UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

Media captionYemen’s war is leaving children on the brink of famine The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief said as he pleaded for help to avoid “a catastrophe”. Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council more than 20 million people are facing starvation and famine in Yemen, […]

Durban police search for baby abducted in South Africa ‘car-jacking’

Durban police search for baby abducted in South Africa ‘car-jacking’

Image copyright South African Police Service Image caption The one-month-old baby girl who was abducted when a car was stolen in Durban, South Africa Police in the South African city of Durban are searching for a baby girl who was in a vehicle when it was stolen in an apparent car-jacking on Friday. The mother […]

Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa

Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption The African Union hopes .africa will create a unique online identity for the continent Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa […]

Nigeria President Buhari: I’ve never been so sick

Media captionNigeria’s President Buhari arrives home after medical leave in London. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has never been “so sick” as he has felt in recent weeks. He was speaking to dignitaries in the capital, Abuja, after returning from seven weeks of medical leave in the UK. His absence led to some […]

Nigeria leader Buhari returns home after UK medical leave

Media captionNigeria’s President Buhari arrives home after medical leave in London. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after seven weeks of medical leave in the UK, amid intense speculation over his health. The 74-year-old, who flew into an air force base in the northern city of Kaduna, is now in the capital, Abuja. The […]

Apo Six murders: Nigeria sentences two policemen to death

Apo Six murders: Nigeria sentences two policemen to death

Image caption The victims were murdered in June 2005 Two former policemen in Nigeria have been sentenced to death over the most infamous case of extrajudicial killing in the country’s modern history. Ezekiel Achejene and Emmanuel Baba were convicted of murdering two of the Apo Six – six young civilians who were shot dead in […]

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar

Image copyright AP Image caption Trees were lashed by strong winds in Sambava Five people are now known to have died in Madagascar from a cyclone that made landfall in the north-east of the island on Tuesday, officials say. About 10,000 people have had to leave their homes because of damage from Cyclone Enawo. Power […]

Kenya land invasion crisis grows

Media captionKenya herdsmen clash with police There’s a standoff at Suyian Ranch. For the past week traditional herdsmen have invaded the land, burned down the tourist lodge and brought in thousands of cattle to steal pasture. Now police reinforcements have arrived and from the overlooking escarpment are trying to decide how best to restore law […]

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for more than 37 years Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor. He told a meeting of the governing MPLA party that Joao Lourenco, the defence minister, […]

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Adama Barrow issued the directive within a week of arriving home to take power The Gambia’s new president has scrapped the four-day week introduced by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh. In a statement Adama Barrow said that public sector employees would now have to work a half-day on Fridays too. […]