Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus have been extensively damaged in recent months Syrian security forces are engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, residents say. Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise […]

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Trump ‘looks forward to visiting China’ – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China’s President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states. Mr Tillerson met the Chinese leader in […]

Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier’s gun

Media caption“The attacker was holding the soldier by her neck” A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Paris’s Orly airport, French officials say. The 39-year-old was killed by the security forces after attacking a patrol in the airport’s south terminal. The airport has now partially reopened after what […]

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is helping to evacuate people from al-Wair, the last rebel-held district of Homs Syrian rebels and their families are leaving their last remaining enclave in Homs, a city once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”. Buses have begun transporting people out of al-Wair district, under […]

Don’t forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches

Don’t forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches

Image copyright AP Image caption The abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity for almost three years A Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 […]

Don’t forget us, Chibok schoolgirl tells conference

Don’t forget us, Chibok schoolgirl tells conference

Image copyright AP Image caption The abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity for almost three years A Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has called on the international community not to forget those still in captivity. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 […]

Lagos settlement demolished despite court order

Lagos settlement demolished despite court order

An informal settlement in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, has been razed to the ground in defiance of a court order, rights activists say. The homes of nearly 4,700 people in Otodo-Gbame were destroyed by heavy machinery, activists said. Eyewitnesses told the BBC tear gas and live bullets were fired after residents formed a human chain […]

Uganda to get security cameras after police death

Uganda to get security cameras after police death

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrew Felix Kaweesi was travelling with two bodyguards Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the installation of surveillance cameras in major towns to reassure the nation about public safety. The measure was introduced after the killing of the country’s third highest ranking police officer. Assistant Inspector General Andrew Felix Kaweesi […]

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies aged 87 in St Lucia

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott dies aged 87 in St Lucia

Image caption Derek Walcott was one of the Caribbean’s best known writers Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott has died aged 87 at his home in the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a long illness, local media reports say. He was regarded by critics as one of the greatest Caribbean poets. The writer’s collections include […]

Attack on Somali migrant boat ‘kills 31’

Attack on Somali migrant boat ‘kills 31’

At least 31 people have been killed after a boat carrying Somali refugees was targeted in a helicopter attack off the coast of Yemen, the International Organisation for Migration says. Women and children were among those killed when the vessel was hit near the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the IOM said. Images from the scene showed […]