Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns of UK ‘illusions’ over talks with EU

Image copyright Reuters Image caption German MPs frequently applauded Ms Merkel’s points about Brexit German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the UK’s future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK’s Brexit terms. An EU-UK deal can only be discussed once the exit issues […]

Le Pen’s National Front ‘took 5m euros from EU’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Marine Le Pen is a fierce critic of the EU and sits in the European Parliament The far-right National Front (FN) of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen may have defrauded the European Parliament of about €5m (£4m; $5.4m), EU sources say. It is more than twice the sum initially […]

Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids

Blatter was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as Fifa president ended in a corruption scandal French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia […]

Raila Odinga chosen to challenge president in Kenya vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Raila Odinga will run for the presidency for the fourth time Kenya’s veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition’s presidential candidate for August’s election. Mr Odinga, 72, is set to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who beat him in 2013. This will be […]

Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Defender Moise Brou Apanga played 33 times for Gabon including at two Africa Cup of Nations Tributes have been paid to former Gabon international Moise Brou Apanga who died on Wednesday from a suspected heart attack. The 35-year-old collapsed during a training session with his Gabonese club FC 105 Libreville. He played for the Panthers […]

Why Oba of Lagos ‘snubbing’ Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

Image copyright NEWSNOW Image caption Oba of Lagos (L) dismissed the Ooni of Ife’s( R) outstretched hand with a wave Video footage showing a traditional leader, the Oba of Lagos, seemingly snubbing the Yoruba “king of kings”, the Ooni of Ife, at a public event has shocked many Nigerians. Journalist Ugochukwu Ikeakor explains why it […]

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in top-flight baseball

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gift Ngoepe signed for Pittsburgh in 2008 South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe has become the first Africa-born player to feature in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. He made his top-flight debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs. Ngoepe, 27, grew up in Randburg, near Johannesburg, […]

North Korea tensions: US ready to ‘bring Kim Jong-un to his senses’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Vinson battle group has been conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea The US military’s top commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”. Adm […]

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa currently has one nuclear plant A South African court has annulled initial agreements the government reached with three countries to help it build nuclear power stations. The deals with Russia, the US and South Korea were unlawful, the court ruled. The government failed to hold public hearings and […]

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