Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine days

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta insists his election victory was valid Kenya’s new presidential election has been delayed to 26 October, after the country’s polls commission sought more time to reform voting processes. The re-run had originally been scheduled for 17 October. The move came as President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the […]

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

Image copyright Jessica Thompson Image caption Burials at Mount Hora in Malawi yielded DNA used in the study DNA from ancient remains has been used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa. Researchers sequenced the genomes of 16 individuals who lived between 8,000 and 1,000 years ago. The data shows how the […]

Where is ‘Nambia’? President Trump ‘invents’ African country

Media captionPresident Donald Trump on ‘Nambia’ and Africa’s ‘business potential’ “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” said US President Donald Trump at a lunch with African leaders in New York on Wednesday, reeling off a list of their nations’ achievements. But no such country exists. Could the US leader have been referring to Namibia? Zambia? […]

Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers dug through toppled buildings in Mexico City for a second night Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One is a 12-year-old girl, identified as Frida Sofia, who is believed to be […]

Where is Nambia? President Trump ‘invents’ African country

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump also met African leaders at the G7 summit in May “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” said US President Donald Trump at a lunch with African leaders in New York on Wednesday, reeling off a list of their nations’ achievements. But no such country exists. Could the US […]

Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission

Image copyright AFP Image caption The judges ruled by a 4-2 majority to annul the 8 August election Kenya’s Supreme Court has blamed the country’s electoral commission (IEBC) for its decision to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges said the 8 August poll was “neither transparent or verifiable”. Deputy Chief Justice Philomena […]

Togo protests: Why are people marching against Faure Gnassingbé?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-government protests have spread across the country A new round of demonstrations is expected across Togo as the country grapples with an unprecedented political crisis, brought about by calls for the introduction of presidential term limits. Faure Gnassingbé has been head of state since 2005 when he took over from […]

Mexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200

Media captionMoments after the earthquake hit A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed. The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage […]

David Maraga hits back at ‘threats’ over Kenya election re-run

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga said he was “prepared to pay the ultimate price” to protect the rule of law Threats against Kenya’s judiciary are increasing after a Supreme Court ruling to invalidate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s election, the chief justice says. The “savage” demonstrations are “intended […]

Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Media captionFootage from Martinique shows early devastating winds Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. “We have lost all that money can buy,” he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island. Earlier Mr […]

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