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Kenya finance minister Henry Rotich arrested for corruption

Kenya's finance minister has surrendered himself to the police after the chief prosecutor ordered his arrest over allegations of corruption. Henry Rotich is accused of flouting procurement procedures in awarding a contract worth over $450m (£405m) for the construction of two dams to the...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 10:11 AM

South Africa corruption inquiry 'irrational'

The lawyer for Jacob Zuma made the announcement that the former South African president would no longer give evidence at the inquiry looking into corruption during his tenure. "You will recall that on Monday, I expressed my reservations that a commission, which is a creature of statute, which...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 2:59 PM

Trump 'disrespectful' to PM and UK, says Jeremy Hunt

Donald Trump has been "disrespectful" towards the prime minister and the UK, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. His comments come after President Trump called Sir Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, "a very stupid guy" amid a row over leaked emails. He went on to...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:54 AM

New Greek PM vows country will be 'proud' again

Greece's new centre-right prime minister has vowed the country will "proudly raise its head again". After New Democracy's landslide victory on Sunday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he would not fail to "honour the hopes" of the Greek people. The win comes four years after...

Monday, July 8, 2019, 9:54 AM

Erdogan's party suffers blow after Istanbul re-run poll defeat

Turkey's ruling AK Party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, delivering a stinging blow to President Erdogan. With nearly all ballots counted, main opposition party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu had a lead of 775,000 votes, a huge increase on the margin...

Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:30 PM

Ethiopia Amhara 'coup ringleader on the run'

The suspected ringleader of Saturday's failed coup plot in Ethiopia's Amhara region is on the run, a senior security official has told the BBC. Four top officials, including the army chief, were killed while thwarting the coup, officials said. Flags are flying at half-mast after the...

Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:17 PM

Dominic Raab out of Tory leadership race as five proceed

Dominic Raab has been knocked out of the Tory leadership race in the latest ballot of MPs, leaving five candidates in the battle to be the next PM. Boris Johnson once again came top of the ballot, with 126 votes - 12 more than in the first round. Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Rory...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tory leadership race: Johnson absent as candidates face questions

United Kingdom’s Conservative leadership contenders Monday faced further questions about Brexit and their personal beliefs ahead of Tuesday's second ballot of MPs. Boris Johnson skipped the hustings of Westminster journalists, having also missed Sunday's Channel 4 TV debate. Rory...

Monday, June 17, 2019, 5:12 PM

Argentina investigates 'unprecedented' outage

Argentina is investigating what caused a massive power cut that hit nearly 50 million people. President Mauricio Macri called the outage "unprecedented", promising a thorough inquiry. Almost all of Argentina, neighbouring Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay woke up to darkness on Sunday...

Monday, June 17, 2019, 4:50 PM

Mali attack: '100 killed' in Dogon village

Nearly 100 people have been killed in attack in a village in central Mali inhabited by the Dogon ethnic group, reports say. The attack happened in Sobale Kou, close to Sanga town, according to French-language news outlet RFI. The bodies of the dead have been burned, says a local official, and the...

Monday, June 10, 2019, 3:06 PM

UK signs post-Brexit free trade deal with South Korea

The UK and South Korea have signed an outline free trade agreement (FTA) that seeks to maintain existing trade arrangements post-Brexit. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox signed the deal with his South Korean counterpart Yoo Myung-hee in Seoul. The preliminary agreement marks the first post-...

Monday, June 10, 2019, 12:06 PM

Sudan security forces tear-gas protesters

Four people have been killed on the first day of a strike, according to doctors aligned to the opposition. Campaigners have called for ongoing civil disobedience from Sunday to make it as difficult as possible for the military to govern Sudan. It comes days after a military crackdown left dozens...

Monday, June 10, 2019, 11:17 AM

Hong Kong protests: Leader Carrie Lam defiant on extradition plan

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will not scrap a controversial plan to allow extradition to mainland China, despite mass protests. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the bill which critics fear allows China to target political opponents in the region....

Monday, June 10, 2019, 11:10 AM

Nechama Rivlin, Wife of Israeli President, Dies at 73

Israel's first lady Nechama Rivlin, who had suffered from a lung condition for the past several years, underwent a lung transplant in March.   Nechama Rivlin, the wife of President Reuven Rivlin, died on Tuesday at the age of 73.   Mrs. Rivlin, who had suffered from a pulmonary...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 10:02 AM

Donald Trump meets Queen at start of UK state visit

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are meeting the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK. The pair are at Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony. Mr and Mrs Trump arrived on Air Force One earlier on Monday and were taken to the US ambassador...

Monday, June 3, 2019, 3:15 PM

Sudan crisis: Security forces move against protesters

Sudan's security forces have used force to try to break up a long-running sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, protesters say. Gunfire has been heard in the capital and casualties are reported. Sudan has been governed by a Transitional Military Council (TMC) since President Omar...

Monday, June 3, 2019, 9:56 AM

Brexit: Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over £350m claim

Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign. It is a private prosecution launched...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 8:37 PM

UK minister warns of Brexit 'suicide' as race to replace PM May hots up

Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt warns that his party will be committing "political suicide" if it tries to push through a no-deal Brexit.  He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the move to no-deal would result in a general election, which could see Labour take...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 3:20 PM

European elections 2019: Brexit Party dominates as Tories and Labour suffer

The Brexit Party was the clear winner in the UK's European elections, with the pro-EU Lib Dems coming second. The Conservatives and Labour suffered heavy losses, with the former expected to get less than 10% of the vote. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said he was ready to "take on...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:38 PM

European elections 2019: Power blocs lose grip on parliament

The big centre-right and centre-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, the Greens and nationalists. Pro-EU parties are still expected to be in a majority but the traditional blocs will need to seek new alliances. The...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:33 PM

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