Burkina Faso: Prime Minister and cabinet resign from office

Burkina Faso: Prime Minister and cabinet resign from office

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Thieba has been under pressure over a surge in militancy The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Paul Kaba Thieba, has resigned from office along with his entire cabinet. No reason was given for the move, which was announced in a televised statement by the country’s president. Mr […]

Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown

Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of people have been arrested during the crackdown this week Zimbabwe has blocked Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp messaging app amid a crackdown on days of violent protests. A coalition of local human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed and many more beaten and tortured by […]

Trump hits back at Buzzfeed report he ‘instructed lawyer to lie’

Trump hits back at Buzzfeed report he ‘instructed lawyer to lie’

Media captionHow the jailing of Cohen affects Trump US President Donald Trump has hit back over a news report that he directed his then personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress. Buzzfeed News said Mr Trump had instructed Cohen to lie about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen was convicted over […]

Sudan protests: Doctor and teen ‘shot dead’ during clashes

Sudan protests: Doctor and teen ‘shot dead’ during clashes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The anti-government protests have now stretched into their fifth week A doctor and a 16-year-old have been killed in Sudan amid demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir. Both were shot in the head by state forces who were firing directly on demonstrators, a member of the Sudan Doctors Syndicate told the […]

African Union urges DR Congo to delay final election results

African Union urges DR Congo to delay final election results

Media captionJoy and dismay at DR Congo election results The African Union (AU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to postpone the announcement of its presidential election results. The pan-African organisation, which aims to promote unity and democracy, says it has “serious doubts” about provisional results released last week. Those figures […]

Ahmed Hussein-Suale: Ghana journalist shot dead

Ahmed Hussein-Suale: Ghana journalist shot dead

Media captionAhmed Hussein-Suale investigated corruption in Ghanaian football A Ghanaian undercover journalist has been shot dead as he drove home, after a politician called for retribution against him. Local media reports say unidentified men on motorbikes shot Ahmed Hussein-Suale three times in the capital Accra. He was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations and […]

Kenya attack: Nine arrests over bloody DusitD2 hotel siege

Media captionNairobi Dusit hotel attack: explosions, gunfire and rescue operation Nine people have been arrested in Kenya following an attack on a luxury hotel compound in the capital Nairobi that killed at least 21 people. All five militants who stormed the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday have been killed, officials say, and a […]

UK groups fund illegal orphanages in Africa

UK groups fund illegal orphanages in Africa

Image caption One orphanage was sponsored by donors through Manchester-based builder Patrick Oldham At least 60 illegal orphanages and children’s homes in Uganda are being funded by UK charities, church groups and volunteers, the BBC has discovered. The Ugandan government recently announced a programme to close down more than 500 unlicensed orphanages in the country. […]

Laurent Gbagbo: Last-ditch appeal keeps Ivory Coast ex-president behind bars

Laurent Gbagbo: Last-ditch appeal keeps Ivory Coast ex-president behind bars

Image copyright EPA Image caption Laurent Gbagbo was acquitted on charges of crimes against humanity on Tuesday Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will stay behind bars after prosecutors appealed against his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague acquitted him on Tuesday and ordered his immediate […]

World’s coffee under threat, say experts

World’s coffee under threat, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We drink two coffees out of more than 100 types growing naturally The first full assessment of risks to the world’s coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two […]

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