South African parents sue after son drowns in latrine

Image copyright Kirsten Whitefield Image caption Public interest law centre Section 27 is helping Michael’s parents take the case to court The mother of a five-year-old South African boy who died after falling into a pit latrine at school has broken down in court as she described finding his body. Michael Komape’s mother Rosina took […]

Gaydar founder Henry Badenhorst dies in South Africa

Skip Twitter post by @Gaydar End of Twitter post by @Gaydar The founder of groundbreaking dating site Gaydar has died in his native South Africa. Henry Badenhorst, 51, died after falling from a tower block on Saturday, news website Buzzfeed reported. He died a decade after his co-founder and former partner Gary Frisch fell to […]

South African church group attacks Johannesburg police

South African church group attacks Johannesburg police

Skip Youtube post by SABC Digital News End of Youtube post by SABC Digital News Image Copyright SABC Digital News SABC Digital News A South African police officer is recovering in hospital after being attacked by members of a church. The incident happened when traffic officers tried to tow away a car belonging to a […]

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Media captionA Kurdish TV channel was live on air during the earthquake A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 335 people and injuring thousands more. One Iranian aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year. The majority of […]

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Consumption of coal has grown once again in China after three years of decline Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been […]

Train crash ‘kills 33’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

Train crash ‘kills 33’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

A train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 33 people, UN radio station Okapi reports. It happened in Buyofwe in the province Lualaba, in the south of the country. Radio Okapi said that the train caught fire after crashing into a ravine. According to reports, it was carrying flammable material. The train […]

Mass graves discovered in Iraq

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces inspect the site where they say hundreds of bodies have been buried Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State (IS) fighters until last month. Kirkuk province’s governor, Rakan Said, said they were found […]

BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017: The five contenders

The five-man shortlist of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah has been revealed and voting for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017 is now open. If you are viewing this page on the BBC News app please click here to vote. Here, BBC Sport profiles the men in […]

Egypt drugs case: Briton to face criminal trial

Image copyright Facebook A British woman held in Egypt on drug smuggling charges has been referred to a criminal court for trial. Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested last month accused of entering the country with 300 Tramadol tablets, a painkiller legal in the UK but not in Egypt. She will remain in custody at a […]

Trump and Putin ‘agree to defeat IS in Syria’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin (L) and Donald Trump have kept the world guessing about whether they would formally meet in Vietnam US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to defeat so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Kremlin says. It said a statement was prepared by experts after […]

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