Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Arrested Ugandan Afrobeats MP ‘severely beaten’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bobi Wine beat candidates from the main political parties in last year’s by-election to become an MP Ugandan Afrobeats musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine has been severely beaten by the security forces and is unable to walk or talk, his lawyers say. The opposition MP has appeared at a military court in […]

Australia lake killings: Mother granted reduced jail sentence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akon Guode (L) after her children’s funeral in April 2015 A woman who killed three of her children by deliberately driving them into a lake in Australia has had her jail sentence reduced on appeal. Akon Guode was convicted last year of killing Bol, one, and twins Hanger and […]

Ancient Egyptian mummification ‘recipe’ revealed

Image copyright Dr Stephen Buckley/ University of York Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe – first used to preserve bodies. A battery of forensic chemical tests carried out on a mummy that dated from 3,700-3,500 BC revealed the recipe and confirmed that it was developed far earlier and used […]

Sudan boat accident: 24 schoolchildren die near River Nile

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boat capsized around 750km north of the capital Khartoum At least 24 children on their way to school and a health worker have drowned when their boat sank in northern Sudan. More than 40 children were on the boat, whose engine failed in a strong current as it […]

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead says de-horning a rhino, akin to cutting fingernails, protects it from poachers A whistle-blower has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it to […]

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead says de-horning a rhino, akin to cutting fingernails, protects it from poachers A police informant has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it […]

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Image copyright Duru Azubuike/Duru Studios Image caption Yinka Oladiran says landlords expect a woman to be accompanied by a man Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments. A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend’s […]

Sudanese man ‘behind UK terror attack’

Image caption The suspect, in a black bomber jacket, being led away by police The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources. The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London. Police have been searching three addresses […]

Jail for Burundi head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

Image caption Benjamin Manirambona said he was writing the exam on behalf of a soldier who had been deployed to Somalia A court in Burundi has sentenced a head teacher to five years in prison for trying to disguise himself as a student and sit a national exam on another person’s behalf. Benjamin Manirambona was […]

South Africa to eradicate pit latrine toilets in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many pit toilets are made from cheap metal, are shoddily built and left uncovered South Africa is to get rid of all pit latrines in state schools within two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a toilet in March. “This is an initiative that will save lives and […]

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