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Sudan launches Darfur crimes investigation

Sudan has launched an investigation into crimes committed in the Darfur region under former President Omar al-Bashir, the state prosecutor says. A trial could take place outside the country, Tagelsir al-Heber said. Ten years ago the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 9:03 AM

Islamic State 'getting stronger again in Iraq'

There are growing indications that the Islamic State (IS) group is re-organising in Iraq, two years after losing the last of its territory in the country. Kurdish and Western intelligence officials have told the BBC that the IS presence in Iraq is a sophisticated insurgency, and IS attacks are...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 8:57 AM

Somalis fight locust invasion by eating them

Somalia is facing its worst invasion of locusts in 25 years, but some people are turning the desert insects into delicious meals. Local media reports show residents of Adado town, in central Somalia, frying the locusts and eating them with rice and pasta. One man said they are tastier than fish...

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 9:05 AM

DR Congo to 'relocate families from cobalt-rich area'

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo will relocate some 10,000 families from a southeastern town rich in cobalt estimated to be worth billions of dollars, the AFP news agency reports. DR Congo produces 60% of the world's supply of cobalt. The rare mineral is used to produce...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 8:42 AM

Impeachment: Trump pens irate letter to Pelosi on eve of vote

US President Donald Trump has lashed out over his impending impeachment in an irate letter to top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of declaring "open war on American democracy". "You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!" he wrote in the letter...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 8:33 AM

Pervez Musharraf, Former Pakistani Leader, Sentenced to Death

General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military leader, has been sentenced to death at a special court hearing in Islamabad. The three-member court sentenced him over a high treason charge that has been pending since 2013. Gen Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 2:37 PM

Boeing to temporarily halt 737 Max production in January

Boeing will temporarily halt production of its troubled 737 Max airliner in January, the manufacturer said. Production of the jet had continued despite the model being grounded for nine months after two deadly crashes. More than 300 people died when two 737 Max aircraft crashed in Indonesia...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 2:17 PM

Boeing to temporarily halt 737 Max production in January

Boeing will temporarily halt production of its troubled 737 Max airliner in January, the manufacturer said. Production of the jet had continued despite the model being grounded for nine months after two deadly crashes. More than 300 people died when two 737 Max aircraft crashed in Indonesia...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 2:08 PM

Nigeria: Buhari promises Africans visas on arrival

Nigeria says it will give all African travellers visas on arrival from January, dropping the requirement that they apply in advance. President Muhammadu Buhari said it showed Nigeria's commitment to "free movement of Africans within Africa". The announcement comes five months...

Friday, December 13, 2019, 10:04 AM

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

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