Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Image copyright AFP Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged 80 in Switzerland, his aides say. He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said on Saturday. Mr Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded […]

Polluted lives: The cost of South Africa’s gold rush

Johannesburg in South Africa has one of the world’s largest gold deposits. After decades of mining, large swathes of the population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive mine waste. The BBC’s Sophie Ribstein went to meet people living close to the dumps to find out what effect it is having on their […]

Lagos landlords and the problems of renting as a single woman

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Inside the Jeremy Corbyn wreath row cemetery in Tunisia

Jeremy Corbyn has faced questions about his involvement in a wreath-laying ceremony he attended in Tunisia in 2014. The Labour leader says he was honouring Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli bomb attack in the country. However, he has faced scrutiny because the cemetery also houses graves of people accused of links to the 1972 […]

‘Save trees when roasting Eid sheep’ in Niger

Image copyright Anadolu/Getty Images Image caption Rams are particularly prized as sacrifices during Eid al-Adha People in Niger are being urged to curb their use of firewood at next week’s Eid al-Adha Muslim festival. It is an occasion when families often sacrifice sheep before roasting and eating them. The capital, Niamey, is expected to burn […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 10-16 August 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption Clare Byarugaba, who was outed as a lesbian by a Ugandan newspaper against her will, competes at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris on Friday… Image copyright AFP Image caption … “I was so proud […]

Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bobi Wine beat candidates from the main political parties in last year’s by-election to become an MP Ugandan Afrobeats musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has been severely beaten by the security forces and is unable to walk or talk, his lawyers say. The opposition MP has appeared at a military court in […]

Australia lake killings: Mother granted reduced jail sentence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akon Guode (L) after her children’s funeral in April 2015 A woman who killed three of her children by deliberately driving them into a lake in Australia has had her jail sentence reduced on appeal. Akon Guode was convicted last year of killing Bol, one, and twins Hanger and […]

Sudan boat accident: 24 schoolchildren die near River Nile

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boat capsized around 750km north of the capital Khartoum At least 24 children on their way to school and a health worker have drowned when their boat sank in northern Sudan. More than 40 children were on the boat, whose engine failed in a strong current as it […]

Grief and anger at Italian bridge collapse

Image copyright EPA Image caption Work is still going on to try to find survivors Grief in Italy for the 39 victims of a collapsed motorway bridge in Genoa has been mixed with anger that such a vital structure could have simply given way. Rescuers have little hope of finding more survivors underneath the Morandi […]

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