Sierra Leone pastor finds huge diamond in Kono

Sierra Leone pastor finds huge diamond in Kono

Image copyright Olivia Acland Image caption Artisanal, or freelance, miners are a common sight in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich Kono district A Christian pastor has discovered one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds in Sierra Leone’s Kono district. The diamond, weighing 709 carats, is now locked up in Sierra Leone’s central bank in Freetown. It is […]

Africa gets new football head after 29 years

Africa gets new football head after 29 years

Ahmad is held aloft after being elected Caf president Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign. Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday. The result means a change in leadership for […]

Ethiopia landslide: Number of dead at rubbish dump hits 113

Ethiopia landslide: Number of dead at rubbish dump hits 113

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescue teams are using excavators to dig through piles of rubbish The death toll from Saturday’s landslide at a vast dump in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, has now risen to 113 people, local officials say. A search operation at the Koshe landfill will continue overnight. As many as 150 people […]

Tanzania broadcaster suspends staff over fake Trump news

Tanzania broadcaster suspends staff over fake Trump news

Image copyright AFP Image caption President John Magufuli has a reputation of being a no-nonsense leader Tanzanian public broadcaster TBC has suspended nine staff after it aired a hoax story saying that US President Donald Trump had praised President John Magufuli’s performance. The article appeared on a website called Fox Channel. The story, which was […]

Somalia ship hijack: ‘Pirates’ demand ransom

Somalia ship hijack: ‘Pirates’ demand ransom

Image copyright Mohamed Deeq – SBC Image caption The Sri Lankan-flagged tanker was sailing to Mogadishu Hijackers holding an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia are demanding a ransom, the European Union anti-piracy naval force says. The EU force made contact with the ship’s master who said his vessel and crew were being held […]

South Sudan gunmen ‘kill 28’ in Ethiopia

South Sudan gunmen ‘kill 28’ in Ethiopia

Image caption Ethiopia shares a long border with South Sudan and cross-border raids are not uncommon. South Sudanese gunmen killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in Ethiopia’s Gambella province, an Ethiopian official says. Men from the Murle community, who crossed into Ethiopia, are being blamed. Feuding communities on both sides of the border have […]

Bundles of banknotes seized at Nigeria’s Kaduna airport

Bundles of banknotes seized at Nigeria’s Kaduna airport

Image copyright EFCC Image caption The EFCC is looking into whether the seized cash is linked to any crime Large sacks containing bundles of “crispy” banknotes worth a total of $155,000 (£130,000) have been seized at a Nigerian airport, officials say. The cash, in the local naira currency, was found near Kaduna airport’s check-in and […]

Somalia ship hijack: ‘Pirates’ demand ransom

Somalia ship hijack: ‘Pirates’ demand ransom

Image copyright Mohamed Deeq – SBC Image caption The Sri Lankan-flagged tanker was sailing to Mogadishu Hijackers holding an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia are demanding a ransom, the European Union anti-piracy naval force says. The EU force made contact with the ship’s master who said his vessel and crew were being held […]

UK launches East Africa emergency appeal

UK launches East Africa emergency appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Sir Mo Farah has said it “breaks his heart” to hear how families are facing starvation in East Africa as he backed a UK charity fundraising appeal. The Olympian said it “hurts to see children without food and water” and urged people to “act now”. UK aid agencies have launched a […]

Kenya doctors end strike after signing government deal

Kenya doctors end strike after signing government deal

Image copyright AP Image caption Doctors say they need better pay and equipment Doctors in Kenya have agreed to end a 100-day strike that has paralysed the country’s public health system. Union officials representing thousands of striking medical workers have signed an agreement with government officials in the capital, Nairobi. The doctors are to receive […]