My family had arranged for my burial’

A month ago, the MV Nyerere capsized on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria killing more than 200 people. But among the survivors was ship’s engineer Augustine Cherehani. He was found in an air pocket three days after the disaster. Here he talks about how his family had planned his funeral. Tanzania ferry disaster: ‘My […]

Amritsar: Scores dead as train mows down crowd

Media captionCrowds celebrate Hindu festival near Amritsar More than 50 people have been killed and 200 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. […]

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police search forest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are believed to have extended their search to the Belgrad Forest Police in Turkey investigating the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have expanded their search. Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland. Mr Khashoggi […]

Brexit: France’s Macron makes English faux pas over visas

Media captionMr Macron meant “start” but actually said “stop”, aides say French President Emmanuel Macron made a faux pas by saying in error that UK visitors would need French visas if there is a no-deal Brexit, aides say. He had meant to say that British people would not need visas in such circumstances. The confusion […]

Trump hails body slamming Congressman Greg Gianforte in Montana

Media captionPresident Trump mimics the violent move at a rally US President Donald Trump has praised a Republican congressman who assaulted a journalist last year with a “body slam”, referring to him as “my guy”. “Greg is smart,” Mr Trump said of Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, adding “By the way, never wrestle him”. “Any guy […]

Vote delayed after police chief murdered

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq was a powerful opponent of the Taliban Parliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. Gen Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a rogue bodyguard on Thursday. The Taliban claimed the attack, which […]

Why is this village letting mosquitoes in?

Thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in a village in Burkina Faso. It is part of a project aimed at wiping out the malaria-carrying insects. It will be the first time genetically engineered mosquitoes have been released in any African country. Video produced by Trystan Young. Listen to more stories from […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 12 – 18 October 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright EPA Image caption At the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Saturday, Tunisia’s Zaineb Sghaier (in blue) tussles with Natacha Veronique Nabaina of Cameroon in the wrestling competition… Image copyright EPA Image caption While […]

Abiy Ahmed: Protesting Ethiopian soldiers wanted to kill me

Image copyright Walta TV Image caption The prime minister ordered the protesting soldiers to do press-ups to defuse the tension Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that some of the soldiers who entered the grounds of his office last week had wanted to kill him. At the time, he defused the situation by ordering […]