Le Pen’s National Front ‘took 5m euros from EU’

Le Pen’s National Front ‘took 5m euros from EU’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Marine Le Pen is a fierce critic of the EU and sits in the European Parliament The far-right National Front (FN) of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen may have defrauded the European Parliament of about €5m (£4m; $5.4m), EU sources say. It is more than twice the sum initially […]

Philippines police ‘keep people hidden in secret cell’

Philippines police ‘keep people hidden in secret cell’

Image copyright ABS-CBN Image caption Footage from local network ABS-CBN appears to show people sat in a narrow, cramped room At least 11 people have been found in a tiny dark room hidden behind a bookcase in a Philippine police station. The captives were discovered during a raid by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), […]

Raila Odinga chosen to challenge president in Kenya vote

Raila Odinga chosen to challenge president in Kenya vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Raila Odinga will run for the presidency for the fourth time Kenya’s veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition’s presidential candidate for August’s election. Mr Odinga, 72, is set to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who beat him in 2013. This will be […]

Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Defender Moise Brou Apanga played 33 times for Gabon including at two Africa Cup of Nations Tributes have been paid to former Gabon international Moise Brou Apanga who died on Wednesday from a suspected heart attack. The 35-year-old collapsed during a training session with his Gabonese club FC 105 Libreville. He played for the Panthers […]

Why Oba of Lagos ‘snubbing’ Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

Why Oba of Lagos ‘snubbing’ Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

Image copyright NEWSNOW Image caption Oba of Lagos (L) dismissed the Ooni of Ife’s( R) outstretched hand with a wave Video footage showing a traditional leader, the Oba of Lagos, seemingly snubbing the Yoruba “king of kings”, the Ooni of Ife, at a public event has shocked many Nigerians. Journalist Ugochukwu Ikeakor explains why it […]

Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in top-flight baseball

Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in top-flight baseball

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gift Ngoepe signed for Pittsburgh in 2008 South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe has become the first Africa-born player to feature in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. He made his top-flight debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs. Ngoepe, 27, grew up in Randburg, near Johannesburg, […]

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa currently has one nuclear plant A South African court has annulled initial agreements the government reached with three countries to help it build nuclear power stations. The deals with Russia, the US and South Korea were unlawful, the court ruled. The government failed to hold public hearings and […]

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Image copyright John Hawks Image caption Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests. The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were […]

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

Image copyright UNDP Tanzania Image caption Awa Dabo (L) pictured with Tanzanian President John Magufuli (R) Tanzania has expelled the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. It blamed Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, for the “deteriorating performance” of her office, driven by […]

Row over Egyptian woman weight loss

Row over Egyptian woman weight loss

Image copyright Saifee hospital The sister of Eman Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman thought to have been the world’s heaviest, has accused doctors of lying about her weight loss after surgery in India. She underwent surgery in Mumbai’s Saifee hospital, and last week doctors said she had lost 250kg (550lbs). But her sister said […]