Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers dug through toppled buildings in Mexico City for a second night Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One of them, a 13-year-old girl, is believed to be sheltering under a table, […]

Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission

Image copyright AFP Image caption The judges ruled by a 4-2 majority to annul the 8 August election Kenya’s Supreme Court has blamed the country’s electoral commission (IEBC) for its decision to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges said the 8 August poll was “neither transparent or verifiable”. Deputy Chief Justice Philomena […]

Togo protests: Why are people marching against Faure Gnassingbé?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-government protests have spread across the country A new round of demonstrations is expected across Togo as the country grapples with an unprecedented political crisis, brought about by calls for the introduction of presidential term limits. Faure Gnassingbé has been head of state since 2005 when he took over from […]

Mexico: Powerful earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

Image copyright AFP Image caption The rescue operation in Mexico City was continuing through the night A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 140 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children died and 30 were missing after a school […]

David Maraga hits back at ‘threats’ over Kenya election re-run

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga said he was “prepared to pay the ultimate price” to protect the rule of law Threats against Kenya’s judiciary are increasing after a Supreme Court ruling to annul the presidential election result, the chief justice says. “Demonstrations have bordered on violence and are clearly intended […]

Nigeria’s Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

Image caption Amina Yuguda hails from Yola in north-eastern Nigeria A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency. She will start a three-month placement […]

Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as category five storm

Media captionFootage from Martinique shows early devastating winds Hurricane Maria, strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, has torn into the Caribbean island of Dominica with sustained winds of 260km/h (160mph). Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that his roof had been torn off and he was “at the complete mercy of the […]

Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi does not fear global ‘scrutiny’

Media captionAung San Suu Kyi: ‘We will accept refugees who want to return’ Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she does not fear “international scrutiny” of her government’s handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first national address on the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than […]

Kenyan voting system ‘won’t be ready’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left on poster) successfully challenged August’s result in court The company providing the voting system for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election says the equipment will not be ready in time, putting the planned date in jeopardy. The Supreme Court annulled last month’s vote, citing irregularities. […]

Egypt mass trial sees hundreds imprisoned over 2013 protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Clashes between police and demonstrators in 2013 ended in hundreds of deaths Forty-three people have been sentenced to life in prison after a mass trial in Egypt that also saw years-long sentences given to hundreds of others. Almost 500 people were charged with crimes over the violence which erupted following […]

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