Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting this message, indicating a ransomware attack is to blame. Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted […]

Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote

Image caption Republicans will delay their vote on health insurance legislation US Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on their healthcare bill until after next week’s 4 July holiday. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a setback to their plan to replace Obamacare. Five Republican senators had vowed to oppose the bill, […]

French woman guilty of smuggling migrant partner but spared jail

Media captionBéatrice Huret: ‘I did it out of love’ A woman put on trial in France for helping her romantic partner cross the border from the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais to the UK has escaped a jail sentence. Béatrice Huret, a former supporter of the far-right National Front, was found guilty of aiding an […]

Colombia’s Farc officially ceases to be an armed group

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Santos (left) and Farc leader Timochenko attended a ceremony in Mesetas Colombia’s Farc rebel group has formally ended its existence as an armed group, putting an end to half a century of violent conflict. In a ceremony which ended the disarmament process, President Juan Manuel Santos said the “peace […]

Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim girls were shocked to be targeted by racists during a trip to visit Holocaust memorials German Muslim schoolgirls who went on a visit to Holocaust memorials in eastern Poland say they were racially abused by locals during their trip. The girls, from a Berlin school, spoke on Deutschlandfunk radio […]

George Soros ‘plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea’s leader’

Image copyright EPA Image caption US billionaire George Soros has not commented on the claims Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow the country’s government. He said he had warned President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest […]

Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

Image copyright Borno State Image caption The trenches are designed to make it impossible for the militants to drive into the university Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university […]

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Image copyright World Food Prize Image caption Access to seeds and fertilisers has proven problematic for millions of farmers in Africa African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes. Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was […]

Niger migrants: 52 die during desert crossing

Image copyright AFP Image caption A journey through the desert can be just as perilous for migrants as a sea crossing Fifty-two migrants have been found dead in the deserts of central Niger, near Séguédine. A group of 75 set out in three vehicles but were abandoned by traffickers, who feared the security forces. A […]

Al-Qaeda: Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be “happy” and “overwhelmed” following his release Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says. Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement […]

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