Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pistorius was sentenced for murder in July South African state prosecutors have failed in their bid to challenge the six-year sentence for murder handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Prosecutors described the Paralympic athlete’s punishment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 as “shockingly lenient”. At the hearing in Pretoria, […]

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Image copyright EPA Image caption A car bomb was detonated outside the restaurant before gunmen stormed in At least seven people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Police said a car bomb exploded outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area and […]

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Image copyright @weskorir Image caption Wesley Korir tweeted images of the area where the athletes are staying Kenyan athletes are stranded in a Rio shanty town where gunshots can be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village, the team captain says. Officials delayed their return home as they looked for a “cheap flight”, said […]

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller

Image copyright iStock Image caption The money was taken from a bank safe and swapped with fake notes A bank teller at Somalia’s central bank is on the run after allegedly stealing $530,000 (£402,000), the bank’s governor Bashir Issa Ali has said. Senior cashier Muhidin Mohamed Hassan was behind the scam to exchange US dollar […]

Nigeria banks banned from foreign currency deals

Nigeria banks banned from foreign currency deals

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Bank customers, especially those who import and export goods, will be affected by this ban Nine Nigerian banks have been suspended from foreign currency trading for not paying money owed to the government, a central bank source has told the BBC. The banks are said to be withholding a total […]

South Africa finance minister won’t submit to police

South Africa finance minister won’t submit to police

Image copyright AFP South Africa’s finance minister has said he will not appear before the police despite a request to do so. Pravin Gordhan says allegations against him related to his time as head of South Africa’s tax agency are wholly unfounded. Mr Gordhan says his legal team has advised him he is under no […]

Nigerian arrested for naming dog after President Buhari

Nigerian arrested for naming dog after President Buhari

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dog’s owner said he was inspired by President Buhari’s “dogged” fight against corruption A Nigerian man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari and painted the name on both sides of the dog was arrested for breach of the peace. Joe Fortemose Chinakwe walked Buhari in an area […]

Zola Budd triggered UK cabinet row

Zola Budd triggered UK cabinet row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zola Budd (R) competing during the 3,000m in the 1984 Olympics A campaign to fast-track British citizenship for South African runner Zola Budd triggered a major government rift, newly released documents show. The Foreign Office warned the Home Office against giving the teenage athlete “special treatment” to enable her […]

DR Congo elections: Opposition strike cripples Kinshasa

DR Congo elections: Opposition strike cripples Kinshasa

Image caption The capital is a stronghold of the opposition A strike called by the opposition to force the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila to step down at the end of his term has crippled businesses in the capital. Shops in Kinshasa were closed and streets were mostly empty, says the BBC’s Poly […]

South Africa rand falls on Pravin Gordhan arrest rumour – BBC News

South Africa rand falls on Pravin Gordhan arrest rumour – BBC News

Image copyright AFP South Africa’s currency, the rand, has fallen following speculation that the country’s finance minister could be arrested imminently. The Treasury confirmed that Pravin Gordhan was taking legal advice having been contacted by the elite police unit, the Hawks. The rand fell more than 1% against the US dollar on Wednesday morning. Domestic […]

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