Gabon poll: Ali Bongo rival Jean Ping claims victory

Gabon poll: Ali Bongo rival Jean Ping claims victory

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Ping announced his victory to supporters in Libreville on Sunday Gabon’s main opposition candidate has claimed victory over President Ali Bongo in Saturday’s poll, alleging electoral fraud. Jean Ping, ex-head of the African Union commission, said he was waiting for the president to call and congratulate him. Mr Bongo, […]

Heavy casualties as Libyan forces advance on IS in Sirte

Media captionPro-government fighters are trying to reclaim Sirte, which was seized by the so-called Islamic State group in February 2015 Militia loyal to Libya’s unity government have suffered heavy casualties as they push into the last two areas of Sirte held by the so-called Islamic State group (IS). Hospital sources told reporters that 34 government […]

Syria war: Turkey kills 25 people in latest round of air strikes

Syria war: Turkey kills 25 people in latest round of air strikes

Image copyright EPA Image caption Turkish tanks returned from Syria on Saturday after operations over the border At least 25 people have been killed as Turkey continues to target Kurdish-held areas in Syria, near the border city of Jarablus. The Turkish military said those killed in Sunday’s air strikes were Kurdish militants. Separately, a monitoring […]

Europe migrant crisis: Germany expects ‘up to 300,000’ this year

Europe migrant crisis: Germany expects ‘up to 300,000’ this year

Image copyright AP Image caption Hundreds of thousands have applied for asylum since the mass influx of migrants into Germany last year Germany expects up to 300,000 migrants to arrive in the country this year, the head of its Federal Office for Migration and Refugees said. Frank-Juergen Weise told the Bild am Sonntag paper that […]

France burkini highest court suspends ban

France burkini highest court suspends ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman in a burkini in Marseille in southern France France’s highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs […]

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Image copyright AP Image caption Resident carried what belongings they could take as they awaited evacuation Civilians and rebel fighters have begun leaving the Syrian town of Darayya after a deal was reached ending a four-year government siege. The first buses left the town, near the capital Damascus, accompanied by ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles. […]

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Zimbabwe anti-Mugabe protest: Police fire tear gas

Image copyright Anonymous Image caption Police fired teargas before the demonstration had started Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and water cannon at opposition supporters who had gathered for a protest march in the capital, Harare. They have also beaten up people wearing red T-shirts, the colour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change […]

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Oscar Pistorius: Bid to challenge six-year jail term fails

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pistorius was sentenced for murder in July South African state prosecutors have failed in their bid to challenge the six-year sentence for murder handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Prosecutors described the Paralympic athlete’s punishment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 as “shockingly lenient”. At the hearing in Pretoria, […]

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Somalia attack: Gunman storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Image copyright EPA Image caption A car bomb was detonated outside the restaurant before gunmen stormed in At least seven people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Police said a car bomb exploded outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area and […]

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation

Image copyright @weskorir Image caption Wesley Korir tweeted images of the area where the athletes are staying Kenyan athletes are stranded in a Rio shanty town where gunshots can be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village, the team captain says. Officials delayed their return home as they looked for a “cheap flight”, said […]