Anger over Mogadishu bomb attack boils over into streets

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead at the scene of Somalia’s bomb attack A red bandana has become the new symbol of protest in Mogadishu as anger over the city’s most destructive bomb attack is boiling over on to the streets. Men and women in the city, security officers, even government officials – all are wearing […]

Lamine Diack charged with Rio corruption

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carlos Nuzman is accused of organising the payment of a $2m bribe Prosecutors in Brazil have formally charged the former head of the country’s Olympics committee with corruption over the Rio games. A payment of $2m (£1.52m) was allegedly made to secure votes for the Rio bid. Carlos Nuzman denies […]

SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Danny Jordaan is a prominent member of the governing ANC party South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country’s football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. He “overpowered” her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has […]

UK banks ‘linked to SA money laundering’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Many protesters are highly critical of the Gupta family UK financial regulators and the Serious Fraud Office are to review if banks HSBC and Standard Chartered are linked to a South Africa corruption scandal. It comes after Lord Peter Hain said the banks may “inadvertently have been conduits” for […]

Dare Not Linger: Mandela’s book sequel launched in South Africa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nelson Mandela (centre) with his wife Winnie following his release from prison in 1990 The new instalment of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg. Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa’s president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his […]

Trump denies ‘insensitive’ remarks to soldier’s widow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump has been criticised for the alleged remarks US President Donald Trump has said a lawmaker’s claim he made a soldier’s widow cry is “totally fabricated”. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson said she was shocked by the president’s comments to the bereaved wife of a fallen soldier. The Democratic lawmaker […]

Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roselyn Akombe says it would be “suicidal” for her to think she would be safe A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or […]

Kenya election official resigns, saying poll ‘not credible’

Image copyright BBC World Service Newsday programme Image caption Roselyn Akombe said she did not “feel safe enough to be able to go home” in the foreseeable future A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was […]

Somalia blood appeal after Mogadishu truck bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many of those died in the explosion are unable to be formally identified Somalia is appealing for blood to treat those wounded in Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which killed at least 281 people. Information Minister Abdirahman Osman told the BBC the death toll was likely to […]

Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ falls to US-backed Syrian forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. […]

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