Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Defender Moise Brou Apanga played 33 times for Gabon including at two Africa Cup of Nations Tributes have been paid to former Gabon international Moise Brou Apanga who died on Wednesday from a suspected heart attack. The 35-year-old collapsed during a training session with his Gabonese club FC 105 Libreville. He played for the Panthers […]

Why Oba of Lagos ‘snubbing’ Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

Image copyright NEWSNOW Image caption Oba of Lagos (L) dismissed the Ooni of Ife’s( R) outstretched hand with a wave Video footage showing a traditional leader, the Oba of Lagos, seemingly snubbing the Yoruba “king of kings”, the Ooni of Ife, at a public event has shocked many Nigerians. Journalist Ugochukwu Ikeakor explains why it […]

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in top-flight baseball

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gift Ngoepe signed for Pittsburgh in 2008 South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe has become the first Africa-born player to feature in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. He made his top-flight debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs. Ngoepe, 27, grew up in Randburg, near Johannesburg, […]

North Korea tensions: US ready to ‘bring Kim Jong-un to his senses’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Vinson battle group has been conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea The US military’s top commander in the Pacific has said an advanced missile defence system in South Korea aims to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “to his senses, not to his knees”. Adm […]

South Africa’s nuclear deals unlawful, court rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa currently has one nuclear plant A South African court has annulled initial agreements the government reached with three countries to help it build nuclear power stations. The deals with Russia, the US and South Korea were unlawful, the court ruled. The government failed to hold public hearings and […]

Primitive human ‘lived much more recently’

Image copyright John Hawks Image caption Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests. The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were […]

Tanzania expels UNDP head Awa Dabo

Image copyright UNDP Tanzania Image caption Awa Dabo (L) pictured with Tanzanian President John Magufuli (R) Tanzania has expelled the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. It blamed Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, for the “deteriorating performance” of her office, driven by […]

Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women’s summit

Media captionIvanka Trump explains her praise for her father Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father’s attitude towards women at the G20 women’s summit in Berlin. The First Daughter was taking part in a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs alongside German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. […]

Row over Egyptian woman weight loss

Image copyright Saifee hospital The sister of Eman Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman thought to have been the world’s heaviest, has accused doctors of lying about her weight loss after surgery in India. She underwent surgery in Mumbai’s Saifee hospital, and last week doctors said she had lost 250kg (550lbs). But her sister said […]