Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Adama Barrow issued the directive within a week of arriving home to take power The Gambia’s new president has scrapped the four-day week introduced by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh. In a statement Adama Barrow said that public sector employees would now have to work a half-day on Fridays too. […]

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for more than 37 years Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor. He told a meeting of the governing MPLA party that Joao Lourenco, the defence minister, […]

Cameroon beat Ghana to reach final

Cameroon beat Ghana to reach final

Slavia Prague’s Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui was on hand to give Cameroon the lead in the 72nd minute Cameroon will face Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final after two second-half strikes saw off Ghana. Both sides had gone close to breaking the deadlock before Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui took advantage of atrocious defending from a free-kick […]

Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader

Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Etienne Tshisekedi was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders Supporters of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s veteran opposition leader, have gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, to express their shock at his death. A prominent opponent of successive leaders, he was due to head a transitional council under […]

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Burkina Faso on penalties to reach final

Afcon 2017: Egypt beat Burkina Faso on penalties to reach final

Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary saved two penalties Egypt reached a record-equalling ninth Africa Cup of Nations final, beating Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary proved Egypt’s hero, saving Bertrand Traore’s spot-kick to secure victory. In normal time Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Egypt when he curled […]

Romania protests grow over corruption decree

Media captionSome protesters in Bucharest threw smoke bombs at police, who responded with tear gas The Romanian capital, Bucharest, has seen one of its largest ever anti-government protests after a decree was passed that could free dozens of officials jailed for corruption. A crowd of at least 150,000 was reported outside government offices late on […]

US defence chief Mattis visiting South Korea and Japan

US defence chief Mattis visiting South Korea and Japan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Mattis flew in to Osan Air Base south of Seoul US defence secretary James Mattis is in South Korea on the first foreign trip by a senior official in the Trump administration. Mr Mattis is expected to use the visit to reassure Seoul of continuing US commitment to security […]

UC Berkeley cancels Breitbart speaker as students protest

UC Berkeley cancels Breitbart speaker as students protest

Image copyright AP Image caption The talk was cancelled after a fire was started on campus The University of California at Berkeley has cancelled a talk by the editor of the right-wing Breitbart News website, Milo Yiannopoulos, after student protests against his visit. Mr Yiannopoulos is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump. Hundreds of […]

Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag pastor Evan Mawarire detained on return

Image copyright AP Image caption Pastor Evan Mawarire used the Zimbabwe flag to rally for change A Zimbabwean pastor who criticised his government has been detained after flying back to the country. Evan Mawarire, who left the country last year in fear for his life, was arrested at Harare International Airport. The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka […]

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies aged 84

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tshisekedi was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders DR Congo’s main opposition leader has died in Brussels aged 84, reports say. Etienne Tshisekedi, one of the country’s most important advocates of democracy, was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders. The party he helped found in 1982, the […]