South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe, the police minister has said. She is accused of hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with an extension cord in […]

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Media captionPeople are angry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from outside Freetown’s mortuary Mass burials are being held on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding. President Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to join Christian and Muslim religious leaders for a […]

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Image copyright AFP Image caption India has a grim record of sexual assaults on children, with more than 10,000 raped in 2015 A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has […]

North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

Image copyright AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS Image caption US tensions with North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un (pictured) have flared in recent weeks A military response to North Korea would be “horrific” but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint […]

White nationalists are ‘clowns’ – Trump aide

White nationalists are ‘clowns’ – Trump aide

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Steve Bannon (l), pictured with another key White House figure (r) Jared Kushner, is seen as one of the most influential voices in the Trump administration The chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has attacked white nationalists as “clowns” as the fallout from violent protests in Charlottesville continues. Mr Bannon […]

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahdi expressed remorse during his trial An Islamist militant who is serving a prison sentence for destroying ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu has been found liable for nearly 3m euros in damages. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years last September by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He admitted leading […]

Politician dons burka in Australian Senate

Politician dons burka in Australian Senate

Media captionSenator Pauline Hanson is calling for the burka to be banned in Australia The leader of Australia’s far-right One Nation party has worn a burka on the floor of the nation’s Senate. Pauline Hanson’s entrance drew audible shock from other senators ahead of a bid by her party to ban the garment in Australia. […]

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives have been waiting to identify bodies Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to […]

Grace Mugabe asks for diplomatic immunity in S Africa case

Grace Mugabe asks for diplomatic immunity in S Africa case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s government has sought diplomatic immunity for President Robert Mugabe’s wife in the assault case against her in South Africa, South Africa’s police ministry has said. Grace Mugabe was still in South Africa, it added, contradicting earlier reports that […]

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hillside collapsed on to dozens of houses in Regent after heavy rain At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, a spokesman for the president has told the BBC. President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for “urgent […]