South Sudan attack ‘could hinder aid deliveries’

South Sudan attack ‘could hinder aid deliveries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aid agencies are re-evaluating risks in light of the weekend attack Aid agencies say the “shocking” killing of six aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday is causing them to re-assess how and when they can deliver supplies. The victims were ambushed by unknown attackers when travelling between Juba and […]

Violette Uwamahoro: Rwanda court releases UK woman

Violette Uwamahoro: Rwanda court releases UK woman

Image caption Violette Uwamahoro (R) was arrested on 14 February A Rwandan court has released a pregnant woman from the United Kingdom who was accused of involvement in a plot against Rwanda’s government. Violette Uwamahoro appeared last week in court in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, charged with spreading state secrets. A judge said there was no […]

Tanzania rapper Nay wa Mitego freed after Magufuli criticism

Tanzania rapper Nay wa Mitego freed after Magufuli criticism

Image caption Nay wa Mitego (l) was greeted by well-wishers and relatives on his release Tanzanian rapper Emmanuel Elibariki, known as Nay wa Mitego, has been released just a day after he was arrested for releasing a song deemed insulting to the government. The song emerged last week and has been widely shared on social […]

IS conflict: US-backed force pauses assault on Syria’s Tabqa dam

IS conflict: US-backed force pauses assault on Syria’s Tabqa dam

Image copyright AFP Image caption The assault on the Tabqa dam was launched last week with a US airlift behind IS lines US-backed Syrian fighters have paused their offensive near the Tabqa dam so engineers can do any work necessary to ensure it continues to function. The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance is battling so-called Islamic […]

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexei Navalny (left) called for nationwide protests over alleged government corruption Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday. Mr Navalny was among several hundred people who were detained in connection with the rallies across the country. The […]

School children killed in Japanese avalanche

Media captionRescue workers have tried to negotiate the snow-covered slopes Seven Japanese high school students and their teacher have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort. The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo. Another 40 people, mostly students, were hurt including two who […]

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands flee as Australia braced for ‘monster’ storm

Media captionQueensland prepares for imminent arrival of Cyclone Debbie Northeast Australia is bracing itself for the arrival of a “monster” cyclone expected to bring waves of up to 8m (26ft) to the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie, which has been upgraded to a Category four storm, is carrying winds of up to 250km/h (155 mph). Thousands […]

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Lim Choon Hong (left) and his wife Chong Sui Foon (right) were jailed for three weeks and three months respectively A Singaporean couple have been jailed for starving their domestic worker from the Philippines, in a case that has shocked the city-state. The woman lost 20kg (44 lbs) – […]

Hong Kong escalator malfunction: Two men arrested

Media captionHong Kong escalator malfunction injures dozens Two technicians in Hong Kong have been arrested for “perverting the course of justice”, after a malfunctioning escalator injured shoppers in a mall. The two men were suspected of tampering with the escalator after the incident, report local media. An escalator at the Langham Place shopping centre suddenly […]

India meat traders strike against Uttar Pradesh closures

India meat traders strike against Uttar Pradesh closures

Image caption Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest meat-producing state Meat traders in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are on indefinite strike in protest at the closure of butcher’s shops and slaughterhouses considered illegal. The move follows the nomination of Hindu hardline politician Yogi Adityanath as chief minister. Most are owned by Muslims who […]