Cyclone Kenneth: Tanzania warns of destructive storm

Cyclone Kenneth: Tanzania warns of destructive storm

Media captionThe Cyclone will make landfall on Thursday Authorities in Tanzania have advised people in southern coastal regions to move to safer ground ahead of the expected arrival of a cyclone. Cyclone Kenneth is predicted to also hit neighbouring northern Mozambique with winds of up to 200km/h (124 mph) and torrential rain. Residents have been […]

Guinea couple convicted of enslaving girl in US

Guinea couple convicted of enslaving girl in US

Image copyright Tarrant County Jail Image caption The girl was forced to work for Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré A couple who enslaved a young woman for 16 years at their home in the US have been sentenced to seven years in jail. Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré, both 58, were […]

South Africa floods: Death toll after heavy rains rises to 51

South Africa floods: Death toll after heavy rains rises to 51

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rains have led to landslides destroying property and roads Floods and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider KwaZulu-Natal province have killed at least 51 people, officials say. President Cyril Ramaphosa has flown into the region to visit the affected areas. Southern and eastern parts […]

Sudan protests: The women driving change

Student Alaa Salah became a protest icon after a video of her leading chants against former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir went viral. The 22-year-old, dressed in white, earned the nickname ‘The Nubian Queen’. She talked to the BBC about her unexpected fame after she went to demonstrate against the country’s former leader. And long-time Sudanese […]

United States dilutes UN rape-in-war resolution

United States dilutes UN rape-in-war resolution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jonathan Cohen, acting US ambassador to the United Nations, at the Security Council meeting The Trump administration’s opposition to abortion has led to the watering-down of a UN resolution on ending sexual violence in war. The US removed all references to sexual and reproductive health. The Security Council resolution, […]

Nasa lander ‘detects first Marsquake’

Nasa lander ‘detects first Marsquake’

Image copyright NASA/JPL Image caption The sensors were developed in France and the UK The American space agency’s InSight lander appears to have detected its first seismic event on Mars. The faint rumble was picked up by the probe’s sensors on 6 April – the 128th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. It is […]

Myanmar landslide buries at least 54 jade miners

Myanmar landslide buries at least 54 jade miners

Image copyright AFP Image caption Locals walk past the “mud lake” which buried vehicles and machinery At least 54 jade miners are feared to have died after they were buried in mud while sleeping in northern Myanmar. Police said the landslide in Kachin state was so great it created a “mud lake” that engulfed the […]

Sudan army chief says soldiers ‘will not attack protesters’

Sudan army chief says soldiers ‘will not attack protesters’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan said he would be willing to give up power in days The head of Sudan’s military transitional council has told the BBC the army will not use force against protesters who want it to leave power. Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan spoke as African leaders […]

Innovative child malaria vaccine test starts in Malawi

Innovative child malaria vaccine test starts in Malawi

Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has already been tested in smaller trial programmes A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by […]

Nigerian ‘children killed’ after car hits Easter parade in Gombe

Nigerian ‘children killed’ after car hits Easter parade in Gombe

Police in Nigeria are investigating the deaths of 11 people in the north-eastern town of Gombe after a car ploughed into a procession celebrating Easter on Sunday. The driver, an off-duty security agent, was unhappy that the procession had blocked the road, some reports say. He then “drove into the children”, the procession leader said. […]