Kenyan boy Kelvin Muriuki goes to school in helicopter

Kenyan boy Kelvin Muriuki goes to school in helicopter

Image copyright The Samaritans Image caption Kelvin’s annual school fee is $530 (£430) A poor 14-year-old boy in Kenya has been flown to school in a helicopter after air force veterans offered to pay for his secondary education. Kelvin Muriuki was top of his class in 2016, but poverty forced him to go and work […]

Idris Elba auctions himself for Africa

Idris Elba auctions himself for Africa

Image copyright Omaze.com Image caption The winning bidder is promised “delicious conversation and great food” Luther actor Idris Elba has put himself up for auction as a Valentine’s date to raise money for charity. In an online video, he offers bidders a “romantic evening” involving cocktails, food and “whatever your heart desires”. “I’ll let you […]

Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay until election ruling’

Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay until election ruling’

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Jammeh has urged Gambians to await the Supreme Court decision Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May. In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at […]

Trump condemns spy agency ‘leak’ of ‘fake news’

Media captionHere’s what Donald Trump had to say at his press conference President-elect Donald Trump has accused US intelligence agencies of leaking allegations that Russia has compromising material on him. “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done,” he said. He was replying to unsubstantiated allegations that his election team colluded with Russia and there […]

Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government says expanding access to family planning is an important part of its plan to reduce poverty Government agencies in the Philippines have been ordered to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them. President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to reduce the number […]

Lebanon says rubbish dump birds may pose danger to planes

Lebanon says rubbish dump birds may pose danger to planes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Birds attracted to the area by piles of rubbish are said to be putting planes landing at Beirut’s international airport (pictured) in danger Planes at Beirut’s airport could be in danger after birds began flocking to a nearby rubbish dump, Lebanon’s transport minister said. Yusef Fenianos said the country faced […]

Tigerair cancels Bali flights amid ‘new requirements’ from Indonesia

Tigerair cancels Bali flights amid ‘new requirements’ from Indonesia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tigerair has cancelled flights between Australia and Bali Hundreds of passengers have been stranded in Bali after Indonesia imposed “new requirements” on Tigerair flights to Australia, the airline said. All flights between Bali and Australia will be cancelled until at least Friday morning, Tigerair said in a statement.. The […]

Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay till election ruling’

Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay till election ruling’

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Jammeh has urged Gambians to await the Supreme Court decision Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May. In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at […]

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Aid agencies ‘wasting funds’

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Aid agencies ‘wasting funds’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many children in the north-east are at risk from starvation, the UN has warned Most aid groups operating in Nigeria’s north-east are wasting funds meant to help victims of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, a state governor has said. Only eight of 126 registered agencies in Borno state were there […]

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Morocco has not made any official announcement on the policy Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports. Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock, the reports stated. There was no […]