‘Abacha loot’: Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria

Image caption The late ruler is suspected to have embezzled about $2.2bn from Nigeria’s central bank The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria’s late military ruler Sani Abacha. The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his […]

Nigerian governor’s sister made ‘Commissioner of Happiness’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rochas Okorocha, Imo State governor, made a bid for the presidency in 2014 A Nigerian governor has created a new role for his sister – as commissioner for happiness and couples’ fulfilment. Rochas Okorocha unveiled the post during the swearing in of 27 other new commissioners for Imo State. […]

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa takes lead in ANC president race

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jacob Zuma (L) will be replaced as ANC leader by either Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (C) or Cyril Ramaphosa (R) this month South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, has a strong lead in the race to become the new leader of the governing African National Congress. He emerged as frontrunner after […]

German tourist shot dead in Ethiopia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Erta Ale volcano is popular with tourists A German tourist has been shot dead and a guide injured during a visit to a volcano in north-eastern Ethiopia. They were part of a group which had travelled to the Erta Ale volcano. It is not known who carried out the […]

Nelson Mandela funeral: ‘Millions misspent’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Four years have passed since South African hero Nelson Mandela died South Africa’s corruption watchdog has found officials misused millions of dollars during Nelson Mandela’s funeral four years ago. According to the report, 300m rand ($22m; £16m) was redirected from a development fund to help with costs. It had been […]

Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Image copyright Reuters A giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m ($4.8m; €5.5m). Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, won the precious stone – nicknamed the “peace diamond” – in bidding on Monday. Half of the proceeds – $3.8m – will be used to fund infrastructure […]

Nigeria’s #ENDSARS campaign at police brutality video

Image copyright Nigerian Police Force Image caption A petition has been launched to disband the Anti-Robbery Squad SARS Nigeria’s police chief has ordered an immediate re-organisation of the anti-robbery unit after a social media outcry over alleged police brutality. The campaign began when footage was shared allegedly showing the aftermath of the police killing of […]

Malta arrests eight over Caruana Galizia car bomb murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Caruana Galizia was an investigative journalist Police in Malta have arrested eight Maltese nationals in connection with the car bomb murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters that police operations were under way in the town of Marsa, and the Bugibba and Zebbug areas. […]

North Korea: US in race to address threat, says HR McMaster

Image copyright Reuters Image caption HR McMaster says there is not much time left to solve the problem White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the US is “in a race” to address the threat from North Korea. The potential for war is increasing every day but armed conflict is not the only solution, […]

South Korea boat collision leaves 13 dead

Media captionSouth Korea’s coast guard divers search for survivors At least 13 people have died after a fishing boat collided with a 336-tonne tanker and capsized off South Korea’s west coast. Two others were missing, South Korea’s coast guard said, as a search and rescue operation continued. The chartered fishing boat, the Seonchang-1, had been […]