Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bobi Wine beat candidates from the main political parties in last year’s by-election to become an MP Ugandan Afrobeats musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has been severely beaten by the security forces and is unable to walk or talk, his lawyers say. The opposition MP has appeared at a military court in […]

Australia lake killings: Mother granted reduced jail sentence

Australia lake killings: Mother granted reduced jail sentence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akon Guode (L) after her children’s funeral in April 2015 A woman who killed three of her children by deliberately driving them into a lake in Australia has had her jail sentence reduced on appeal. Akon Guode was convicted last year of killing Bol, one, and twins Hanger and […]

Sudan boat accident: 24 schoolchildren die near River Nile

Sudan boat accident: 24 schoolchildren die near River Nile

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boat capsized around 750km north of the capital Khartoum At least 24 children on their way to school and a health worker have drowned when their boat sank in northern Sudan. More than 40 children were on the boat, whose engine failed in a strong current as it […]

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead says de-horning a rhino, akin to cutting fingernails, protects it from poachers A police informant has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it […]

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Image copyright Duru Azubuike/Duru Studios Image caption Yinka Oladiran says landlords expect a woman to be accompanied by a man Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments. A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend’s […]

Italy bridge: Rescuers search for survivors in Genoa

Italy bridge: Rescuers search for survivors in Genoa

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Floodlights guided the search overnight Rescuers in the northwest Italian city of Genoa continue to search for possible survivors after the dramatic collapse of a motorway bridge. Police say at least 26 people were killed and 15 badly hurt, when dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft). Reports say cries can […]

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Donald Wuerl sent a letter to Pennsylvania priests warning them of “profoundly disturbing” details in the report The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen. The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans […]

Israel to reopen Gaza cargo crossing if calm holds

Israel to reopen Gaza cargo crossing if calm holds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kerem Shalom is the main lifeline for the 2 million people living in Gaza Israel’s defence minister has announced it will reopen the main cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday if the relative calm of recent days continues. Avigdor Lieberman also said the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast […]

Illinois sues Trump Tower over Chicago River water use

Illinois sues Trump Tower over Chicago River water use

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump Tower in Chicago allegedly draws in 20 million gallons of water from the river a day Illinois’ attorney general is suing Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower for allegedly breaking environmental laws. Lisa Madigan’s suit claims the property draws and releases millions of gallons of water from the […]