Zimbabwean comedian Gonyeti ‘abducted and beaten’ in Harare

Image caption Kureya previously told the BBC that she’d been banned from attending national events but that she was hopeful things would change A Zimbabwean comedian has been found after being abducted and beaten by masked gunmen in the capital Harare, her relatives and colleagues say. Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name “Gonyeti”, has […]

Junior Agogo: Ex-Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker dies aged 40

Junior Agogo played for 15 clubs during a 15-year career Former Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40. Agogo, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, played 27 times for his country and scored 12 goals. He finished his career at Hibernian in 2012 having also […]

Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Image copyright EPA Image caption Giraffes are targeted for bushmeat, but body parts are also used for jewellery and bracelets Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world’s tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade. The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on […]

Zimbabwean comedian Gonyeti ‘abducted and beaten’ in Harare

Image caption Kureya previously told the BBC that she’d been banned from attending national events but that she was hopeful things would change A Zimbabwean comedian has been found after being abducted and beaten by masked gunmen in the capital Harare, her relatives and colleagues say. Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name “Gonyeti”, has […]

Sudan transition: Abdalla Hamdok appointed new prime minister

Image copyright EPA Image caption Abdalla Hamdok previously worked for the UN Sudan has appointed a new prime minister as the country embarks on a three-year transition to civilian rule. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said achieving peace and solving the economic crisis were priorities. His appointment comes as Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was sworn […]

Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

Media captionWatch: Greenland wouldn’t be the first time the US bought territory US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Denmark amid a public row over Greenland that saw President Donald Trump cancel a visit to the country. In a phone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Mr Pompeo “expressed appreciation for Denmark’s co-operation” […]

Initial evidence shows microplastics pose ‘minimal health risk’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Microplastics have been found in rivers, lakes, drinking water supplies and bottled water Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most […]

Myanmar Muslims: ‘We’re citizens too’

From difficulties in getting jobs to mounting online abuse, some Muslims in Myanmar are uneasy over what they say are signs of daily discrimination, which have grown since the Rohingya crisis erupted in 2012. Three Muslims share their stories with the BBC. Video by Tessa Wong, Nick Beake and Closay Saw. Myanmar Muslims: ‘We’re citizens […]

Nigeria goes three years without a case of polio

Image copyright AFP Image caption Polio can only be prevented through immunisation Nigeria has gone three years without a case of polio, putting it on the brink of being declared free of the disease. This is a dramatic change from 2012 when the country accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide, the […]

Sudan transition: Lt-Gen Burhan sworn in as Sovereign Council chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lt-Gen Burhan will be in charge of the sovereign council for the first twenty-one months The leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, has been sworn in as leader of the newly established sovereign council. He will lead a group of six civilians and four […]

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