Parker Solar Probe: Nasa launches mission to ‘touch the Sun’

Media captionThe Parker Solar Probe spacecraft takes off on its mission to the Sun US space agency Nasa has launched its mission to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before. The Parker Solar Probe rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The probe is set to become the fastest-moving manmade object in […]

Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Rescuers used bulldozers to remove the rubble and free trapped people At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said […]

Fancy Greek island life? Cat care into the bargain

Image copyright God’s Little People Cat Rescue Image caption Just a handful of the cats at the sanctuary in Greece Who hasn’t dreamed of giving the rat race up to live on a sunny island? Well, now you can do just that – as long as you like cats. A lot. A job at a […]

Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

Image copyright AFP Image caption A hippo in a Colombian zoo. The teeth are sharp and the animal is aggressive A Chinese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake […]

Caspian Sea: Five countries sign deal to end dispute

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The world’s largest inland body of water is bounded by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan It is a landmark deal that has been more than two decades in the making. Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – all bordering the Caspian Sea – have agreed in principle on […]

Zimbabwe election: Inauguration delayed after result challenged

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the 30 July election, the electoral commission says Sunday’s inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out […]

Kenya tears down ‘illegal’ upmarket mall

Image copyright Peter Mwai/BBC Image caption Buildings on Nairobi River wetlands are being ripped down Mechanical claws of excavators have been tearing into buildings in an upmarket area of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the government’s request. Plush homes and shopping malls are among the 4,000 or so buildings targeted for demolition. Among them, the Ukay […]

Head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

Image caption Benjamin Manirambona (R) was confronted in the exam hall by the minister for education and police officers A head teacher in Burundi has been arrested for trying to disguise himself as a student and sit a national exam on another person’s behalf. Police officers burst into the exam hall where Benjamin Manirambona took […]

Fifa bans Kalusha Bwalya from all football for two years

Kalusha Bwalya is a former African Player of the year, and went on to be coach of Zambia’s national team and president of the Zambia FA Football’s world governing body, Fifa, has banned Zambia’s former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, for two years. Its decision follows an investigation into his links to banned […]

Sunday schools and sheep on bikes

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A woman is among tens of thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrating the return of exiled patriarch Bishop Merkorios to the capital, Addis Ababa, on Friday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boys, who were not born when […]