‘More than 3,000 escaped’ Makala jail in DR Congo

‘More than 3,000 escaped’ Makala jail in DR Congo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cars parked at the front of the prison were burnt during the jail-break More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped from the main prison in Democratic Republic of Congo, security sources have told the BBC. The authorities say only around 50 prisoners got away when armed men attacked […]

Nigeria’s Chibok girls: Schoolgirl ‘not one of 276’

Nigeria’s Chibok girls: Schoolgirl ‘not one of 276’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Eighty-two Chibok girls were released in a prisoner swap earlier this month A schoolgirl who escaped Nigeria’s militant Islamists is not one of the 276 Chibok girls abducted in 2014, contrary to earlier reports, a presidential aide has told the BBC. Although this girl went to the same school in […]

Trump election: Former FBI boss to lead Russia inquiry

Trump election: Former FBI boss to lead Russia inquiry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mueller is a former prosecutor who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013 A former FBI boss, Robert Mueller, has been named special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was in the public interest […]

US and EU reject expanding laptop ban to flights from Europe

US and EU reject expanding laptop ban to flights from Europe

Image copyright AFP US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered. US officials had previously said they were looking into extending […]

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Mako is the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying […]

Nigeria Chibok girls: Lone schoolgirl escapes Boko Haram captivity

Nigeria Chibok girls: Lone schoolgirl escapes Boko Haram captivity

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The latest escape comes after 82 of the captured Chibok girls were released in a prisoner swap on 6 May A schoolgirl who was abducted by Nigeria’s militant Islamists in 2014 has escaped from captivity, a presidential aide has told the BBC. The girl was found by government troops while […]

DR Congo jail-break: Bundu dia Kongo leader flees Kinshasa prison

DR Congo jail-break: Bundu dia Kongo leader flees Kinshasa prison

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Red Cross officials have been recovering bodies following the raid on the prison Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says. Shots were fired and vehicles torched as Ne Muanda […]

Trump ‘asked FBI to halt Flynn inquiry’

Trump ‘asked FBI to halt Flynn inquiry’

Image copyright Reuters President Donald Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to end an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia, US media report. “I hope you can let this go,” Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey after a White House meeting in February, according to a memo written by the ex-FBI […]

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Despite the differences, the two presidents pledged to strengthen US-Turkish relations Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. “There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region,” he […]

Mexican journalists protest over Javier Valdez killing

Mexican journalists protest over Javier Valdez killing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Journalists commemorated the veteran crime writer who was shot dead on Monday Journalists in Mexico have protested against the killing of one of their colleagues and called on the government to take action. Award-winning journalist Javier Valdez was shot dead on Monday, close to the offices of the newspaper he […]