China congress: All eyes on committee for clues to successor

Image copyright AFP Image caption Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful leader in decades Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to reveal the team of top leaders who will serve under him over the course of the next five-year term. Mr Xi, 64, will on Wednesday announce the line-up of the seven-member Politburo Standing […]

Syria: Russia vetoes extension of chemical weapons inquiry

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the only official mission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was set up in 2015 to identify perpetrators of […]

Kenya election: Last-minute court bid to block poll

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uhuru Kenyatta won the August poll with 54% of the vote to Mr Odinga’s 45% Kenya’s Supreme Court will hold a last-minute hearing to decide whether the re-run of the presidential election can go ahead. The court will hear an urgent petition by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not […]

Togo star Francis Kone honoured for life-saving move

Kone (left) was labelled a hero after his actions Togolese striker Francis Kone has been honoured by Fifa for his life-saving actions in a Czech league match. He was given a Fair Play award at the Fifa “Best” ceremony in London on Monday night. Kone saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec back in February, […]

Ivory seizures hit record levels last year, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cites says that the global collective effort to stop ivory poaching has made some progress Ivory seizures around the world hit record levels last year, with elephant poaching in Africa declining for a fifth year in a row, a report says. About 40 tonnes of trafficked ivory was recovered, […]

Harvey Weinstein: Company faces harassment inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harvey Weinstein insists any sexual relations he had were consensual New York prosecutors are investigating the company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein following allegations of sexual assault made against the film producer. The civil rights inquiry seeks to identify employees who have been subject to harassment. “If sexual harassment or […]

Kenya election re-run marred by insecurity – diplomats

Image copyright AFP Image caption The opposition says its demands for a free and fair poll have not been met Western diplomats have warned of “growing insecurity” in Kenya ahead of Thursday’s presidential election re-run, boycotted by the main opposition. Inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on the election commission made it more difficult to hold a […]

Nigerian university hires snake charmers after student death

Media captionThe battle against deadly snakebites in Nigeria A university in north-west Nigeria is hiring snake charmers to eradicate the danger of fatal snake bites on campus. Zainab Umar, a final-year economics student at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University in Katsina state, died last week after a snake bite. The dean of student affairs, Suleiman Kankara, […]

Kenya’s Ruth Odinga to be charged over Kisumu protest

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ruth Odinga is accused of disrupting preparations for Thursday’s poll Kenya’s chief prosecutor has ordered that opposition leader Raila Odinga’s sister should immediately be charged with inciting violence against the election commission. Ruth Odinga entered an election centre without permission, and caused damage to property, a statement said. Ms Odinga, […]

Iraq’s Shia militia ‘must go home’, says Tillerson

Media captionUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – speaking in Doha – said he was not optimistic about breaking the Saudi Arabia-Qatar deadlock US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Iran-backed militias who have been fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq should go home as the battle is nearing its end. […]