South Africa student fights to keep thesis during robbery

South Africa student fights to keep thesis during robbery

Media captionMs Ntusi was attacked as she returned from work The prospect of losing the only copy of her master’s thesis during a robbery was just too much for one South African student to bear. Noxolo Ntusi, 26, grappled with armed attackers to hold on to it during the incident in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “There’s […]

Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Kenyatta had dared the opposition to skip the opening of parliament Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win. They say that parliament should not have been convened […]

Bell Pottinger collapses after South African scandal

Bell Pottinger collapses after South African scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bell Pottinger is based in Holborn, central London Bell Pottinger has collapsed into administration in the UK after running a racially charged PR campaign in South Africa. The troubled public relations firm put itself up for sale last week, but could not find a buyer. The administrators BDO said the […]

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron flew by helicopter to the worst-hit French islands European countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge “airlift” […]

Myanmar crisis: Bangladesh PM in Rohingya plea

Myanmar crisis: Bangladesh PM in Rohingya plea

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border to Bangladesh Bangladesh’s prime minister has urged Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Speaking as she visited a refugee camp, Sheikh Hasina urged Myanmar to view the situation with […]

Hope Hicks named White House Communications Director

Hope Hicks named White House Communications Director

Image copyright EPA Twenty-eight-year-old interim White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will serve in the role on a permanent basis, US media report. The longtime Trump aide is the fourth person to fill the role, replacing Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired in July after just 10 days on the job. Ms Hicks has served as […]

North Korea threatens US with ‘greatest pain’ after UN sanctions

North Korea threatens US with ‘greatest pain’ after UN sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea says it has developed and tested a hydrogen bomb North Korea has threatened the United States with the “greatest pain” it has ever suffered following new sanctions imposed by the United Nations. Pyongyang’s envoy to the UN accused Washington of opting for “political, economic and military confrontation”. […]

South Africa’s Motlanthe: ‘Good if ANC loses power’

South Africa’s Motlanthe: ‘Good if ANC loses power’

Media captionKgalema Motlanthe: It will require courage to renew the ANC It will be good for South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to lose the 2019 election, ex-President Kgalema Motlanthe has said. The party has become “associated” with corruption, and it has to lose for the “penny to drop”, he told the BBC. Mr […]

Am I American yet?

After winning the US green card lottery, Abdi Iftin arrived in America full of optimism about starting a new life. Three years on, what does Abdi make of his his adopted homeland? Video by Nadeem Shad. Listen to more on Abdi’s journey in the Crossing Continents radio documentary, Abdi in America Am I American yet?

IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’

IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors […]