Letter from Africa: Heroes and villains of Nigeria’s parliament siege

Letter from Africa: Heroes and villains of Nigeria’s parliament siege

Image copyright Reuters In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says scenes resembling a coup in her country have left many scratching their heads. Nigerians still can’t say for sure why armed, masked men held our country’s parliament under siege last week. But the alarming incident had a […]

Arms depot blast in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Arms depot blast in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Media captionRescue workers pulled children from the rubble At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. […]

Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days

Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days

Image copyright Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research Image caption Whale J35 is seen here earlier supporting her dead calf A killer whale has stopped carrying her dead newborn calf after at least 17 days, during which she covered 1,000 miles (1,600km), scientists say. The whale “vigorously chased a school of salmon with her pod-mates […]

Seattle-Tacoma plane hijacker ‘had full airport credentials’

Seattle-Tacoma plane hijacker ‘had full airport credentials’

Media captionStolen plane: Footage shows aerial stunts A man who stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle airport and then crashed it was an airline worker with full credentials, authorities say. The 29-year-old had worked for Horizon Air for more than three years, towing and tidying aircraft and loading bags. The man, not yet named, […]

Turkey’s Erdogan condemns ‘shameful’ US over detained pastor

Turkey’s Erdogan condemns ‘shameful’ US over detained pastor

Image copyright AFP Image caption The pastor is only one of a number of issues dividing Mr Trump and Mr Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of trying to “bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor”. The US has demanded the release of Andrew Brunson and on Friday […]

Zimbabwe election: Inauguration delayed after result challenged

Zimbabwe election: Inauguration delayed after result challenged

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the 30 July election, the electoral commission says Sunday’s inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out […]

Kenya tears down ‘illegal’ upmarket mall

Kenya tears down ‘illegal’ upmarket mall

Image copyright Peter Mwai/BBC Image caption Buildings on Nairobi River wetlands are being ripped down Mechanical claws of excavators have been tearing into buildings in an upmarket area of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the government’s request. Plush homes and shopping malls are among the 4,000 or so buildings targeted for demolition. Among them, the Ukay […]

Head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

Head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

Image caption Benjamin Manirambona (R) was confronted in the exam hall by the minister for education and police officers A head teacher in Burundi has been arrested for trying to disguise himself as a student and sit a national exam on another person’s behalf. Police officers burst into the exam hall where Benjamin Manirambona took […]

Zimbabwe election: MDC’s Chamisa mounts legal challenge against result

Zimbabwe election: MDC’s Chamisa mounts legal challenge against result

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa believes he was cheated out of the presidential election Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has filed a legal challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent election victory. Mr Chamisa says he has evidence to show that he was cheated out of the 30 July presidential election. […]

Fifa bans Kalusha Bwalya from all football for two years

Fifa bans Kalusha Bwalya from all football for two years

Kalusha Bwalya is a former African Player of the year, and went on to be coach of Zambia’s national team and president of the Zambia FA Zambia’s former African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, has been banned for two years by world governing body Fifa. It follows a Fifa investigation into his links to […]