Nigeria church which collapsed killing dozens ‘had structural faults’

Nigeria church which collapsed killing dozens ‘had structural faults’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Reigners Bible Church was still under construction when it hosted hundreds of people for the consecration of a bishop A church in Nigeria that collapsed last Saturday killing dozens of people had multiple structural faults and no building permit, regulators say. The authorities ordered construction to stop on several occasions […]

China ‘seizes US vessel’ in S China Sea

China ‘seizes US vessel’ in S China Sea

Image copyright US Navy Image caption The USNS Bowditch was in the region to conduct research The US has issued a formal request to China to deliver an unmanned underwater drone that was seized in international waters, US officials say. The Chinese navy seized the US underwater research vessel in the South China Sea on […]

Nigeria church which collapsed killing dozens ‘had structural faults’

Nigeria church which collapsed killing dozens ‘had structural faults’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Reigners Bible Church was still under construction when it hosted hundreds of people for the consecration of a bishop A church in Nigeria that collapsed last Saturday killing dozens of people had multiple structural faults and no building permit, regulators say. The authorities ordered construction to stop on several occasions […]

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed

Image copyright AFP Image caption An official said Friday’s attack was the biggest jihadist assault ever carried out against the army Twelve soldiers have been killed and two are missing after an attack by Islamist militants near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the army has said. Insurgents who carried out the attack did so on […]

Jacob Zuma speech: Tent blows away in the middle of a speech

Jacob Zuma speech: Tent blows away in the middle of a speech

Image copyright SABC Image caption There were hundreds of people in the audience when a storm lifted the marquee South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma was forced to run for cover after a tent in which he was giving a speech collapsed. Strong winds and rain tore through the marquee, where Mr Zuma was addressing a […]

Tanzanian police charge Jamii Forums founder

Tanzanian police charge Jamii Forums founder

Image copyright Jamii Forums The co-founder of a Tanzanian whistle-blowing website has been charged with obstructing an investigation after not handing over the details of people who post on the site to the police. Maxence Melo, a director of Jamii Forums message boards, was charged under a controversial cybercrimes law. The government said the law […]

South Africa’s one-woman cricket team

South Africa’s one-woman cricket team

Having already hit 160, Swart took two wickets in a dominant display in Pretoria Have you ever played in one those games where you wonder why the rest of your team-mates bothered turning up at all? Well spare a thought for Mpumalanga batter Shania-Lee Swart, who was the only player to score a run as […]

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Image copyright AFP Vintage aeroplanes mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s have finished a 13,000km (8,000 miles) rally flying from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town in South Africa. The rally began in November and pilots have had adventure-filled journeys. The planes have mostly open cockpits and are equipped with only rudimentary […]

Gambia election row: Adama Barrow to declare himself president

Gambia election row: Adama Barrow to declare himself president

Image copyright Reuters/AFP Image caption Adama Barrow, left, defeated Yahya Jammeh, right, by a small margin The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has told the BBC he will declare himself president on 18 January despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the election result. He said his team was preparing for his inauguration and he urged Mr […]

Mozambique’s Valentina Guebuza ‘killed by husband’

Mozambique’s Valentina Guebuza ‘killed by husband’

Image copyright Ferhat Momade Image caption Mrs Guebuza headed a family-owned investment company One of Mozambique’s richest women, Valentina Guebuza, has been shot dead by her husband in a case of domestic violence, police say. Zofino Muiuane was arrested after Mrs Guebuza was killed at their home in the capital, Maputo, police said. Mrs Guebuza, […]