Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations

Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN mission in CAR has been plagued by allegations of sexual abuse Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says. A review of the Congolese deployment pointed to “systemic problems”, a statement […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Nato fighter jet – seen here in the background – was forced to fly away from the ministerial plane, Russian media say A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

‘Criminal hand’ started Portugal fires – fire chief

‘Criminal hand’ started Portugal fires – fire chief

Image copyright EPA Image caption Water-bombing planes from Portugal and neighbouring countries have been trying to finally extinguish the fires burning since Saturday A “criminal hand” may have been behind the deadly wildfires that have raged through central Portugal, a firefighting leader has said. Jaime Marta Soares said he believed the lightning strike blamed for […]

South Sudan no longer in famine

South Sudan no longer in famine

Image copyright ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN Image caption There has been an increase in humanitarian assistance since famine was declares in February South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report says 1.7 million people are still […]

Angolan capital ‘most expensive city for expats’

Angolan capital ‘most expensive city for expats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption A political protest in June by supporters of the opposition UNITA movement in Luanda Luanda, the capital of Angola, has regained top spot as the world’s most expensive city for expats, pushing Hong Kong back into second place. The claim is made in the 23rd annual cost-of-living survey carried out […]

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by the Reuters news agency, is […]

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Image caption Abas Abdullahi Siraji was Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Abas Abdullahi Siraji was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook […]

Mali attack: Two EU staff killed at tourist resort

Mali attack: Two EU staff killed at tourist resort

Media captionA fire burns in the forest surrounding the resort Two EU staff were killed when gunmen stormed a tourist resort in Mali on Sunday, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief has said. One victim was a Portuguese soldier while the other was a Malian woman, Federica Mogherini added. Mali’s security minister said on Sunday that […]