Saudi Arabia detains seven activists ahead of lifting of driving ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saudi Arabia is due to lift its ban on women driving next month Saudi authorities have arrested seven women’s rights advocates, weeks before the kingdom is to lift its ban on women driving, rights groups say. The reasons for the arrests were not clear, but activists say authorities are attempting […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Suspected cases are being treated at isolation hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. It said there was a “strong reason to believe that the outbreak can […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO holds crisis talk as cases spread

Image copyright AFP Image caption Suspected cases are being treated at isolation hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo The World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the risk of Ebola spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo. A panel will decide on Friday whether to declare a “public health […]

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on fighting corruption

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The African athletes ‘missing’ in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is one of missing Cameroon athletes It has been just over a month since several athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Australia disappeared. The first to be reported missing were eight teammates from the Cameroon delegation. However the estimated number is now between 20 and 100. […]

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward’s boots become museum exhibit

Salah’s boots will be displayed among statues of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient artifacts Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will be honoured with his own exhibit in the British Museum’s Egyptian collection. The Egypt international has impressed this season, winning the Premier League golden boot with a record 32 goals. His boots will go on display in […]

Israel’s Gaza response ‘wholly disproportionate’ – UN rights chief

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israel and the Palestinians have blamed each other for the deaths The UN human rights chief says Israel used “wholly disproportionate” force against Palestinian border protests which have left over 100 people dead. Zeid Raad Al Hussein told a meeting in Geneva that Gazans were effectively “caged in a toxic […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO in emergency talks as cases spread

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Suspected cases are being treated at isolation hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo The World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the risk of Ebola spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo. A panel will decide on Friday whether to declare a “public health […]

Nigerian students ‘tied to cross and whipped’ for being late

Image copyright Punch Newspapers Image caption A police spokesman described the punishment as “a barbaric act” Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside. The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled […]

Burundi votes on longer presidential terms

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Nkurunziza has been president since 2005 Burundi goes to the polls on 17 May to vote in a constitutional referendum, which could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule to 2034. Here’s why the vote has become a contentious issue: Who is President Nkurunziza? He is a former rebel leader who […]