Oscar Pistorius hurt in prison fight in South Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Oscar Pistorius (left in 2016) was found guilty of his girlfriend’s murder in 2015 Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. The disgraced Paralympian was allegedly […]

South Sudan clashes ‘kill 170’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Previous clashes in South Sudan have been over issues like cattle More than 170 people have died in the last week in clashes between two sub-clans in South Sudan, an MP has said. The violence in the Western Lakes region has also seen more than 200 people injured, local MP […]

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017. Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star won ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal […]

Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Magufuli pardoned prisoners in his independence day speech Children’s rights activists have condemned the pardon of two child rapists by the Tanzanian president. Kate McAlpine, director of the Arusha-based Community for Children Rights, told the BBC she was “horrified but unsurprised”. John Magufuli made the pardon in his independence […]

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Venezuelans look for their names on electoral rolls before voting in Sunday’s mayoral polls Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest […]

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudanese women risk arrest if their clothes are deemed provocative by police. File image Charges of indecency have been dropped against 24 women who were caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The gathering was raided by morality police on Wednesday. If convicted, the women […]

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops face attacks from several militia groups in North Kivu At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of […]

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an official audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out […]

Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacob Zuma became South Africa’s president three years after he was acquitted of rape A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa’s governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was telling the truth. […]

The luxurious ghost airport in one of the world’s poorest countries

In Mozambique, a $200m airport was meant to be the second busiest in the country. But three years after it opened it is operating at only 4% of its capacity. Nacalas International Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazilian contractor Odebrecht. The company was responsible for the airport’s construction, and […]