George Soros ‘plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea’s leader’

George Soros ‘plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea’s leader’

Image copyright EPA Image caption US billionaire George Soros has not commented on the claims Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow the country’s government. He said he had warned President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest […]

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting this message, indicating a ransomware attack is to blame. Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted […]

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

Image copyright Google Image caption Google Shopping ads appear at the top of many search result pages Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the […]

Former FN supporter on trial for smuggling Iranian lover to UK

Former FN supporter on trial for smuggling Iranian lover to UK

Image copyright AFP Image caption Béatrice Huret spoke to her Iranian partner by phone just before the trial began A former supporter of France’s far-right National Front party (FN) has gone on trial for helping a man she met in the Calais migrant camp cross the border to Britain. Béatrice Huret is charged with aiding […]

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Suez Canal is one of 14 “chokepoints” The world’s food security is increasingly reliant on 14 “chokepoints” for trade, a think-tank report has warned. UK-based Chatham House says more needs to be done to protect key transport routes such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and […]

Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip

Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim girls were shocked to be targeted by racists during a trip to visit Holocaust memorials German Muslim schoolgirls who went on a visit to Holocaust memorials in eastern Poland say they were racially abused by locals during their trip. The girls, from a Berlin school, spoke on Deutschlandfunk radio […]

Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

Image copyright Borno State Image caption The trenches are designed to make it impossible for the militants to drive into the university Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university […]

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Image copyright World Food Prize Image caption Access to seeds and fertilisers has proven problematic for millions of farmers in Africa African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes. Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was […]

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Image copyright AFP Image caption A journey through the desert can be just as perilous for migrants as a sea crossing Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A […]

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be “happy” and “overwhelmed” following his release Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says. Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement […]

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