Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Image copyright AP Image caption Pastor Evan Mawarire used the Zimbabwe flag to rally for change A Zimbabwean pastor who criticised his government has been detained after flying back to the country. Evan Mawarire, who left the country last year in fear for his life, was arrested at Harare International Airport. The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka […]

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tshisekedi was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders DR Congo’s main opposition leader has died in Brussels aged 84, reports say. Etienne Tshisekedi, one of the country’s most important advocates of democracy, was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders. The party he helped found in 1982, the […]

Nigerian patient runs up £330,000 bill

Nigerian patient runs up £330,000 bill

Image caption Priscilla was taken ill on a flight from America to Nigeria and woke up in St Mary’s hospital A Nigerian woman has run up a £330,000 bill for NHS treatment after she gave birth prematurely to quadruplets in a London hospital. The woman was taken ill on a flight from the US to […]

South African ‘shambles’ claims lives of 93 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

South African ‘shambles’ claims lives of 93 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

Image caption The investigation was prompted by complaints from families searching for their relatives Nearly 100 mentally ill patients have died of starvation, dehydration and diarrhoea at care centres in South Africa, the health ombudsman has said. The deaths occurred between March and December 2016 following a “reckless” attempt by the government to save money, […]

African Union backs mass withdrawal from ICC

African Union backs mass withdrawal from ICC

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Africa has 34 signatories to the Rome Statute, the treaty that set up the court The African Union has called for the mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, the resolution is non-binding, with Nigeria and Senegal opposing a withdrawal. South Africa and Burundi […]

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as nominee for Supreme Court

Media captionDonald Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as US Supreme Court nominee President Donald Trump has nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old would replace the vacancy left on the court by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The upper chamber’s Democratic leader has […]

Marine Le Pen: Deadline passes for National Front leader to repay EU funds

Marine Le Pen: Deadline passes for National Front leader to repay EU funds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Marine Le Pen denies any wrongdoing A European Parliament deadline for France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen to return more than €300,000(£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has passed. The presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no intention of doing so. The […]

Amnesty: Philippine police ‘planned’ drug war killings

Amnesty: Philippine police ‘planned’ drug war killings

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 7,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs since July Amnesty International has accused the Philippine police of “systematically planning” extrajudicial killings in the controversial war against drugs. The rights group also said in a report that the killings may constitute “crimes against humanity”. More than […]

Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel joins Afriforum

Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel joins Afriforum

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gerrie Nel: Gained reputation as a ruthless and merciless prosecutor The South African lawyer who led the prosecution of Oscar Pistorius has quit to join a lobby group, accusing the state office of selective prosecution. Gerrie Nel has joined AfriForum, a group fighting private prosecution that also aims to protect […]

Turkey ordered to free Rwanda genocide judge

Turkey ordered to free Rwanda genocide judge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Judge Aydin Sefa Akay is meant to be reviewing the case of convicted former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware (right) A UN legal body has ordered that Turkey release a judge detained in the aftermath of last year’s failed coup attempt. Aydin Sefa Akay is part of a panel of UN […]