Museveni: Uganda may reintroduce executions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Museveni says his “leniency” has been taken advantage of Uganda could begin enforcing the death penalty again, President Yoweri Museveni has said, 13 years after the country’s last execution. Mr Museveni said his “Christian background” had prevented him from going ahead with executions, but this “leniency” was encouraging criminals. […]

Pope Francis ‘slander’ comment angers Chile abuse victims

Image copyright VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Pope Francis has angered victims of clerical sex abuse with his comments Pope Francis has triggered anger in Chile after accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slander. Francis said there was “no proof” for their claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by […]

Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many fallen trees are still blocking railway lines across Germany Rail services are getting back to normal in Germany as trees and other debris are cleared from lines hit by a severe storm that claimed eight lives. Three people died earlier in the Netherlands in accidents caused by hurricane-strength winds. […]

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Media captionNew Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern says she is expecting New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant. Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break. “And we thought 2017 was a big year!” she […]

Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Kurds in northern Syria have held protests against Turkish attacks on Afrin Turkey has intensified its shelling of Kurdish militia in northern Syria, ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area. The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said 70 shells were […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: DNA suggests suspect in other case was ‘innocent’

Image caption For almost a year, Mudasir was thought to have been the killer Pakistani officials say they will investigate allegations police carried out an extrajudicial killing of a man wrongly accused of murdering a child. The allegations uncovered by BBC Newsnight focus on DNA tests suggesting the child victim was killed by the same […]

Surviving cancer in a country with no radiotherapy machine

Image caption Monica Kyotazala’s long wait for treatment is finally over Monica Kyotazala has lived with a life-threatening disease for 12 years. In 2006, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and her body shows the physical ravages of the condition. Painfully thin and with a faltering voice, she explains how she went without adequate medical […]

Zimbabwe opposition figure Roy Bennett dies in US helicopter crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roy Bennett, a former coffee farmer, was a thorn in the side of President Robert Mugabe Prominent Zimbabwean politician Roy Bennett has been killed with his wife in a helicopter crash in North America. The couple died along with three others when the aircraft crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous […]

South Africa: Cape Town slashes water use amid drought

Image copyright EPA Image caption Car washing is banned in Cape Town The South African city of Cape Town will slash residents’ water allowance to 50 litres a day from next month amid fears that it could become the world’s first major city to run out of water. The city had reached a “point of […]

France’s baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A government report previously said food safety inspectors failed to detect salmonella during a routine check French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare. More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have already […]

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