Abiy Ahmed: Protesting Ethiopian soldiers wanted to kill me

Image copyright Walta TV Image caption The prime minister ordered the protesting soldiers to do press-ups to defuse the tension Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that some of the soldiers who entered the grounds of his office last week had wanted to kill him. At the time, he defused the situation by ordering […]

Central African Republic’s singing survivor: Why a grenade can’t stop our music

Image copyright Adrienne Surprenant Emmanuel Ngallos and his band sing for peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) because they came under attack at a concert last year, writes Brenna Daldorph. “I’m the only survivor who actually saw the grenade,” says Ngallos, who was on keyboards at the time looking out at the excited crowd […]

Codeine syrup addiction: Nigerian arrested after BBC expose

Image caption Chukwunonye Madubuike had been on the run since he appeared in the BBC documentary in May A former Nigerian pharmaceuticals executive who was implicated in a BBC investigation into the illegal sale of addictive opioids has been arrested. Chukwunonye Madubuike was detained west of Lagos, close to the border with Benin, police said. […]

Kenyan schoolgirl Angel overcomes bullies to pursue dream of music career

Angel Wanjiru was born with a congenital disorder called hydrocephalus, which means she has a bigger head than other people. But she’s overcome bullies and health problems and is now pursuing her dream of becoming a musician. At just 14, she’s produced her first album. Christine Njeri from BBC What’s New? went to meet her. […]

Crimea attack: College shooting kills 19

Image copyright PA Image caption Russia has said the attack was an act of “mass murder” At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. An 18-year-old student ran through the technical college in Kerch firing at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian investigators […]

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish police search Saudi consul’s residence

Image copyright EPA Image caption The investigation team included prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls Turkish investigators have entered the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul to gather more evidence about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials suspect the Saudi journalist was killed during a visit to the nearby consulate on 2 […]

SA drum majorette portraits win photo prize

Image copyright Alice Mann Alice Mann has been named the winner of this year’s Taylor Wessing Prize for her portraits of an all-female team of South African drum majorettes. It’s the first time in the competition’s history a series of pictures rather than an individual photograph has won. The £15,000 prize was awarded to Mann […]

Nigeria midwife murders: Brutal IS tactics rekindle new fears

Image copyright ICRC/EPA Image caption Hauwa Liman’s colleagues say she was “truly dedicated to her work helping vulnerable women” The execution-style killings of two Muslim midwives in north-eastern Nigeria have raised fears that the Islamist insurgency is far from over. The Islamic State (IS) group and the political tensions ahead of elections in Africa’s most-populous […]

Ethiopia’s Abiy gives half of ministerial posts to women

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aisha Mohammed was construction minister before becoming Ethiopia’s first defence minister Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed women to half of his government’s ministerial posts, including the job of defence minister. Explaining his decision in a speech to Parliament, Mr Abiy said women were “less corrupt than men” and […]

Al-Shabab in Somalia: US air strike ‘kills 60 militants’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US says it is committed to eradicating al-Shabab safe havens in Somalia The US military says it believes some 60 al-Shabab militants were killed by one of its air strikes in central Somalia on Friday. The “precision” strike around Harardere did not injure or kill civilians, it added in […]