BBC starts Pidgin digital service for West Africa audiences

Media captionBBC Pidgin: Meet the team A new language service for digital platforms in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa has been launched by the BBC World Service. Pidgin is one of the most widely-spoken languages across the region, even though it is not officially recognised. The launch is part of the World Service’s […]

US Navy ship collides with oil tanker off Singapore

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The USS John McCain was performing a routine stop when it struck an oil tanker A US guided-missile destroyer has collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says. Ten sailors are missing, media reports say. A search and rescue operation is under way. […]

US-South Korea set for divisive military drills

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Foal Eagle, held earlier this year, saw US and South Korean troops practice a beach landing The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send […]

Grace Mugabe: South Africa grants immunity despite assault claim

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Mugabe failed to show at a summit in Pretoria on Saturday South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to leave the country without answering questions about an assault allegation. President Robert Mugabe and his wife arrived back in Harare early on Sunday. […]

BBC Pidgin: Meet the team

“We don land gidigba!’ (We’ve finally arrived!) That’s the message from the new team behind the BBC’s Pidgin service, which launches on Monday as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s. Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75m people in Nigeria alone, with additional speakers across West and Central […]

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Buhari, 74, walked unaided from the plane Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after three months of medical leave in the UK. Officials refused to disclose what he was being treated for. It was the president’s second spell of medical leave this year – leading many Nigerians to […]

South Africa minister Mduduzi Manana resigns over assault claim

Image copyright SA Government Image caption Mduduzi Manana became deputy education minister in 2012 A South African minister has resigned amid accusations he assaulted a woman in a nightclub earlier this month. Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana appeared in court last week to face the assault charge. He is accused of hitting the woman during […]

Grace Mugabe fails to appear at leaders summit in SA

Image copyright AFP Image caption A “red alert” was set up at the border to stop Mrs Mugabe fleeing South Africa The wife of the Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, has failed to appear at the start of a regional leaders summit in South Africa. Grace Mugabe, 52, is claiming diplomatic immunity after she was accused […]

Congo mudslide death toll ‘to rise to 200’

The death toll from Wednesday’s landslide in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to rise above 200, officials say. Most of the dead are from a fishing community on Lake Albert. Officials say the figure is based on the number of households buried after heavy rains caused parts of a nearby mountain to collapse. […]

Rwanda President Paul Kagame critical of foreign meddling

Image copyright AFP Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has thanked the people for re-electing him for a third term and criticised attempts to interfere in the country’s politics. He was speaking soon after taking the oath of office at the Amahoro National Stadium in the capital, Kigali. The ceremony was attended by dozens of African leaders […]

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