German tourist shot dead in Ethiopia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Erta Ale volcano is popular with tourists A German tourist has been shot dead and a guide injured during a visit to a volcano in north-eastern Ethiopia. They were part of a group which had travelled to the Erta Ale volcano. It is not known who carried out the […]

Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Media captionThe diamond has fetched $6.5m A giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m (£4.8m). Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, won the precious stone – nicknamed the “peace diamond” – in bidding on Monday. Half of the proceeds, $3.8m, will be used to fund infrastructure […]

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect

Image copyright AFP Image caption A woman wears a US flag for a headscarf as she participates in the #NoMuslimBanEver rally in Los Angeles in October The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go fully into effect. But the directive against travellers from Chad, Iran, […]

Nigeria’s #ENDSARS campaign at police brutality video

Image copyright Nigerian Police Force Image caption A petition has been launched to disband the Anti-Robbery Squad SARS Nigeria’s police chief has ordered an immediate re-organisation of the anti-robbery unit after a social media outcry over alleged police brutality. The campaign began when footage was shared allegedly showing the aftermath of the police killing of […]

Nelson Mandela funeral: ‘Millions misspent’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Four years have passed since South African hero Nelson Mandela died South Africa’s corruption watchdog has found officials misused millions of dollars during Nelson Mandela’s funeral four years ago. According to the report, 300m rand ($22m; £16m) was redirected from a development fund to help with costs. It had been […]

Former Egyptian PM gives TV interview, denying he was kidnapped

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ahmed Shafiq’s family said they were concerned over his wherabouts The former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has given a phone interview on live TV, denying reports that he was kidnapped. Mr Shafiq’s family had voiced fears of foul play, saying they were unable to contact him after he landed […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition welcomes Saleh talks offer

Image copyright STRINGER Image caption Grainy images showed Houthi rebels under fire from Mr Saleh’s forces in Sanaa on Saturday The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has welcomed an offer of talks by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh whose forces have been fighting against it. A coalition statement said the decision to “take the lead and […]

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa replaces ministers after outcry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Zimbabweans saw President Mnangagwa’s cabinet as a betrayal of his promises Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has replaced two ministers, two days after announcing his cabinet. Critics said the original line-up showed Mr Mnangagwa had no plans to bring real change to the country despite hailing a “new democracy”. […]

Egyptian lawyer jailed for saying women in ripped jeans should be raped

Image caption Nabih al-Wahsh has previously denied the Holocaust An Egyptian lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison for saying that women who wear ripped jeans should be raped in punishment. Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative, was also fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds (£839; $1,130). The lawyer made the remarks on a TV panel […]

UAE ‘deports’ Egypt presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq

Image copyright EPA Image caption An arrest warrant was issued for Ahmed Shafiq after he lost the 2012 election Egyptian ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has been deported from the UAE, reports say, days after saying he wanted to run in the 2018 presidential poll. A source close to Mr Shafiq’s family told Reuters he had […]