Kenya election official resigns, saying poll ‘not credible’

Image copyright BBC World Service Newsday programme Image caption Roselyn Akombe said she did not “feel safe enough to be able to go home” in the foreseeable future A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was […]

Somalia blood appeal after Mogadishu truck bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many of those died in the explosion are unable to be formally identified Somalia is appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people. Information Minister Abdirahman Osman told the BBC the death toll was likely to […]

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk The US has called for “calm” after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to “avoid further clashes”. Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region […]

Catalonia: Spain detains two separatists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jordi Cuixart (left) and Jordi Sánchez (right) faced a judge in Madrid on Monday A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist groups, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. The […]

Somalia attack: 165 unidentified bodies buried

Image copyright AFP Image caption The explosions struck two busy junctions in Mogadishu As many as 165 unidentified bodies have been buried after a massive truck bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. At least 276 people have died and the government news agency Sonna says only 111 of them have been identified. […]

Somalia attack: Death toll rises in Mogadishu blast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The explosions struck two busy junctions in Mogadishu As many as 165 unidentified bodies have been buried after a massive bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. At least 276 people have died and the government news agency Sonna says only 111 of them have been identified. A […]

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

Media captionThe death toll continues to rise after the deadly blast A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. […]

Somalia: At least 85 dead in Mogadishu blasts

Media captionThe aftermath of the explosion in Mogadishu A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 85 people, officials say. Dozens more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel on Saturday. It is one of the deadliest attacks […]

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has reinvented Austria’s conservative party, making it more right-wing and tougher on immigration. Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and […]

California wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes continue

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state’s history Forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in California after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes. California’s governor said it was “one of the greatest tragedies” the […]