Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills dozens

Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills dozens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eight-year-old Zahra is among those being treated in hospital A suicide attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, officials say. More than 50 others were injured in the blast which hit a crowd waiting at the entrance to the building. […]

Armenia unrest: Police detain protest leader Nikol Pashinyan

Armenia unrest: Police detain protest leader Nikol Pashinyan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nikol Pashinyan has called on supporters to launch a “velvet revolution” Police in Armenia have detained an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests. Nikol Pashinyan was picked up after Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan cut short a televised meeting between the two. During their three-minute confrontation Mr Pashinyan insisted […]

Mini-Me Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

Mini-Me Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

Image copyright PA Image caption The actor appeared on a number of films and reality TV shows Verne Troyer, who is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49. Troyer, who was 2ft 8in (81cm) tall, also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter film. “It […]

Ten killed in Nicaragua protests over pensions reform

Ten killed in Nicaragua protests over pensions reform

Media captionThe protest against pension changes have escalated over the past three days Ten people have been killed in Nicaragua in three days of clashes between police and opponents of changes to the pension system, officials say. Vice-President Rosario Murillo blamed the violence on “vampires”, but said the government was open to dialogue. It is […]

Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Marsican bear is a critically endangered subspecies of the brown bear A national park in central Italy is investigating the death of a rare brown bear during an operation to capture it. Biologists at the park in the Apennine mountains had trapped the animal to fit him with a […]

Liberia warlord ‘Jungle Jabbah’ jailed for 30 years in the US

Liberia warlord ‘Jungle Jabbah’ jailed for 30 years in the US

Image copyright Chase Walker/Civitas Maxima Image caption A sketch of “Jungle Jabbah”, whose conviction has been lauded as a milestone for global justice A Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the US for lying about his role in his country’s civil war. Mohammed Jabbateh was found […]

Zimbabwe parliament summons Robert Mugabe over diamond theft claim

Zimbabwe parliament summons Robert Mugabe over diamond theft claim

Image copyright AFP Image caption If Robert Mugabe goes before the committee it will be his first public appearance since his resignation Zimbabwe’s parliament has summoned former President Robert Mugabe to give evidence about a claim he made about huge-scale diamond theft. Mr Mugabe accused foreign mining firms of “swindling” and “smuggling” in an interview […]

South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests

South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa has been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home. Clashes have taken place in North West province where protesters are demanding jobs, housing […]

Swaziland king renames country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’

Swaziland king renames country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption King Mswati III, centre, has ruled the country since 1986 There are not many people in the world who are able to change the name of a nation. But King Mswati can – he is one of the world’s few absolute monarchs. King Mswati III of Swaziland announced on Wednesday […]

Commonwealth meeting: Queen hopes Prince Charles will succeed her

Commonwealth meeting: Queen hopes Prince Charles will succeed her

Image copyright PA The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head. She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The role is not hereditary and will […]