Joanna Demafelis: Employer of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Demafelis’s sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week Police have arrested the employer of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait after a weeks-long manhunt. Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found frozen in her employers’ apartment more than a year after she […]

Somalia al-Shabab: Deadly double car bombing near presidential palace

Image copyright Universal TV / Reuters Image caption The attack was claimed by Islamist militants Two large explosions in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu have killed at least 18 people and injured dozens. One attack took place at the gates of the presidential palace, while a second hit near offices of the national intelligence agency. Officials […]

Nigerian president apologises for Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnap

Image copyright Yobe government Image caption Parents have expressed their anger over the government’s handling of the attack Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called the suspected kidnapping of dozens of schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants a “national disaster”. Jihadists stormed the school in the town of Dapchi in the north east on Monday but it […]

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in South Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually […]

South Sudan children ‘forced to watch rape’

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually […]

Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘did not confront killer’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students were evacuated in small groups after the 14 February shooting An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says. Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being […]

Komla Dumor Award 2018: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

Media captionBBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor award The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. The winner will […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 16-22 February 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption It is not every day you see an elephant upside down and suspended in the air – but on Wednesday in Nyeri county, Kenya, that is exactly what was happening. Image copyright […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Dapchi anger over missing girls

Image copyright Yobe State government Image caption The number of missing girls is being disputed by parents There is growing anger and confusion among the parents of a group of missing Nigerian schoolgirls following an attack by Boko Haram Monday night. Parents of pupils who disappeared from their boarding school in Dapchi told the BBC […]

Seychelles protects an area ‘as big as Britain’ in Indian Ocean

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The island nation plans to protect 30% of its seas by 2020 The Seychelles has created protected areas “the size of Great Britain” in the Indian Ocean. In exchange for getting some of its national debt paid off, the island nation has agreed to protect 210,000 sq km (81,000 […]

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