Somalia truck bomb targets Mogadishu’s SYL Hotel

Somalia truck bomb targets Mogadishu’s SYL Hotel

Image copyright Somali News Agency Image caption A security conference was reportedly scheduled to be taking place at the SYL Hotel A truck bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in a heavily secured area close to the gates of the presidential palace. A BBC reporter says politicians are among the injured […]

Early human ancestor Lucy ‘died falling out of a tree’

Early human ancestor Lucy ‘died falling out of a tree’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Lucy is one of the oldest and most complete fossils of any human ancestor New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” by scientists died falling from a great height – probably out of a tree. CT scans have shown injuries to her bones similar […]

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial

Media captionRousseff tells the Senate: “I look in your eyes [with] nothing to hide” Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate. She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit. Ms Rousseff said her conscience was “absolutely clean” and that she had […]

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkey says it will not tolerate Kurdish forces operating west of the Euphrates The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is “unacceptable” and must stop. Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were a “source of deep concern”, the […]

Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister

Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister

Image caption Protesters of all ages have been gathering outside the school gates this morning in solidarity A South African minister has thrown his support behind protesting female students, who accuse their high school of operating a racist hair policy. Pupils at the private Pretoria Girls High say they have been repeatedly warned to straighten […]

Italy earthquake: Wooden houses planned for survivors

Italy earthquake: Wooden houses planned for survivors

Image copyright AP Image caption The Arquata del Tronto tented camp – one of several in the earthquake zone Italy plans to build simple, wooden chalet-style huts within three months for the 2,500 people displaced by the 24 August earthquake. Italian media say the structures – used in Onna after a devastating 2009 earthquake – […]

Brussels crime lab fire: Blaze ‘was started to destroy evidence’

Brussels crime lab fire: Blaze ‘was started to destroy evidence’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A vehicle was used to break through barriers before it was destroyed by fire Attackers rammed a car through the gates of a Brussels crime laboratory before starting a fire to destroy forensic evidence, prosecutors say. Prosecutor’s spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch said a car broke through fences at about […]

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 […]