June 24, 2017

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies at 91

Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports the AFP news agency. He was also involved in peace initiatives across Africa, including […]
June 23, 2017

UK schoolboys wear skirts to protest against ban on shorts

Teenage boys at a school in Exeter, United Kingdom, went to school Friday wearing skirts in protest at a ban on wearing shorts. Around 50 pupils at ISCA Academy are understood to be taking part in the protest after a small group of boys came to school in girls’ uniform Thursday. “My son wanted to wear shorts but […]
June 23, 2017

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the power. Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, […]
June 22, 2017

India arrests 15 for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket win

Police in central India have arrested 15 Muslim men and charged them with sedition – punishable by life in prison – for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy cricket final. The men, aged 19 to 35, were arrested in central Madhya Pradesh state’s Burhanpur district after locals complained that they shouted pro-Pakistan […]
June 22, 2017

Congo peacekeepers accused of sex abuse to leave CAR

About 600 troops from Congo Republic serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic will be returning home following allegations of sex abuse, the United Nations announced on Wednesday. President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s government “decided to withdraw” the troops deployed in the MINUSCA mission after the commander complained of misconduct, a UN statement said. […]
June 21, 2017

South Sudan no longer in famine

South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the report warns that the situation remains desperate as the number of people at risk of starvation has increased in the last month. The famine, announced in February, was the first be declared anywhere in […]
June 21, 2017

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying in the streets. The truce, signed in Rome on Monday, included an […]
June 20, 2017

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad. Abas Abdullahi Siraji was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook him for a militant Islamist. The minister’s death caused shock […]
June 20, 2017

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “brutal regime” after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months. North Korea returned Otto Warmbier, 22, to the US last week, saying he had been in a coma for a year and that it was acting on […]
June 20, 2017

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Barclays PLC and four former executives have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and the provision of unlawful financial assistance. The Serious Fraud Office charges come at the end of a five-year investigation and relate to the bank’s fundraising at the height of 2008’s financial crisis. Former chief executive John Varley is one of […]
June 20, 2017

Cops beat up teen after bank teller mistakes his erection for a pistol

A 17-year-old teenager is now lying in critical condition at the Detroit Medical Center after he was believed to be attempting a holdup at the Detroit Liberty Bank and was shot at twelve times by police officers. Jamal Freeman was brutally beaten by six police officers after trying to flee the scene until he surrendered […]
June 19, 2017

Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort

Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country’s security minister has said. “It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released,” Salif Traore told AFP news agency. He said one victim was Franco-Gabonese. The Portuguese army says a Portuguese soldier […]
June 19, 2017

Van Hits Pedestrians At Finsbury Park Mosque In London

A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque. A 48-year-old man was arrested following the collision just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. Counter terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said. The Muslim […]
June 16, 2017

Cheick Tiote’s body finally home for burial

Cheick Tiote’s body has been flown back to Ivory Coast where a private funeral for the Beijing Enterprises midfielder will take place. Tiote, 30, who was a member of the Elephants squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, collapsed and died during a training session with his Chinese club last week. On Tuesday […]
June 15, 2017

Trump-Russia inquiry: President ‘probed for obstruction of justice’

President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, US media reports say. They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed about whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser. Mr Trump’s legal team said the latest leak to the media was […]