Alleged Nigerian kingpin ‘kidnapper’ Evans sues police chief

Image caption Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike(L) and alleged accomplices An alleged head of a kidnapping ring in Lagos, Nigeria is suing the Inspector-General of Police. Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, who is better known as Evans, says he was unlawfully detained and a subject of trial by media. He stated that he should be charged or released. Police have told […]

Malawi and Unicef launch drone air corridor

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kasungu aerodrome will be exclusively used for testing humanitarian drones for a year Malawi has launched Africa’s first air corridor to test the use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, in humanitarian missions in partnership with the UN children’s agency, Unicef. Kasungu Aerodrome, in central Malawi, will be exclusively used […]

Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown

Image copyright Tim Lambon/Greenpeace Image caption Ken Saro-Wiwa was the best known of the nine Ogoni activists executed in 1995 The widows of four men executed by Nigeria’s military regime in 1995 are suing oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown. The civil case, filed in The Hague in the Netherlands, argues […]

Australian cardinal charged with sex offences

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing The Vatican treasurer and Australia’s most senior Catholic figure Cardinal George Pell has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged “historical” incidents, police in the state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one […]

Brazil Temer: Car rams gate of presidential palace

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters daubed “Temer out” on the street outside the palace in September A car has rammed the gate of the Brazilian president’s palace in the capital Brasilia as pressure grows on Michel Temer to resign. Security forces fired warning shots and the driver, who is underage, was detained, a government […]

Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of Ethiopians have been attracted to Saudi Arabia by the job opportunities Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving , the Ethiopian government has said. Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC […]

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter ‘launches attack’ on Supreme Court

Media captionVideo shows the helicopter ‘attack’ over Caracas Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicol├ís Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have […]

George Soros ‘plotted to oust Equatorial Guinea’s leader’

Image copyright EPA Image caption US billionaire George Soros has not commented on the claims Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow the country’s government. He said he had warned President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest […]

Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

Image copyright Borno State Image caption The trenches are designed to make it impossible for the militants to drive into the university Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants. On Sunday three suicide bombers attacked the university […]