South Sudan: 145 child soldiers released – Unicef

South Sudan: 145 child soldiers released – Unicef

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption About 16,000 children are still in “armed groups” Some 145 child soldiers fighting for two rebel groups in South Sudan have been released, Unicef has announced. The children were recruited by the Cobra Faction and the SPLA In Opposition, two armed groups which have been fighting the government. They […]

Ethiopia withdraws troops in Somalia over ‘lack of support’

Ethiopia withdraws troops in Somalia over ‘lack of support’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia deployed its troops to Somalia to strengthen the weak UN-backed government Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia. Ethiopia is […]

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC

The Gambia joins African queue to leave ICC

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia since 1994 The Gambia says it will pull of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after accusing the tribunal of persecuting and humiliating Africans. The small West African nation joins South Africa and Burundi in withdrawing from the court. The ICC was set up to […]

France burkini highest court suspends ban

France burkini highest court suspends ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman in a burkini in Marseille in southern France France’s highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs […]

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Image copyright AP Image caption Resident carried what belongings they could take as they awaited evacuation Civilians and rebel fighters have begun leaving the Syrian town of Darayya after a deal was reached ending a four-year government siege. The first buses left the town, near the capital Damascus, accompanied by ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles. […]

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Image copyright Anonymous Image caption Police fired teargas before the demonstration had started Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition supporters who had gathered for a protest march in the capital, Harare. They have also beaten up people wearing red T-shirts, the colour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change […]

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pistorius was sentenced for murder in July South African state prosecutors have failed in their bid to challenge the six-year sentence for murder handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Prosecutors described the Paralympic athlete’s punishment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 as “shockingly lenient”. At the hearing in Pretoria, […]

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Image copyright EPA Image caption A car bomb was detonated outside the restaurant before gunmen stormed in At least seven people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Police said a car bomb exploded outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area and […]

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Image copyright @weskorir Image caption Wesley Korir tweeted images of the area where the athletes are staying Kenyan athletes are stranded in a Rio shanty town where gunshots can be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village, the team captain says. Officials delayed their return home as they looked for a “cheap flight”, said […]

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Image copyright iStock Image caption The money was taken from a bank safe and swapped with fake notes A bank teller at Somalia’s central bank is on the run after allegedly stealing $530,000 (£402,000), the bank’s governor Bashir Issa Ali has said. Senior cashier Muhidin Mohamed Hassan was behind the scam to exchange US dollar […]