Syria conflict: Bombs rain down as truce hopes rise

Media captionDozens were killed in rebel-held Idlib, following an air strike on the market Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria reportedly killed at least 100 people hours after the US and Russia announced plans for a truce. An air strike on a market in Idlib killed up to 60 people while at least 45 […]

Tanzania earthquake kills 11 and injures 192

Tanzania earthquake kills 11 and injures 192

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 11 people and injured 192 in northern Tanzania, the authorities say. The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria. Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties […]

Tanzania earthquake kills 10 and injures 192

Tanzania earthquake kills 10 and injures 192

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 11 people and injured 192 in northern Tanzania, the authorities say. The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria. Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties […]

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves

Media captionJohn Kerry: “If this arrangement holds then we will see a significant reduction in violence across Syria” Russia and the US have announced an agreement on Syria starting with a “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. […]

Facebook U-turn over ‘Napalm girl’ photograph

Facebook U-turn over ‘Napalm girl’ photograph

Image copyright Aftenposten/Nick Ut Image caption Espen Egil Hansen is editor of Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper. Facebook says it will allow an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a Napalm attack taken during the Vietnam war in 1972 to be used on its platform. It had previously removed the image, posted by a Norwegian author, […]

Texas mattress shop closes over ‘tasteless’ 9/11 ad

Texas mattress shop closes over ‘tasteless’ 9/11 ad

Image caption At the end of the advert staff knock over two towers of mattresses A Texas mattress shop is to close after facing a backlash for a 9/11-themed advert described as “tasteless”. Miracle Mattress faced strong criticism after its “twin tower sale” offered every mattress sold on the anniversary of the attacks for the […]

North Korea’s ‘biggest’ nuclear test sparks sanctions push

Media captionA North Korean TV presenter reads out the news The UN Security Council has agreed to begin drawing up new sanctions against North Korea over its fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test. The decision was taken at an urgent meeting of the 15-member council. South Korea earlier accused the North’s leader Kim Jong-un of […]

Rapper Bobby Shmurda agrees to plea deal on conspiracy charges

Rapper Bobby Shmurda agrees to plea deal on conspiracy charges

Image copyright AP Image caption Some of the lyrics in Bobby Shmurda’s songs refer to gangs, drugs and weapons US rapper Bobby Shmurda has agreed to a plea deal on charges of conspiracy and possession of a weapon. Under the deal, he will face a minimum of seven years in prison to avoid going on […]

Kenyan Muslims can wear hijab at Christian schools – court

Kenyan Muslims can wear hijab at Christian schools – court

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muslim schoolgirls could wear hijabs at other schools like this one in Dadaab A court in Kenya has ruled that Christian schools may not ban Muslim girls from wearing hijabs as part of their uniforms. A church-run school had banned female pupils from wearing the headscarf, saying that allowing students […]

Zimbabwe to cut 25,000 civil service jobs

Zimbabwe to cut 25,000 civil service jobs

Image copyright AFP Image caption Patrick Chinamasa wants to cut the government wage bill by $118m (389m) Zimbabwe’s government is axing 25,000 civil service jobs in an effort to rein in government spending. It is also cancelling annual bonus payments as part of a series of measures aimed at saving $118m (£89m) in employment costs. […]