Western Sahara welcomes Morocco’s African Union membership

Western Sahara welcomes Morocco’s African Union membership

Image copyright AFP Western Sahara has welcomed Morocco’s readmission to the African Union, 32 years after members refused to withdraw support for the territory’s independence. It was a “good opportunity” and “a chance to work together,” a top Western Sahara official told the BBC. Morocco controls two-thirds of Western Sahara and sees it as part […]

Baby chimp rescued from Ivory Coast traffickers’ ring

A secret network of wildlife traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed by a year-long BBC News investigation. The animals are seized from the wild and sold as pets. A raid on premises in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city, led to the rescue of a young chimp who is now in the care of the […]

Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK

Malaria drugs fail for first time on patients in UK

Image copyright Spl Image caption The patients had caught malaria when visiting Africa A key malaria treatment has failed for the first time in patients being treated in the UK, doctors say. The drug combination was unable to cure four patients, who had all visited Africa, in early signs the parasite is evolving resistance. A […]

Morocco to rejoin African Union despite Western Sahara dispute

Media captionForty years in a refugee camp Morocco has been readmitted as a member of the African Union (AU) after months of intense lobbying. Morocco left the organisation in 1984, after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara, regarded by Morocco as part of its historic territory. It was the only country in Africa that […]

Benin anti-voodoo sect members die of asphyxiation

Benin anti-voodoo sect members die of asphyxiation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several sect members have been taken to hospital Five members of a Benin religious sect have died of asphyxiation after they were reportedly told to burn incense and charcoal in locked prayer rooms as they waited for the world to end. Several people were taken to hospital after the weekend […]

Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat wins African Union’s top job

Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat wins African Union’s top job

Image copyright AFP African Union (AU) leaders have chosen Chad’s candidate as the next head of the AU commission. Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat beat Kenya’s top diplomat Amina Mohamed. The race is usually settled behind the scenes before the vote but this went to seven rounds of voting. Outgoing commissioner, South Africa’s Nkosazana […]

Kenyan couple hailed online for frugal $1 wedding

Kenyan couple hailed online for frugal $1 wedding

Image caption Wilson Mutura and his bride Ann opted to have a low-key wedding ceremony in Nairobi without cakes, flowers or decorations A Kenyan couple unable to afford the expense of a wedding have earned plaudits on social media for pursuing “a budget option $1 ceremony” which they attended wearing casual clothes. Wilson and Ann […]

Baba Masaba: Nigerian man with 86 wives dies aged 93

Baba Masaba: Nigerian man with 86 wives dies aged 93

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women sought out Baba Masaba believing he could heal cure their illnesses A former Muslim preacher in Nigeria who had at least 86 wives has died aged 93. Mohammed Bello Abubakar, known as Baba Masaba, died at his home in central Niger state on Saturday after an undisclosed illness. […]

Ayew brothers fire Ghana into semis

Ayew brothers fire Ghana into semis

Ghana’s Jordan Ayew leads his team’s celebrations against DR Congo Ghana’s Ayew brothers grabbed a goal each to beat DR Congo 2-1 and put the Black Stars through to the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew opened the scoring on 62 minutes, curling the ball past Ley Matampi in the Leopards goal. […]

Egypt seal semi spot with late winner

Egypt seal semi spot with late winner

Egypt are the most successful side in the competition’s history with seven titles Egypt knocked out Morocco to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals as substitute Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim prodded home a dramatic 87th-minute winner. Mohammed Salah had twice been denied by Munir Mohamedi, but prior to the goal Morocco missed a host of good […]