After IS, Libya yearns for normality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Giza al-Bahriya area of Sirte, days after the entire city was captured from IS in December 2016 One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents have complained of the scale of destruction that remains. Months […]

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Image copyright Reuters Zimbabwe has taken steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year authoritarian rule. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51% locally owned. He said privatisation […]

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was expected to make sure that his troops defeated militant Islamists Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least […]

Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage

Image copyright EPA Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters outside Australia’s parliament on Thursday Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to change the Marriage Act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate. The vote set […]

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than seven million people are struggling to feed themselves, aid workers say Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by […]

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

Image caption The skeleton was discovered in the Sterkfontein caves One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of humankind’s ancestors has been unveiled in South Africa. A team spent more than 20 years excavating, cleaning and putting together the skeleton of Little Foot. Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say the […]

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later. Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years. […]

Johnny Hallyday: French rock star dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday: French rock star dies at 74

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hallyday broke from France’s classic “chanson” tradition in the 1950s, starting singing rock and roll in French France’s biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74. The singer sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in […]

US homeless people numbers rise for first time in seven years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Los Angeles is one of several cities pushing the national average higher The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010. Just under 554,000 people were homeless, a report from the department of housing and urban development said. West Coast cities […]

Zanzibar-born artist wins Turner Prize

Media captionLubaina Himid was congratulated by presenter Goldie Lubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award. The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery. The judges praised her “uncompromising tackling […]