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Namibia's President Hage Geingob wins re-election

Namibia's President Hage Geingob has been re-elected for a second term, the country's electoral commission says. Mr Geingob polled 56.3% in Wednesday's election, well ahead of his nearest rival Panduleni Itula with 29.4%. However, Mr Geingob's tally was well down from the 87%...

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 9:46 AM

North Korea threatens Japan with 'real ballistic missile'

North Korea has branded Japan's PM Shinzo Abe an "imbecile" and "political dwarf", accusing him of mislabelling its latest weapons test. Mr Abe condemned the North for "repeated launches of ballistic missiles" after two projectiles were fired on Thursday. But...

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 9:42 AM

Rwanda leads fight against cervical cancer in Africa

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide. But in Africa it is far deadlier than elsewhere, despite being a preventable disease. An ambitious health campaign in Rwanda has set an example which other countries on the continent are now starting to follow. Angeline...

Friday, November 29, 2019, 10:17 AM

DR Congo: Many dead as plane crashes into homes

At least 27 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into houses in Goma city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials say. Residents on the ground, including nine family members, were among the victims. The small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood...

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 5:42 PM

Kenya: Deadly landslides bury villagers

At least 29 people have died in landslides caused by severe weather in West Pokot county, Kenya. The landslides, affecting the villages of Nyarkulian and Parua, were reportedly caused by heavy rains. Officials say the villages have been cut off by flooded roads and at least one bridge was...

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 8:01 AM

Colombia: Troops stay on streets as unrest continues

Colombia's President Iván Duque has said security forces will remain on the streets to maintain order, as protests continued for a third day. The anti-government demonstrations erupted on Thursday when more than 250,000 marched in a national strike. They started peacefully but clashes...

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 7:57 AM

Ethiopia's ruling coalition parties agree to merge

Politicians from Ethiopia's governing Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition have approved the idea of forming a new political party - a plan that has been backed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Mr Abiy said the new Ethiopian Prosperity Party would help break down...

Friday, November 22, 2019, 8:47 AM

Mali army loses 24 soldiers in Niger border attack

Twenty-four soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants in eastern Mali, the country's army has said. Another 29 were also injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region. Mali's army said 17 "terrorists" were killed and...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 8:34 AM

US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal

The US has shifted its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, no longer viewing them as inconsistent with international law. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate. Israel welcomed the move - a...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 8:23 AM

Kenya and Somalia restore ties amid sea border row

Kenya and Somalia have agreed to normalise diplomatic relations despite an ongoing maritime boundary case at the International Court of Justice. The rapprochement will start with restoration of the issuance of travel visas on arrival for citizens of the two East African nations. This follows...

Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:22 AM

Bolivia: Opposition senator declares herself interim president

Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez has declared herself interim president of the South American country following Evo Morales' resignation. Lawmakers from Mr Morales' party boycotted the session, meaning there was no quorum for the appointment. But Ms Áñez said she was next in...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 8:14 AM

ICC prosecutor warns of trials over Guinea clashes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has urged the government and the opposition in Guinea to resume talks following protests and deadly clashes. The ICC's Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned that people who commit or incite violence are liable to face trial either in Guinea or at the...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:06 AM

Jimmy Carter, former US president, in hospital

Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, has been admitted to hospital in Atlanta for a procedure to relieve brain pressure. The pressure comes from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement. The procedure is scheduled to take place at the Emory University...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:58 AM

Zimbabwe to distribute new currency

Zimbabwe's central bank is due to begin circulating new banknotes on Monday, which it says will help to ease a severe cash shortage as the country suffers a deepening economic crisis. The bank has played down fears that the move will fuel inflation insisting that the two- and five- dollar...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 8:02 AM

Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid election protests

Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned after nearly 14 years in power, amid turmoil following his disputed re-election last month. The head of the army had called on him to go after protests over his election win. Auditors found irregularities with the poll but Mr Morales said he had...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:40 AM

Pope Francis 'hopes to visit South Sudan next year'

Pope Francis has urged the leaders of South Sudan to overcome their divisions and to find consensus for the good of the country. Speaking at his weekly blessing in the Vatican, the Pope said he hoped to visit South Sudan next year. South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 but has...

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 8:16 PM

Ebola: Attackers kill DR Congo journalist shining light on virus

A Congolese journalist who had been raising awareness about the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed at his home. The army said unidentified attackers raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba's home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him, wounding his...

Monday, November 4, 2019, 11:03 AM

Trump impeachment: House to vote on how inquiry should proceed

The US House of Representatives is set to vote on how the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump should proceed. The resolution to be voted on sets out a more public phase of the process and is not a ballot on whether or not to impeach the president. The measure also sets out the...

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 3:25 PM

At least 65 dead in Pakistan train fire

At least 65 passengers died when a train travelling from the Pakistani city of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire. Minister for railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the fire was caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder being used by passengers cooking breakfast. The blaze is thought to have...

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 11:02 AM

VIDEO: US releases first images of raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi compound

The US military has published the first footage of the raid in northern Syria that resulted in the death of the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group. Grainy video showed troops firing at militants on the ground as they flew towards the compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding before they...

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 10:17 AM