Boko Haram ‘plot to attack UK and US embassies foiled’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria Nigeria’s spy agency says it thwarted a plot by militant Islamist group Boko Haram to attack the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja. Six people were arrested last month in connection with the plot, the Department of […]

South Africa mourns the death of Ontlametse Phalatse

Image copyright Kopano Tlape Flickr Image caption Jacob Zuma called Ontlametse Phalatse a “brave young fighter” A woman who captured the hearts of many South Africans for her brave battle against premature aging disorder progeria has died aged 18. Doctors had said Ontlametse Phalatse would not make it past the age of 14. President Jacob […]

Somali security forces ‘rescue sailors’ from Indian ship

Media captionIs piracy returning to Somalia? Somali security forces have rescued eight sailors who were kidnapped by pirates, an official says. The pirates hijacked the Indian cargo ship last month, seizing the 10-man crew and holding them for ransom. Security forces freed the vessel and two of the crew on Monday. The pirates escaped with […]

British Rwanda ‘plot’ woman Violette Uwamahoro back in UK

Image copyright Uwamahoro Image caption Mrs Uwamahoro was reunited with her husband and two children who were vocal in favour of release A pregnant British woman from Leeds who was arrested in Rwanda on suspicion of plotting to undermine President Paul Kagame is back in the UK. Violette Uwamahoro was granted bail last month by […]

Nigeria road safety commander cut hair of female employees

Image copyright FRSC Rivers State/Facebook Image caption An aide to President Buhari said the haircuts were “a humiliation of women” Nigeria’s road safety organisation has disciplined a senior commander after he was filmed punishing female employees by cutting off their long hair. Photos showing the male commander taking a pair of scissors to the women’s […]

Trump administration ‘to sell Nigeria planes’ for Boko Haram fight

Image copyright US Air Force Image caption Super Tucano A-29 aircraft can be used for both surveillance and attack The Trump administration plans to sell military planes to Nigeria despite concerns over rights abuses and a botched air strike that killed scores of civilians in January, US media say. Up to a dozen A-29 Super […]

Zambia police detain opposition leader Hichilema over ‘treason’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hakainde Hichilema’s party has accused the government of stifling dissent Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been detained on suspicion of treason, his lawyer says. Mr Hichilema is accused of obstructing the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu when it was travelling to a traditional ceremony at the weekend. Mr Hichilema’s […]

Shell admits dealing with Nigerian criminal

Image copyright PA Shell has admitted for the first time it dealt with a convicted money-launderer when negotiating access to a vast oil field in Nigeria. It comes after emails were published showing Shell negotiated with Dan Etete, who was later convicted of money laundering in a separate case. Shell and an Italian oil company […]

African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reports of African migrants being bought and sold mark a new low in the crisis Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia […]

Syria war: G7 fails to agree sanctions on Russia after ‘chemical attack’

Media captionRex Tillerson: Reign of Assad family coming to an end G7 nations have failed to agree on a proposal by Britain for sanctions against Russia in the wake of a deadly chemical attack they say was carried out by Moscow’s ally, Syria. Italy’s foreign minister said the group did not want to back Russia […]