North Korea nuclear: US ‘working with China’ on response

North Korea nuclear: US ‘working with China’ on response

Media captionThe BBC’s John Sudworth, in Pyongyang, explains what may happen next The US and China are working on a “range of options” on North Korea, the US top security adviser has said, as tensions mount over the country’s nuclear and missile programmes. Lt Gen HR McMaster told ABC News there was consensus with China […]






Egypt court acquits charity worker Aya Hijazi

Egypt court acquits charity worker Aya Hijazi

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Aya Hijazi has been in a Cairo prison since 2014 US-Egyptian charity worker Aya Hijazi has been acquitted by a court in Egypt after almost three years in prison. The charity co-founder was accused of human trafficking and sexually abusing children, but human rights groups called the charges bogus. Supporters […]






Sri Lankans vent anger as toll rises in rubbish dump collapse

Sri Lankans vent anger as toll rises in rubbish dump collapse

Media captionThe son of a woman who was thrown 30ft by the collapse says there had been many complaints about safety Hopes of finding survivors under a collapsed rubbish dump in Sri Lanka are fading as anger builds among residents who say their concerns were ignored. The death toll from Friday’s collapse in the capital […]






US troops to help Somalia fight al-Shabab

US troops to help Somalia fight al-Shabab

Image copyright AFP Image caption The 1993 downing of two helicopters shocked the US The US says it is sending dozens of troops to Somalia to train forces fighting Islamist group al-Shabab. This is the first time regular US troops have been deployed in Somalia since 1994, although some counter-terrorism advisers are already there. President […]






The Nigerian woman standing up to Boko Haram

It has been three years since more than 270 girls were abducted from the dormitory of a secondary school in Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Most of the girls from the town of Chibok are still missing. BBC Hausa‚Äôs Jimeh Saleh met one woman who has joined one of the vigilante groups trying […]






Tanzania police killed in highway ambush

Tanzania police killed in highway ambush

At least eight police officers have been killed by unknown gunmen in a late-night roadside ambush in Tanzania, according to the president’s office. The police were attacked while driving from patrols back to Bungu village, 110km (70 miles) south of the main city Dar es Salaam, local media report. Police say they pursued the bandits […]






Ivory Coast conflict: Gbagbo ally jailed over Novotel hotel murders

Ivory Coast conflict: Gbagbo ally jailed over Novotel hotel murders

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Dogbo Ble was a key figure in the civil conflict The head of the presidential guard under Ivory Coast’s ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo has been sentenced to 18 years in prison over killings during the country’s civil conflict in 2011. Gen Bruno Dogbo Ble was convicted at the murder trial […]






Kenya land invasion crisis grows

Media captionKenya herdsmen clash with police There’s a standoff at Suyian Ranch. For the past week traditional herdsmen have invaded the land, burned down the tourist lodge and brought in thousands of cattle to steal pasture. Now police reinforcements have arrived and from the overlooking escarpment are trying to decide how best to restore law […]






Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Angola’s President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for more than 37 years Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor. He told a meeting of the governing MPLA party that Joao Lourenco, the defence minister, […]






Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Gambia’s President Barrow scraps Jammeh’s four-day week

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Adama Barrow issued the directive within a week of arriving home to take power The Gambia’s new president has scrapped the four-day week introduced by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh. In a statement Adama Barrow said that public sector employees would now have to work a half-day on Fridays too. […]






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