Anger over ‘racist blackface’ in China show

Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up […]

Ethiopia PM Hailemariam Desalegn in surprise resignation

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn had been Ethiopia’s prime minister since 2012 The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned unexpectedly in an effort to end years of unrest and political upheaval. In a televised address, he said his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would […]

Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Media captionCheers and song as Ramaphosa elected South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president. MPs from the ruling African National Congress broke into song at […]

Cyril Ramaphosa due to become South Africa’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa, left, was the deputy president to Jacob Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa’s president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC party, which told him to step down or face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. […]

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party

Media captionMr Zuma said he was resigning “with immediate effect” South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The ANC had told him to step down or […]

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma resigns

Media captionIn a televised speech, South African President Jacob Zuma said he would resign “with immediate effect” South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to step […]

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Image copyright AFP Image caption Morgan Tsvangirai took part in a long political battle against Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. “He died this evening. […]

DR Congo President Kabila’s motorcade in deadly crash

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Kabila reportedly stayed to help the injured Five people have been killed following an accident involving a cement truck and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential motorcade. The three soldiers and two civilians died as President Joseph Kabila was returning to the capital, Kinshasa. Another 11 people were injured, […]

South Africa’s Zuma: I’ve done nothing wrong

Media captionSouth Africa’s president Jacob Zuma: ‘They never provided a reason’ South Africa’s scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma says he has done nothing wrong – and sees no reason to stand down immediately. Mr Zuma spoke after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced it would back a vote of no confidence in his leadership on […]

South Africa Zuma: Controversial Gupta family home raided by police

Image copyright EPA Image caption The family’s walled Johannesburg compound was subject to an early morning search by elite police Two people have been arrested in a raid on the home of the controversial Gupta family in South Africa as part of a government influencing investigation. The wealthy India-born Gupta family have been accused of […]