Rwanda President Paul Kagame critical of foreign meddling

Image copyright AFP Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has thanked the people for re-electing him for a third term and criticised attempts to interfere in the country’s politics. He was speaking soon after taking the oath of office at the Amahoro National Stadium in the capital, Kigali. The ceremony was attended by dozens of African leaders […]

Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image caption The graves were prepared at Waterloo, 30km from Freetown A mass burial for about 300 people killed by a mudslide and flooding has taken place on the outskirts of the capital Freetown. President Ernest Bai Koroma attended a multi-faith memorial service at the burial site in the city of Waterloo. Some 600 people […]

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe, the police minister has said. She is accused of hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with an extension cord in […]

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas

Media captionEyewitness Aamer Anwar: “Families were screaming for their children” At least 13 people have died and 50 were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, police and local officials say. The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover. Police […]

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Media captionPeople are angry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from outside Freetown’s mortuary Mass burials are being held on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding. President Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to join Christian and Muslim religious leaders for a […]

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahdi expressed remorse during his trial An Islamist militant who is serving a prison sentence for destroying ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu has been found liable for nearly 3m euros in damages. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years last September by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He admitted leading […]

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN says that 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children The number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan to Uganda has passed the one million mark, the UN says. The organisation is appealing to the international community for “urgent additional support”. It […]

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives have been waiting to identify bodies Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to […]

South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee landmark

More than one million South Sudanese refugees have now fled into Uganda to escape the conflict, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Slam poet Emi Mahmoud, whose family were forced to leave Sudan when she was a child, performs a poem reflecting on the landmark. South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee […]

Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville

Media captionDoes Trump react to some hate crimes faster than others? Former Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have called on the US to “reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms”. They are the latest Republican figures to weigh in on the backlash to Donald Trump’s latest remarks blaming “both sides” […]