South Africa gangs ‘threaten’ rare sea snail existence

South Africa gangs ‘threaten’ rare sea snail existence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Conservationists have called for the species of abalone known as Haliotis midae should be give special protection Poachers linked to South African drug gangs are threatening the existence of a species of abalone, a sea snail that is highly prized by restaurants in China, a new report says. Stocks of […]

Zambia aid: UK suspends funding over corruption fears

Zambia aid: UK suspends funding over corruption fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK government is worried that money meant for poor Zambians is being stolen by corrupt officials The UK has frozen aid funding to Zambia, after its government admitted that $4.3m (£3.3m) meant for poor families had gone missing. The move follows allegations of corruption within President Edgar Lungu’s […]

Saad Lamjarred: France detains Moroccan star over rape charge

Saad Lamjarred: France detains Moroccan star over rape charge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has previously been accused of sexual assault Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred has been detained in France after prosecutors successfully appealed against his bail terms over a rape charge. The 33-year-old was charged on 28 August with the rape of a woman in Saint-Tropez. He had been […]

UK freezes aid to Zambia over corruption concerns

UK freezes aid to Zambia over corruption concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK government is worried that money meant for poor Zambians is being stolen by corrupt officials The UK government has frozen direct financial aid to the Zambian government after concerns about widespread corruption. A Zambian government spokesman admitted to the BBC that $4.3m (£3.3m) meant for poor families […]

South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa’s highest court legalises cannabis use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ruling is a victory for pro-marijuana activists South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges […]

South Africa crime: Can the country be compared to a ‘war zone’?

South Africa crime: Can the country be compared to a ‘war zone’?

Image copyright AFP South Africa’s police minister Bheki Cele has said a surge in murders has turned his country into a place that “borders on a war zone.” “Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse,” he said. Crime statistics released by the government show there were more than 20,000 murders in 2017, a […]

Burkina Faso botched FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital

Burkina Faso botched FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital

Image copyright AFP Image caption FGM has been illegal in Burkina Faso since 1996, and carries a jail term of up to three years Around 50 girls are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after botched circumcisions, or female genital mutilation (FGM), a minister says. Not all girls who underwent the circumcision have been […]

Teodorin Obiang: ‘$16m seized’ from E Guinea leader’s son

Teodorin Obiang: ‘$16m seized’ from E Guinea leader’s son

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Obiang has been known to share his flamboyant lifestyle on social media Authorities in Brazil have seized more than $16m (£12m) worth of cash and luxury watches from a delegation accompanying Teodorin Nguema Obiang, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, local media report. The 48-year-old, known for his lavish taste, is […]

Nigeria floods kill more than 100

Nigeria floods kill more than 100

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents paddle through of Lokoja town in Kogi State More than 100 people have died in floods after Nigeria’s two major rivers burst their banks, authorities say. The National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) says heavy rains caused the Niger River and Benue River to overflow. It has resulted in a […]

Joseph Kiprono Kiptum: Kenyan athlete hit by car during Medellin half marathon

Joseph Kiprono Kiptum: Kenyan athlete hit by car during Medellin half marathon

Joseph Kiprono Kiptum (front centre) previously won the event in Medellin in 2015 Kenyan runner Joseph Kiprono Kiptum was hit by a car as he was leading a half marathon in Colombia. Kiprono, 30, was nearing the finish line in Medellin when he was struck by a vehicle which had apparently ignored a street closure. […]

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