Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Image caption Abas Abdullahi Siraji was Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Abas Abdullahi Siraji was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook […]

Mali attack: Two EU staff killed at tourist resort

Media captionA fire burns in the forest surrounding the resort Two EU staff were killed when gunmen stormed a tourist resort in Mali on Sunday, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief has said. One victim was a Portuguese soldier while the other was a Malian woman, Federica Mogherini added. Mali’s security minister said on Sunday that […]

UN refugee agency: Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrians fleeing conflict account for 12 million of the world’s displaced people A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to […]

The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote is held in Abidjan

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Ivorian football star Cheick Tiote during his funeral ceremony in Abidjan. The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote was held in Abidjan on Sunday following his sudden death in China earlier this month. Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. The former Newcastle […]

‘Half’ Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of displaced people rely on food aid in Nigeria Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says. It described it as a “diversion of relief materials”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for […]

Macron’s party set for parliamentary majority, polls show

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is on track for a parliamentary majority, exit polls suggest, weeks after his presidential victory. Two polls have his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, winning between 355 and 425 seats in the 577-seat […]

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Image copyright Image caption Mali’s government has said it suspects jihadists are behind the resort attack Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released,” […]

Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Media captionA former guest star on the Bill Cosby show, Lili Bernard, called Cosby “a lying coward” A US judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days. The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision after some 53 hours […]

London fire: Two Ethiopian families still missing

Image copyright Brkite Haftom/Facebook Image caption Mother and son Berikti and Biruk Habtom lived in Grenfell Tower Several British nationals of Ethiopian origin are still missing after the huge fire in a tower block in West London, says the Ethiopian embassy in the UK. They are mother and son Brkite and Biruk Haftom, and Hashim […]

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane sworn in despite wife’s killing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L) was sworn in for a second time Lesotho’s new Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been sworn in, two days after his estranged wife was shot dead. There were doubts whether the inauguration would take place so soon after her killing. Prime Minister Thabane’s ABC party […]