German aid worker kidnapped in Niger

Image copyright ACEI Cheung Image caption It has become increasingly unstable in the area near the border between Mali and Niger A German aid worker has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Niger. The man and his Nigerien colleagues were travelling near the border with Mali on Wednesday when armed men on motorbikes surrounded their […]

US House Speaker Ryan to stand down

Media captionWhat Paul Ryan quitting could really mean US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans with mid-term elections looming. Congress’ most powerful lawmaker said he would not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this November. Republicans already face a tough […]

UN: Central African Republic corpse protest was propaganda

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters say civilians were killed in clashes between UN troops and armed groups The UN says protesters who placed corpses in front of their headquarters in the Central African Republic (CAR) were using the bodies for “propaganda”. “Some people are using dead bodies… to say that we have killed civilians,” […]

Officer who dragged man from plane sues United Airlines

Media captionPassenger dragged off a United flight. Video: Audra D Bridges A former Chicago aviation security officer who was fired after dragging a man off a flight last year has filed a lawsuit against the airline and city. James Long is suing Chicago’s Department of Aviation (CDA), its commissioner and the city, alleging he was […]

Trump lifts travel ban on Chad

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump came under strong criticism for imposing the travel ban US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban his administration imposed on Chad about six months ago. The central African state had improved the sharing of information about “suspected terrorists”, and had taken steps to make […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia warns US against military action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syrian Army soldiers gather near the town of Douma, where the suspected chemical attack happened Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. “I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” […]

Australian jailed for ‘despicable’ fake cancer scam

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Hanna Dickenson (R) falsely claimed to have cancer, a court heard An Australian woman who faked having terminal cancer before scamming money from friends of her family has been jailed for three months. Hanna Dickenson, 24, accepted A$42,000 (£22,000; $31,000) after telling her parents that she needed medical treatment overseas. […]

Twenty dead in attempted breakout from Brazil prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption The entrance of the Santa Izabel prison complex A number of inmates at a jail in the northern Brazilian city of Belem have died during an attempted mass breakout. They were aided by an armed group outside the jail which used explosives against one of the prison walls. One guard […]

Commonwealth Games: Five Cameroon athletes ‘desert’ team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Weightlifter Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is among the missing athletes, Cameroon officials say Five Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials have confirmed. Press attache Simon Molombe told the BBC officials viewed it as “desertion” and that the missing athletes had […]

Tanzania launches early-age cervical cancer vaccine

Image caption This girl was among the first to receive the HPV vaccine after its campaign launch in Tanzania More than 600,000 girls in Tanzania have started receiving vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. Girls aged between nine and 14 are being targeted to protect them from developing the illness at an early age. “Prevention is […]