UN refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

UN refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrians fleeing conflict account for 12 million of the world’s displaced people A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to […]

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of displaced people rely on food aid in Nigeria Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for […]

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Media captionA fire burns in the forest surrounding the resort Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released,” Salif Traore told AFP. “Unfortunately for the moment there […]

The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote is held in Abidjan

The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote is held in Abidjan

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Ivorian football star Cheick Tiote during his funeral ceremony in Abidjan. The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote was held in Abidjan on Sunday following his sudden death in China earlier this month. Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. The former Newcastle […]

Portugal forest fires: Three days of mourning for 61 victims

Portugal forest fires: Three days of mourning for 61 victims

Media captionResidents watch on as their homes blaze in Pedrogao Grande Portugal has declared three days of mourning for the 61 victims of one of the country’s deadliest forest fires. Four children are among the victims, many of whom were found dead inside their cars as they tried to flee the central forested region of […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

Media captionIraqi federal police engaged in fierce gun battles There have been intense clashes on the first day of an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces and federal police advancing from the west and south were met with mortar fire and car […]

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Image copyright Beyonce/Instagram Image caption Beyonce announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post in February American pop star Beyonce has given birth to twins, according to media in the US. Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People magazines confirmed the news, but the date of birth and gender of the babies are not yet publicly known. […]

Trio charged with $300,000 avocado theft

Trio charged with $300,000 avocado theft

Image copyright PA Image caption Avocado appreciation is booming internationally Few foodstuffs arouse passions like the humble avocado. Depending who you ask, the gnarly green fruit is the vitamin-laden hero of brunch – or the reason millennials can’t buy houses. Back in May, a surge in global demand sent avocado prices to a record high. […]

Turbulence on Paris-China flight injures 26

Turbulence on Paris-China flight injures 26

Image copyright EPA Image caption The latest incident comes a week after a hole was found in the engine of this China Eastern Airlines plane At least 26 people were injured, four seriously, when turbulence hit a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris on Sunday, state media reports. The turbulence struck as flight MU774 was […]

Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Media captionA former guest star on the Bill Cosby show, Lili Bernard, called Cosby “a lying coward” A US judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days. The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision after some 53 hours […]