#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call

Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter A call for South Africans to boycott social media for a day to protest against high data costs has ironically seen #SocialMediaBlackout trend. Musician and activist Ntsiki Mazwai had urged South Africans to log off and not buy data to pressure mobile providers. Discontent over internet service charges in the country […]

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying […]

Man shot in Brussels rail station amid bomb belt claims

Media captionPolice arrive after explosion in Brussels central train station A man has triggered a small explosion in Brussels Central Station, a spokesman for the Belgian federal police told the BBC. The man was shot by soldiers inside the station and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Police say the situation is under […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by the Reuters news agency, is […]

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 […]