Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Image copyright AFP Image caption A journey through the desert can be just as perilous for migrants as a sea crossing Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A […]

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be “happy” and “overwhelmed” following his release Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says. Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement […]

South Africa prisoners entertained by ‘strippers’

South Africa prisoners entertained by ‘strippers’

Image copyright Durban Crime n All Image caption These pictures emerged on social media over the weekend Inmates at a South African prison known as Sun City were treated to “strippers” as part of an official event. Pictures circulating on social media show two scantily-clad women in thigh-high boots pressing themselves up against orange suited […]

Victor Wanyama Street in Tanzania axed after a day

Victor Wanyama Street in Tanzania axed after a day

Image copyright Victor Wanyama/Instagram Image caption Wanyama posted a photo on his Instagram account and thanked Tanzanians Tottenham and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama was honoured in Tanzania on Saturday by having a street named after him in Dar es Salaam. But the gesture looks to have been short-lived as local websites showed a picture of […]

South Africa moves ‘coffin’ assault case to high court

South Africa moves ‘coffin’ assault case to high court

Image caption Theo Martins Jackson (L) and Willem Oosthuizen (R) have been in custody since November The trial of two white farmers accused of forcing a black South African into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive has been moved to a high court. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. IS deployed large numbers of suicide bombers in different parts of the northern Iraqi city but the affected areas were quickly brought under control, Iraqi officials […]

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis

Liu Xiaobo: China frees jailed dissident after cancer diagnosis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Liu Xiaobo is a poet and human rights campaigner Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy. His lawyer […]

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

Trump breaks White House Eid dinner tradition

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) reportedly rejected a request to hold the annual dinner US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The White House event had been held every […]

Colombia boat sinking: Six killed and 16 missing

Colombia boat sinking: Six killed and 16 missing

Media captionThe moment the Colombia passenger boat sank (Parts of this video have been sped up) At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular […]

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being […]

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