Lavrov says Russia will ‘respond harshly’ to ‘damaging’ sanctions

Lavrov says Russia will ‘respond harshly’ to ‘damaging’ sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Lavrov made the comments at a student event in Moscow on Friday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said his country will “respond harshly to things that will damage us” after the US ordered fresh sanctions. Russia had been told they must close their San Francisco consulate, and annexes […]

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Media captionKenya opposition stronghold celebrates at the decision Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said members of […]

President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane denies alleged corruption

President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane denies alleged corruption

Media captionMilton Nkosi interviews Duduzane Zuma, the South African president’s son The son of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has denied involvement in alleged corruption despite his links with controversial businessmen. Duduzane Zuma told the BBC there was “nothing untoward” about his business partnership with the Gupta family. Leaked emails about links between President Zuma’s […]

Catholic Bishop protects 2,000 Muslim refugees in CAR

Catholic Bishop protects 2,000 Muslim refugees in CAR

Image copyright Catholic Bishop of Bangassou, Juan José Aguirre Mu Image caption An armed Christian militia is camped outside the seminary A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has given refuge to 2,000 Muslims who are living in fear of attacks from a mainly Christian militia. Juan José Aguirre Munoz says that the […]

Priti Patel announces reduced UK aid to Nigeria

Priti Patel announces reduced UK aid to Nigeria

Image copyright Reuters Image caption UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced £200m aid to Nigeria over the next four years Britain is to halve the amount of money it gives in humanitarian aid to Nigeria over the next few years, says the international development minister. The aid worth £200m ($258m) over the next fours […]

Libya trial for Manchester bomber’s brother

Libya trial for Manchester bomber’s brother

Image copyright Libyan Interior Ministry Image caption Libya’s interior ministry issued this photo of Hashem Abedi in May Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, will be tried in Libya over his suspected role in the attack, the BBC has been told. The 20-year-old was arrested in Libya shortly after the suicide […]

Manchester bomber’s brother faces trial in Libya

Manchester bomber’s brother faces trial in Libya

Image copyright Libyan Interior Ministry Image caption Libya’s interior ministry issued this photo of Hashem Abedi in May Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, will be tried in Libya over his suspected role in the attack, the BBC has been told. The 20-year-old was arrested in Libya shortly after the suicide […]

Houston floods: ‘Worst not yet over,’ says Texas governor

Houston floods: ‘Worst not yet over,’ says Texas governor

Media captionThe numbers behind Storm Harvey Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said “the worst is not yet over” for the south-east of the US state, after devastating Tropical Storm Harvey. Rain continues to fall, he said, and flooding in certain areas may last another week. More than 20 people are reported dead and large parts […]

Pentagon raises Afghanistan troop estimate to 11,000

Pentagon raises Afghanistan troop estimate to 11,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump has committed to stepping up US engagement in Afghanistan. The Pentagon says there are about 11,000 US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan – a significantly higher number than was previously disclosed. Officials say the new tally includes temporary and covert units as well as regular forces. It […]

Brazil court blocks Amazon mining decree

Brazil court blocks Amazon mining decree

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The reserve was created in 1984 by the then-military government A Brazilian court has suspended a government decree that would open up a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. The area covers 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles) and is thought to be rich in gold, […]