Dare Not Linger: Mandela’s book sequel launched in South Africa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nelson Mandela (centre) with his wife Winnie following his release from prison in 1990 The new instalment of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg. Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa’s president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his […]

Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

Media captionCongresswoman Frederica Wilson: “How insensitive can you be?” The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action has backed a congresswoman’s claim that President Donald Trump showed insensitivity during a phone call to her son’s widow. Representative Frederica Wilson said he had told Myeshia Johnson: “He knew what he was signing up […]

California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Officials in San Francisco are bracing for the liver disease to spread The death toll from California’s hepatitis A outbreak has reached 19, one week after the state’s governor issued a health state of emergency. More than 500 people in California have contracted the viral disease since November, many […]

Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Sobchak said her candidacy was motivated by her desire to be “a mouthpiece for those who cannot be candidates” Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak is to stand in the country’s presidential election in March, when Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run again. Ms Sobchak conceded she was an unlikely […]

Gunman on loose after five shot in Maryland office

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Radee Labeeb Prince, 37 US police are hunting for an “armed and dangerous” man suspected of shooting five people in Maryland and one person in Delaware on Wednesday morning. The gunman opened fire at around 08:58 (12:58 GMT) at a countertop business about 25 miles (40km) north of the […]

Trump NFL row: NFL won’t make players stand for anthem

Image copyright Reuters The NFL will not force its players to stand during the national anthem despite backlash over recent protests, the league’s commissioner says. Roger Goodell said he would “encourage” players to stand, but would not punish them if they refused to do so. The NFL chief said he was “not looking to get […]

Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roselyn Akombe says it would be “suicidal” for her to think she would be safe A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or […]

Kenya election official resigns, saying poll ‘not credible’

Image copyright BBC World Service Newsday programme Image caption Roselyn Akombe said she did not “feel safe enough to be able to go home” in the foreseeable future A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was […]

Somalia blood appeal after Mogadishu truck bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many of those died in the explosion are unable to be formally identified Somalia is appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people. Information Minister Abdirahman Osman told the BBC the death toll was likely to […]

Somalia attack: 165 unidentified bodies buried

Image copyright AFP Image caption The explosions struck two busy junctions in Mogadishu As many as 165 unidentified bodies have been buried after a massive truck bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. At least 276 people have died and the government news agency Sonna says only 111 of them have been identified. […]