California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

Media captionFootage captures the moment a motorist risked his life to rescue a wild animal amid California wildfires Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego on Thursday after a new blaze spread from 10 […]

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption The Tomioka Hachimangu shrine is famous for a summer festival in August An attack believed to have been sparked by a succession feud has left three people dead at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The chief priestess was stabbed to death, reportedly by her brother. A bloodied Samurai sword […]

Bryan Singer: Director denies raping 17-year-old boy

Bryan Singer: Director denies raping 17-year-old boy

Image copyright Getty Images Film director Bryan Singer has denied sexual assault after being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy. According to court filings obtained by Deadline, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has alleged he was sexually assaulted by the director on a yacht in 2003. In a statement, a representative for Singer said the director “categorically […]

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bitcoin’s value has been volatile in recent weeks Bitcoin briefly crossed through the $17,000 (£12,615) mark on Friday, extending its record-breaking run. The cryptocurrency has soared about 70% this week according to Coindesk.com, despite fresh warnings of a dangerous bubble. Its dramatic rise has been likened to a “charging train […]

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Image copyright Reuters/ EPA Image caption George Weah (L) and Joseph Boakai will now go head-to-head in a presidential run-off Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – […]

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Giza al-Bahriya area of Sirte, days after the entire city was captured from IS in December 2016 One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents have complained of the scale of destruction that remains. Months […]

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Image copyright Reuters Zimbabwe has taken steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year authoritarian rule. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51% locally owned. He said privatisation […]

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was expected to make sure that his troops defeated militant Islamists Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least […]

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Media captionAnalysis: Breaking down what Mr Trump said and what it means for peace Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Saudi Arabia called it “unjustified and irresponsible”, while France and the UK said they did not support the decision. But Israeli PM Benjamin […]

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than seven million people are struggling to feed themselves, aid workers say Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by […]