Ethiopia PM ‘misquoted’ over prisoners

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn said a new detention centre will comply with international standards Ethiopia’s government has denied that all political prisoners will be freed, saying that only some imprisoned politicians will be pardoned. An aide to the prime minister said a mistranslation led to him being quoted as saying that all […]

‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

Image copyright AFP Image caption Post-surgery survival rates are lower across Africa despite patients undergoing “more minor” operations Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to […]

Trump-Bannon row: White House lawyers threaten former aide

Media captionFive things Trump thinks about Bannon now US President Donald Trump’s lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement. The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff. Wolff’s forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for […]

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets Iran has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in “numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts” which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days […]

Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers’ legs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large quantities of Afghan heroin reach Turkey via Iran Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has been criticised for saying police should break the legs of drug dealers who are seen outside schools. The Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and secular opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet both accused Mr Soylu of incitement […]

South Africa train crash: Four dead in truck collision

Image copyright @ER24EMS Image caption The truck apparently failed to stop at a crossing A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing four people and injuring 40, rescue workers have said. Video footage showed a fire blazing through at least one carriage, near an overturned truck and car. […]

Ethiopia to release political prisoners, says prime minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn said a new detention centre will comply with international standards In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced the release of political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre, allegedly used as a torture chamber. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference the move was designed […]

Equatorial Guinea ‘stops coup attempt by mercenaries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Teodoro Obiang Nguema has been in power in the sub-Saharan country since 1979 Mercenaries have attempted to launch a coup in the Western African state of Equatorial Guinea, its government says. At least 30 armed men from Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic were arrested late last month, a […]

Ethiopia to release all political prisoners, says prime minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn said a new detention centre will comply with international standards Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre which allegedly used torture to extract confessions. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference charges would also be dropped for […]

Zambia foreign minister Harry Kalaba resigns over ‘greed’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Harry Kalaba (pictured in 2015) has quit his cabinet role Zambia’s foreign minister has announced his resignation in a scathing Facebook post, denouncing the country’s “path of insatiable greed and shame”. Henry Kalaba said his decision was prompted by the “swelling” levels of corruption “perpetrated by those who are expected […]

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