Ivory Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo granted amnesty

Image copyright AFP Image caption Simone Gbagbo was hiding in a bunker when she was arrested Ivory Coast’s jailed former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been granted amnesty by the president in what he says is a move to foster reconciliation. In 2015, Mrs Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years for her role in the […]

Letter from Africa: Did Mugabe’s support backfire?

Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from Africa, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe looks at Zimbabwe’s election fallout. The maxim that there are no permanent friends in politics has never been truer than in Zimbabwe, where historic elections took place last week. The polls were the first without Robert Mugabe – the man who has […]

Italy road crash near Foggia kills 12 African farm labourers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many Africans like these live in desperate poverty in southern Italy Twelve African farm labourers have died in a head-on collision between a van and a lorry near Lesina in the Foggia region of southern Italy. The labourers were returning from the fields, packed into a van which had […]

South Sudanese celebrate peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People are hoping that the latest peace deal will be implemented Businesses are shut in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as people celebrate the signing of a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a brutal five-year civil war. The deal will see rebel leader Riek Machar return to government as one […]

How to halt a cough-syrup addiction

Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic A BBC investigation into the illegal sale of an addictive opioid has triggered sweeping reform across Nigeria and beyond. Within 24 hours of the broadcast of Africa Eye’s documentary, which exposed how individuals in some of Nigeria’s largest pharmaceutical companies were selling codeine-based cough mixture […]

South Sudan government and rebels sign peace deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riek Machar and Salva Kiir signed the agreement at a ceremony in Sudan South Sudan’s government has reached a power-sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal in neighbouring Sudan. The deal, which will see Mr Machar return to […]

Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Media captionFootage showed dozens of soldiers running away before the transmission was cut off Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – […]

Switzerland crash: Twenty dead as WW2 plane crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plane came down high above sea level in the Swiss Alps Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police say. The plane – a Junker JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when […]

Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Steven Seagal (left) has praised President Putin’s policies Russia has appointed the US actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States. Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has praised President Putin as a great world leader. Born in the US, the martial […]

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Bangladesh police have fired tear gas on student protesters demanding better road safety Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US envoy to Bangladesh in the capital Dhaka on Saturday night, US officials said. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but […]

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