• Terror in Burkina Faso: 126 people rescued, 20 people have died
    2016-01-16 08:51:11 UTC

    Breaking News: Operation at hotel in Burkina Faso capital ends; 126 hostages freed: security minister At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when suspected Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility. Security forces began ...
  • Oscar Pistorius verdict changed to murder
    2015-12-03 09:37:59 UTC

    Oscar Pistorius is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail. Pistorius will have to return to court to be re-sentenced, for murder. He killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 after shooting her four times through a locked toilet door. South Africa's Supreme ...
  • Top Islamist 'killed' in US strike
    2015-06-15 08:29:51 UTC

    A veteran Islamist militant blamed for a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field and who ran smuggling routes across North Africa has been killed in a U.S. air strike inside Libya, Libya's government said on Sunday. The recognized government said the strike had killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant who became a major figure...
  • Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole
    2015-06-09 08:09:52 UTC

    (Reuters) - Opinion in South Africa is sharply divided over reports that Olympic and Paralympic track star, Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on parole in August, after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Rudi Bakhtier reports. It came as no surprise in So...
  • Up to 400 migrants die in boat capsize off Libya
    2015-04-15 05:42:26 UTC

    Rome (AFP) - Up to 400 illegal migrants died after their vessel capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were brought to Italy, where tension is mounting over a surge in boat arrivals from North Africa. The Italian coastguard on Monday said they had managed to rescue 144 of the people on the sunken vessel, while n...
  • Kenya's air force bombed al Shabaab camps in Somalia
    2016-01-19 02:47:12 UTC

    <hr><blockquote><h3><i><a href="">Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump — According to polling data, Donal Trump may dominate the GOP race but compared to the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still takes the lead in the 2016 presidential election.</h3></a></i></blockquote><hr> (Reuters) - The Keny...
  • Somali militants threaten more bloody attacks against Kenya after they killed nearly 150 people
    2016-01-19 02:53:45 UTC

    <hr><blockquote><h3><i><a href="">Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump — According to polling data, Donal Trump may dominate the GOP race but compared to the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still takes the lead in the 2016 presidential election.</h3></a></i></blockquote><hr> Kenya (Reuters) - ...
  • Opposition ( Muhammadu Buhari ) wins Nigeria election
    2015-03-31 20:15:00 UTC

    Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win presidential elections in Nigeria. Gen Buhari's party said his opponent, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, had admitted defeat and congratulated him. Mr Jonathan trailed Gen Buhari by about two million votes when he conceded. Observers have generally ...
  • World's First Successful Penis Transplant
    2015-03-13 18:52:24 UTC

    "IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF THIS FIRST SUCCESSFUL PENIS TRANSPLANT IN THE WORLD." Johannesburg - "We've proved that it can be done — we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had," Frank Graewe, head of the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital i...
  • WHO: The Ebola outbreak is 'spreading too fast'
    2014-08-01 17:53:03 UTC

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said. She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain Ebola could be "catastrophic" in terms of lives lost. But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African...
  • Ebola outbreak: Asky bans flights in West Africa
    2014-07-29 17:40:43 UTC

    A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time". The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to ...
  • Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies
    2014-07-26 22:32:39 UTC

    A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials have told the BBC. Her family had forcibly removed her from a public hospital on Thursday. Since February, more than 660 people have died of Ebola in West Africa - the world's deadliest outbreak to...
  • Air Algerie AH5017: 'No survivors' from crash in Mali
    2014-07-25 21:58:21 UTC

    There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. Mr Hollande said one flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near Mali's border with Burkina Faso. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane ear...
  • 'Many dead' after Boko Haram Islamist attacked Damboa
    2014-07-19 08:05:28 UTC

    Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town's main market. At least 18 bodies so far have been recovered from the attack, which lasted for several hours. The death toll is expecte...
  • World celebrates 1st Mandela Day since icon´s death
    2014-07-18 06:17:02 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG: People around the world celebrating "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader´s death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday. For the past five years millions have volunteered 67 minutes of their time on July 18 for the common good to mark Nelson Mandela´s 67 ...
  • Deadly car bomb rocks Somalia parliament building
    2014-07-06 00:21:25 UTC

    Several people have been killed as a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia's parliament on Saturday, police and witnesses said. Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge of attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, during Islam's holy month of Ramadan. "A car loaded with ex...
  • Oscar Pistorius was Not Suffering From Mental Condition
    2014-06-30 09:39:13 UTC

    Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental condition on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to a report submitted in South African court today. The athlete’s murder trial had been delayed for one month for Pistorius to receive a mental evaluation, after a witness claimed that Pisto...
  • Deadly blast hits Nigerian mall
    2014-06-25 22:57:01 UTC

    At least 21 people have died after an explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja. The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country's Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many shops at the mall have TV screens but it was unclear if the explosion was timed to coincide with the ma...
  • WHO: Ebola deaths pass 300 in West Africa
    2014-06-19 05:34:38 UTC

    The number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 337, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Fourteen deaths and 47 new cases were reported across the region over the last week, it added. Guinea is worst-affected with 264 Ebola-related deaths. In Sierra Leone, there have been 49 deaths and ...
  • Islamists deadly attacks on Kenyan coast
    2014-06-17 08:24:55 UTC

    Somali-linked Islamist militants have killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, after a raid on the town of Mpeketoni left at least 50 dead, the Kenya Red Cross and the Somali rebel group have said. The Red Cross coordinator for the coast, Mwanaisha Hamisi, told Reuters that on Monday night gunmen h...
  • Defence witness: Oscar Pistorius has an 'anxiety disorder'
    2014-06-11 07:55:07 UTC

    Pretoria, South Africa - Prosecutors will apply to have Oscar Pistorius committed for one month of mental evaluations after a psychiatrist on Monday told his murder trial the Paralympian suffered from an "anxiety disorder". Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued the sprinter should go to a facility for 30 days to test a defence psychiatrist's...
  • Boko Haram attacks: Goodluck Jonathan is facing public opposition
    2014-06-06 06:20:06 UTC

    <h3>A suspected Boko Haram attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria has reportedly left hundreds of people dead. Witnesses said the gunmen from the Islamist militant group were dressed as soldiers.</h3>In a bid to fight back against a military offensive, suspected Boko Haram gunmen in the Gwoza local government district in Borno stat...
  • Nigeria army 'knows where the kidnapped girls are located'
    2014-05-27 00:48:20 UTC

    Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff said it was "good news for the parents," although he admitted the military would not risk "going there with force." More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in April. Earlier, the BBC learned that a deal to release some of the girls was close but...
  • UN Security Council: Boko Haram designated as a branch of al Qaeda
    2014-05-23 05:40:45 UTC

    New York - At the request of the Nigerian government, the UN Security Council took action against the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. In a decision that was met with no opposition by any of its 15 members, the Council placed Boko Haram on a blacklist of al Qaeda-linked groups on Thursday. The terrorist cell now faces an arms embar...
  • Islamist militants blamed for killing 30 people in Nigeria
    2014-05-21 23:09:11 UTC

    The AFP news agency reported that Boko Haram gunmen carried out two attacks near Chibok, the northeastern Nigerian town where the Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month. News of both attacks surfaced hours after twin blasts in the central Nigerian town of Jos on Tuesday. At least 118 people died in the bombings at a ...