France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some protesters gathered to watch the president’s speech France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address, […]

South Africa protests to Rwanda over ‘insult’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Sisulu was criticised by Rwanda for meeting an exiled critic of the Rwandan leader South Africa has summoned the Rwandan envoy in Pretoria over apparently offensive remarks directed at South African International Relations minister, Lindiwe Sisulu. Ms Sisulu’s spokesman told the BBC the remarks on social media were “unacceptable” […]

Egypt investigates ‘pyramid nude photo shoot’

Egypt investigates ‘pyramid nude photo shoot’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Egypt is investigating a video which appears to show a Danish couple scaling the Great Pyramid and posing naked. The alleged incident has sparked outrage in the conservative Muslim country. Prosecutors will explore whether […]

DR Congo’s Kabila does not rule out contesting 2023 poll

Image copyright AFP Image caption Joseph Kabila became president at the age of 29 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila says he will leave office after the 23 December poll, but may seek re-election in the future. Mr Kabila, 47, said he would remain in politics after the poll as “there is still a […]

Ayodhya: Thousands rally in Delhi over disputed religious site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hindus believe the disputed religious site is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities Tens of thousands of Hindus have marched in the Indian capital, Delhi, to call for a temple to be built on a hotly contested religious site. Organisers say they will not relent until a […]

Sudan helicopter crash kills officials

A helicopter has crashed in eastern Sudan, killing a state governor and at least four other officials. The helicopter exploded in flames after it hit a communications tower as it tried to land in the remote Al-Qadarif state, witnesses are quoted by AFP news agency as saying. No official reason has yet been given for […]

Thousands walk on Ethiopia Car Free Day

Image caption Amir Aman, in glasses, wants Ethiopians to lead a healthy lifestyle Thousands of people have marked Car Free Day in cities across Ethiopia by walking and exercising. Major roads were shut as Health Minister Amir Aman led the walk in the capital, Addis Ababa. This was the first Car Free Day held in […]

From revelry to tragedy on Uganda’s party boat

Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Brian Jjuuko, Tashobya Nsubuga, Francis Ssenkezi, Esther Batahi, Prince Arnold Simbwa and Sharifah Mbatudde survived Six survivors of a day of fun and revelry that turned into a tragedy after a Ugandan party boat capsized on Lake Victoria tell the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga what happened. “The DJ kept irritating […]

Uganda party cruise tragedy: ‘Whiskey was flowing freely before boat sank’

Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Brian Jjuuko, Tashobya Nsubuga, Francis Ssenkezi, Esther Batahi, Prince Arnold Simbwa and Sharifah Mbatudde survived Six survivors of a day of fun and revelry that turned into a tragedy after a Ugandan party boat capsized on Lake Victoria tell the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga what happened. “The DJ kept irritating […]

Algeria beatifications are first in a Muslim nation

Image copyright EPA Image caption The beatification took place in Oran’s Chapel of our Lady of Santa Cruz The Catholic Church has beatified 19 Catholics killed in Algeria’s civil war – the first such ceremony in a Muslim nation. Most of them were French – seven were Trappist monks, and one a bishop. The event […]