Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrew Brunson was first arrested in 2016 A court in Turkey has freed a US pastor from house arrest in a case that badly strained ties between the US and Turkey. Andrew Brunson was arrested over alleged links to political groups, including the banned Gulenist movement, after a failed coup […]

Uganda landslide near Mount Elgon kills more than 30

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A torrent of mud and water swept houses away A landslide following heavy rains in eastern Uganda has killed more than 30 people. It is feared that the death toll could rise as a government rescue team reaches the Mount Elgon area. A river burst its banks and a torrent […]

Pik Botha: Key figure in South Africa’s apartheid transition dies

Media captionPik Botha, in a 2013 BBC interview, praises Nelson Mandela A key figure during South Africa’s transition from the apartheid era, Pik Botha, has died at the age of 86. Mr Botha served as his country’s foreign minister for 17 years until the end of the apartheid era in 1994. He spent most of […]

Ramla Ali: My secret life as a boxing champion

Ramla Ali wants to be the first boxer to represent Somalia at an Olympics When boxer Ramla Ali won the British and English titles in 2016, not one of her family was watching. This wasn’t because they couldn’t bear to watch – they simply didn’t know. For the first Muslim woman to win an English […]

Mohammed Dewji: Africa’s ‘youngest billionaire’ abducted in Tanzania

Image copyright AFP Image caption Financial magazine Forbes says Mohammed Dewji is worth $1.5bn (£980m) The man said to be Africa’s youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam, police say. Mohammed Dewji, 43, was abducted outside a swanky hotel gym where he was going for his routine […]

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed does press-ups with protesting soldiers

Image copyright Walta TV Image caption The smiles on the soldiers’ faces suggest the prime minister succeeded in defusing the situation amicably Ethiopia’s prime minister has done press-ups with dozens of protesting soldiers, who had marched into his office in the capital, Addis Ababa. Abiy Ahmed was unhappy that soldiers had brought weapons and ordered […]

UK priest apologises over SA ‘sex abuse’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption William MacCurtain has been living in a Catholic care home in Bournemouth for nine years A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a South African schoolboy in the 1980s should be extradited, campaigners have said. William Segodisho told a Johannesburg press conference he was raped by Jesuit priest Father William […]

Ex-wife of former Liberia leader Charles Taylor denies torture

Image caption Agnes Taylor previously worked as a lecturer and head of department at Coventry University The ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has pleaded not guilty to a string of torture charges – some involving children. Agnes Taylor, 53, was charged last year after a Metropolitan Police inquiry. She is accused of committing […]

Mamamah airport: Sierra Leone cancels China-funded project

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (left) stepped down from power in April Sierra Leone has cancelled a $400m (£304m) Chinese-funded project to build a new airport outside the capital Freetown. Former President Ernest Bai Koroma signed the loan agreement with China before he lost elections in March. […]

Sierra Leone cancels China-funded Mamamah airport

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (left) stepped down from power in April Sierra Leone has cancelled a $400m (£304m) Chinese-funded project to build a new airport outside the capital Freetown. Former President Ernest Bai Koroma signed the loan agreement with China before he lost elections in March. […]

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