Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Morocco has not made any official announcement on the policy Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports. Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock, the reports stated. There was no […]

World Cup: Fifa to expand competition to 48 teams after vote

Media playback is not supported on this device Expansion is 21st century move – Infantino The World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams, up from 32, Fifa has decided. An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for […]

Defeated Mahama ‘refused permission’ to keep official residence

Defeated Mahama ‘refused permission’ to keep official residence

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Refusing to budge – Mr Mahama accepted election defeat but won’t give up the house Ghana’s former President John Mahama has not been given permission to stay in the house he occupied while in office, an official says. Mr Mahama’s failure to vacate the house when his term ended on […]

Jeff Sessions, US attorney general nominee, faces rough ride

Image copyright Reuters President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the new attorney general is poised to get a rough ride when he appears before US senators. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, 69, will face questions about his past record on civil rights at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Senate Democrats will also challenge him over his […]

Deadly blasts near Afghan parliament

Deadly blasts near Afghan parliament

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Afghan police stand guard at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan At least 22 people have been killed and 70 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, officials say. The attack took place during rush hour, as staff were leaving the parliament complex. […]

Jammeh’s Gambia election challenge postponed until May

Jammeh’s Gambia election challenge postponed until May

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yahya Jammeh has governed The Gambia for 22 years The Gambia’s Supreme Court is unable to hear the petition seeking to annul last month’s election until May, chief justice Emmanuel Fagbenle says. The Nigerian judge due to oversee the seven-member panel was not available till then, he said. Longstanding ruler […]

Hiddleston sorry for S Sudan anecdote

Hiddleston sorry for S Sudan anecdote

Image copyright NBC Image caption Hiddleston’s award was one of three Golden Globes won by The Night Manager Actor Tom Hiddleston has apologised for his much-criticised acceptance speech at the Golden Globe awards, admitting it was “inelegantly expressed”. “I was very nervous and my words just came out wrong,” he wrote on Facebook. The Night […]

Uganda’s Museveni promotes son to special adviser role

Uganda’s Museveni promotes son to special adviser role

Image copyright AFP Image caption Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 42, was promoted from brigadier to major general last year Uganda’s leader Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders. Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed […]

Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named

Media captionIs Chamseddine al-Sandi the “mastermind”? Panorama investigates A BBC investigation has identified the man accused of organising the terror attack on a beach that killed 38 people in Tunisia. Chamseddine al-Sandi is described as the “mastermind” behind the attack in documents obtained by Panorama. He is named in confessions from suspects who were arrested […]

Rwanda: Body of King Kigeli V repatriated after court battle

Rwanda: Body of King Kigeli V repatriated after court battle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption King Kigeli V of Rwanda (front) ruled for less than a year before being forced into exile The body of Rwanda’s last king, Kigeli V, has been flown back to Kigali after a legal battle among his relatives about where he should be buried. King Kigeli died last October, […]