Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah becomes the third Egyptian to win the BBC award Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017. Following a record number of votes, the Liverpool star won ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy […]

Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Magufuli pardoned prisoners in his independence day speech Children’s rights activists have condemned the pardon of two child rapists by the Tanzanian president. Kate McAlpine, director of the Arusha-based Community for Children Rights, told the BBC she was “horrified but unsurprised”. John Magufuli made the pardon in his independence […]

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudanese women risk arrest if their clothes are deemed provocative by police. File image Charges of indecency have been dropped against 24 women who were caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The gathering was raided by morality police on Wednesday. If convicted, the women […]

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi pro-government forces as they captured Rawa from IS last month Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained the last […]

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops face attacks from several militia groups in North Kivu At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of […]

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an official audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out […]

The luxurious ghost airport in one of the world’s poorest countries

In Mozambique, a $200m airport was meant to be the second busiest in the country. But three years after it opened it is operating at only 4% of its capacity. Nacalas International Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazilian contractor Odebrecht. The company was responsible for the airport’s construction, and […]

Jerusalem: West Bank clashes over Trump move

Jerusalem: West Bank clashes over Trump move

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There have been violent confrontations between troops and protesters in Bethlehem Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have clashed with Palestinians protesting against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Demonstrators in Bethlehem threw stones and troops fired tear gas. There are unconfirmed reports of injuries. Tensions are […]

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

Media captionFootage captures the moment a motorist risked his life to rescue a wild animal amid California wildfires Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego on Thursday after a new blaze spread from 10 […]

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption The Tomioka Hachimangu shrine is famous for a summer festival in August An attack believed to have been sparked by a succession feud has left three people dead at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The chief priestess was stabbed to death, reportedly by her brother. A bloodied Samurai sword […]

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