US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’

US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least 21 employees at the US embassy in Havana fell ill The US is withdrawing more than half of its staff at its embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious attacks which left its diplomats unwell. Washington is also warning Americans not to visit the country because some attacks […]

Catalonia referendum: Tractors roll into Barcelona to support vote

Catalonia referendum: Tractors roll into Barcelona to support vote

Media captionTractors have gathered in Barcelona to show support for the referendum Columns of tractors waving the lone-star flag of Catalan independence are converging on the region’s towns in support of Sunday’s banned referendum. Supporters cheered as a column of vehicles, dubbed a Tractorada, rolled into the capital, Barcelona, streaming past the famous Sagrada Familia […]

Yemen war: UN agrees to send war crime experts

Yemen war: UN agrees to send war crime experts

Media captionWatch: What happened to Saleem? The UN has agreed to send war crimes investigators to Yemen to examine alleged violations committed by all parties to country’s civil war. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to set up a group of “eminent” experts. It was a compromise between Western powers and a group […]

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption Artwork: The BFR would assume the roles performed by current SpaceX vehicles People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, rocket and car entrepreneur Elon Musk says. Mr Musk made the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. A promotional video says […]

Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary ‘spent $12,000 on flight’

Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary ‘spent $12,000 on flight’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ryan Zinke is a devoted horse rider A row over Trump administration officials’ use of charter flights for business trips has deepened amid reports of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of the costly option. Mr Zinke flew from Las Vegas to Montana last June on a private jet that […]

Cameroon bans pro-independence rallies in Anglophone area

Cameroon bans pro-independence rallies in Anglophone area

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists accuse the government of using excessive force to end protests Cameroon has banned public meetings and travel in a mainly English-speaking region ahead of a protest to demand independence for the area. The South-West region’s border with Nigeria has also been shut to block “infiltration” by people threatening Cameroon’s […]

Inspiration or looting?

Inspiration or looting?

Image copyright Thabo Makhetha (TMCollective) Image caption Thabo Makhetha uses traditional blankets from Lesotho to make clothes Blankets from Lesotho are at the centre of controversy in the fashion world, with some arguing that powerful people are appropriating them for their own benefit. BBC Africa’s Mayeni Jones reports from Cape Town. At a home in […]

Laos is ‘world’s fastest growing’ ivory market

Laos is ‘world’s fastest growing’ ivory market

Image copyright Lucy Vigne Image caption Dozens of shops sell thousands of items made of ivory in Laos, researchers have found The fastest growing ivory market in the world is now Laos, according to an investigation by Kenya-based group Save the Elephants. China is banning all ivory trade by the end of 2017, but business […]

Murder of Steve Biko

The funeral of South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was held in September 1977. Peter Jones was arrested alongside Steve Biko, who then died in police custody. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there. Murder of Steve Biko

Nigerian toddler run over by Boko Haram walks again

Nigerian toddler run over by Boko Haram walks again

Image caption Ali was run over by Boko Haram militants in 2014 A five-year-old Nigerian boy, who was seriously injured when he was run over by Boko Haram militants three years ago, has taken his first steps since. The Islamist militants drove over Ali Ahmadu’s back on a motorbike as he tried to flee with […]