IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

Image copyright Amaq/Twitter Image caption IS has defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group’s recent losses, according to a United Nations report. The report says that while many fighters, planners and commanders have been killed, some IS members […]

Liverpool refers Mo Salah to police

Media captionVideo apparently shows Mo Salah using a phone while driving Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been referred to the police by his club after he was apparently filmed using a mobile phone while driving. Merseyside Police confirmed in a tweet that the video had been passed to the “relevant department”. A spokesman for the […]

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa’s monkeys and apes?

Image copyright Getty Images Endangered monkeys and apes will almost certainly face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in the palm oil industry. That is the message of a study looking at how large-scale expansion of the oil crop in Africa might affect the continent’s rich diversity of wildlife. Most areas suitable for […]

Kenya fraud charges over Chinese-funded $3bn railway

Image copyright EPA Image caption The new railway links the capital Nairobi to Mombasa port Two senior Kenyan government officials have been charged in court with fraud over the building of a $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded railway line. The two are accused of paying more than $2m in compensation to private firms which falsely claimed to […]

BBC crew mistaken for ritual killers in Malawi

BBC journalists investigating a series of mysterious murders in Malawi have narrowly escaped death. The team were working undercover to expose men who claim to suck the blood of children to make get-rich amulets when they were attacked by a crowd of furious villagers. Investigation by: Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Henry Mhango and Darius Bazargan BBC […]

Turkey accuses US of ‘stab in back’ as currency woes persist

Image copyright Reuters Moves to ease Turkey’s economic woes have failed to stop market turmoil as the country’s row with the US deepens. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Monday that the US was seeking to “stab it in the back”. The US last week imposed sanctions on Turkey over its refusal to extradite […]

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

Image caption China says it is fighting separatism and Islamist militants in Xinjiang China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”. Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education”, officials admitted. The rare admission from Beijing […]

Aretha Franklin said to be ‘seriously ill’

Image caption The star’s albums include Lady Soul and I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill”, according to a person close to the veteran soul singer. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Associated Press that Franklin was gravely unwell. The 76-year-old cancelled […]

Hippo bite kills Taiwan tourist in Kenya

Image copyright AFP Image caption A hippo in a Colombian zoo. The teeth are sharp and the animal is aggressive A Taiwanese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake […]

Letter from Africa: Heroes and villains of Nigeria’s parliament siege

Image copyright Reuters In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says scenes resembling a coup in her country have left many scratching their heads. Nigerians still can’t say for sure why armed, masked men held our country’s parliament under siege last week. But the alarming incident had a […]