Zimbabwe sacks thousands of nurses on strike

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabwe’s nurses’ association said it “taken note” of the mass sacking – but that the strike would go on Zimbabwe’s government has sacked more than 10,000 nurses who went on strike on Monday, in an apparently hardline attempt to quell labour unrest. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga said the nurses had refused […]

Diamond Platnumz is in trouble for a kiss

One of Africa’s top musicians – Diamond Platnumz – has been questioned by Tanzanian police after posting a video clip of himself playfully kissing a woman on Instagram, which authorities say is indecent. It comes a few weeks after the award-winning “bongo flava” hip hop star threatened to leave the East African nation when his […]

Sandy Hook parents sue radio host Alex Jones for defamation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lawsuits were filed in Texas, where Mr Jones lives and works Three parents whose young children were killed in a school shooting in 2012 have sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation. Mr Jones has long claimed on his radio show and InfoWars website that the Sandy […]

Philadelphia jet in emergency landing as engine ‘explodes’

Media captionVideo shows exploded plane engine A US passenger jet has made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after part of the covering on its left engine got ripped off. A window and part of the fuselage were also damaged, officials say. The Southwest Airlines plane was flying from New York’s La Guardia airport to Dallas, […]

IMF predicts stronger growth but warns of risks

Image copyright Getty Images The International Monetary Fund has forecast that 2018 will be the strongest year for global growth since 2011. In its new assessment of the World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicts growth this year and next of 3.9%. However, it warned that performance could be curtailed by trade barriers. For the UK, […]

Cryptocurrency billionaire dies at 54

Image copyright PA Image caption Banking tycoon Matthew Mellon, pictured here in 2007, died in Mexico The US billionaire Matthew Mellon, who made a fortune in digital currency, has died at the age of 54, his family says. Mr Mellon had struggled with drug addiction, and a family representative said he died at a rehabilitation […]

Diamond Platinumz is in trouble for a kiss

One of Africa’s top musicians – Diamond Platnumz – has been questioned by Tanzanian police after posting a video clip of himself playfully kissing a woman on Instagram, which authorities say is indecent. It comes a few weeks after the award-winning “bongo flava” hip hop star threatened to leave the East African nation when his […]

Theresa May ‘deeply regrets’ UK’s colonial anti-gay laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A gay man from Uganda, where gay sex is banned, felt the need to cover his face when seeking asylum in the US British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she deeply regrets the UK’s role in criminalising same-sex relations in its former colonies. The laws were passed under […]

‘Malaria killed my daughter, I’m protecting others now’

Three faded photographs of Ami as a toddler are Elhadj Diop’s only tangible mementoes of his daughter. Yet she comes alive in the intensity of his voice, as he recounts her last two days of life. Ami was 12 when she died from malaria on 10 October 1999. Since then Mr Diop, now 64, has […]

Rwanda football coach sacked over sex claims wins pay-off

Image copyright Grace Nyinawumuntu Image caption Grace Nyinawumuntu says that the sex assault allegations were false A Rwandan women’s football coach sacked over allegations she had sexually assaulted her players has welcomed a court verdict to award her $47,000 (£32,000) for wrongful dismissal. Grace Nyinawumuntu, a former national coach, told the BBC she was now […]