Kenyan voting system ‘won’t be ready’

Kenyan voting system ‘won’t be ready’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left on poster) successfully challenged August’s result in court The company providing the voting system for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election says the equipment will not be ready in time, putting the planned date in jeopardy. The Supreme Court annulled last month’s vote, citing irregularities. […]

North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme

North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Kim Jong-un and top military officials celebrated Friday’s missile launch North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, Pyongyang called new UN sanctions “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility”. Meanwhile, the presidents of […]

BBC launches services for Ethiopia and Eritrea

BBC launches services for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Image caption The new sites have already generated a lot of interest The BBC World Service has launched three websites for Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s. The sites would be a “source of truth” in a region with limited independent media, said BBC editor Will Ross. The […]

Rohingya ‘extremists’ trying to build stronghold – Myanmar army

Rohingya ‘extremists’ trying to build stronghold – Myanmar army

Media captionHeavy monsoons are adding to the misery in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh Myanmar’s top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh. Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya “has never been an ethnic group”, and accused “extremists” of trying to form a […]

DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

DR Congo security forces shoot dead Burundi migrants

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are tens of thousands of Burundians living in the DRC Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 37 Burundian migrants who were protesting after four of their countrymen were expelled, the UN says. Its peacekeeping mission Monusco said another 117 were injured during the incident […]

Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality

Zanzibar arrests 20 over homosexuality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Tanzania, gay male sex is punishable by up to 30 years in jail Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say. The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids […]

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of refugees

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of refugees

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bangladeshi security forces are already guarding Rohingya camps near the border Bangladesh has announced wide-ranging restrictions on the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighbouring Myanmar since August. They must stay in fixed places allocated to them by the government and not travel elsewhere, police say. […]

Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa

Rugby Championship: New Zealand in record win over South Africa

The All Blacks scored four tries in each half at North Harbour Stadium World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship to eight points with two matches remaining. The All Blacks […]

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

Image caption At least 30,000 people have fled their homes Thousands of people have fled Ethiopia’s Somali region following deadly clashes in recent days between ethnic Somalis and Oromos. The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal looks at the cause of the conflict and whether it can be stopped. Dozens of people are reported to have died in […]

Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims

Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tunisian women have been campaigning for greater rights Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining “the freedom to choose one’s spouse”. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a […]