Tunis zoo to close temporarily after visitors stone crocodile

Tunis zoo to close temporarily after visitors stone crocodile

Image copyright AFP Image caption Belvedere Zoo has long faced problems with litter and visitors’ behaviour A zoo in the Tunisian capital is to close temporarily after visitors stoned a crocodile to death. The Belvedere Zoo posted pictures of the bloodied reptile, with a paving stone and rock next to its head, on its Facebook […]

Ex-journalist arrested over US Jewish centre threats

Ex-journalist arrested over US Jewish centre threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Las Vegas area Jewish centre is searched for bombs after a suspicious phone call A former journalist has been arrested on suspicion of making threats against Jewish community centres – in a bizarre plot against an ex-girlfriend. Juan Thompson, 31, “allegedly caused havoc, expending hundreds of hours of […]

‘First chemical attack’ in Mosul battle injures twelve

‘First chemical attack’ in Mosul battle injures twelve

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS has been accused by both US and Iraqi officials of using rudimentary chemical weapons Twelve civilians have been injured in Mosul in what appears to be the first chemical weapon attack in the battle for the IS stronghold. A doctor from the International Red Cross (ICRC), based in nearby […]

Mike Pence accused of ‘staggering hypocrisy’ on private email

Mike Pence accused of ‘staggering hypocrisy’ on private email

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption During his campaign, Mr Pence was a harsh critic of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email US Vice-President Mike Pence has been accused of hypocrisy after it emerged he used a private email as Indiana governor to conduct state business. He contacted advisers on terrorism and homeland security […]

Zimbabwe hit by deadly floods after drought

Zimbabwe hit by deadly floods after drought

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabweans have experienced both drought and flooding in the space of a few months Zimbabwe has appealed for $100m (£82m) to help those hit by floods that have killed 246 people since December. Officials say floods, which follow a crippling drought, have swept through villages, destroying roads, crops and livestock […]

Sickle cell gene therapy: ‘It gives me joy and hope’

Sickle cell gene therapy: ‘It gives me joy and hope’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Healthy red blood cells are round, but the genetic defect makes them sickle shaped Sia Evelyn Nyandemo, originally from Sierra Leone, runs a campaign group to support sickle cell sufferers. She spoke to the BBC’s Newsday programme about caring for her daughter who has the disease and her reaction to […]

South Africa hospital roof collapse – everyone rescued

Media captionSouth Africa hospital roof collapses South African rescue workers have managed to evacuate everyone trapped under rubble after the roof of a major Johannesburg hospital collapsed on Thursday. The roof caved in at the reception area of the Charlotte Maxeke state hospital as construction work was under way to seal a leak, officials say. […]

Zimbabwe bans the beating of children

Zimbabwe bans the beating of children

Image copyright AFP Image caption Corporal punishment is common in schools in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe’s High Court has outlawed corporal punishment for children both at school and in the home. The ruling comes after a parent complained that her child in grade one, a class for six-year-olds, had deep bruises after a beating by a teacher. […]

Richard Thole: Hopes fade for boy lost in SA mineshaft

Richard Thole: Hopes fade for boy lost in SA mineshaft

Image caption Richard Thole fell inside an old mineshaft almost a week ago Hope is fading in South Africa for the family of a five-year-old boy who fell into a disused mineshaft, after a number of failed rescue attempts. Richard Thole was playing next to his family’s shack near Johannesburg when the ground gave in […]

Ebola nurse Salome Karwah died after hospital neglect, husband says

Ebola nurse Salome Karwah died after hospital neglect, husband says

Image copyright Time Magazine Image caption Salome Karwah is survived by her husband and four children Liberian nurse Salome Karwah was one of those named as Time magazine’s person of the year in 2014 for her frontline work against Ebola. She died in Monrovia last week after giving birth to a son. Her husband told […]