Syria conflict: Bomb kills dozens in Azaz on Turkish border

Syria conflict: Bomb kills dozens in Azaz on Turkish border

Image copyright AFP Image caption Most of the victims of the Azaz attack were reported to be civilians At least 43 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, near the Turkish border, reports say. The explosion occurred outside a courthouse in the town, some just 7km […]

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo to be sworn in as president

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo to be sworn in as president

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Akufo-Addo also ran for president in 2008 and 2012 Nana Akufo-Addo is to be sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating incumbent leader John Mahama in last month’s election. Some 11 African heads of state and more than 6,000 people are expected in the ceremony in the capital, […]

Ivory Coast’s Bouake, Daloa and Korogho hit by shooting

Ivory Coast’s Bouake, Daloa and Korogho hit by shooting

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The government has called on the troops to return to barracks Gunfire has been heard in three cities in Ivory Coast in a mutiny by soldiers over pay, officials say. The mutineers seized weapons from two police stations in the country’s second city, Bouake, and took up positions at its […]

Drugs gang ‘kills 33 inmates’ in Brazilian jail

Drugs gang ‘kills 33 inmates’ in Brazilian jail

At least 33 prisoners have been killed in a prison in northern Brazil, just days after 56 died during a jail riot in a neighbouring state. The local secretary of Justice Uziel Castro told the BBC he blamed the deaths in the prison in the state of Roraima on a drug gang. He said some […]

Ivory Coast’s Bouake and Daloa hit by shooting

Ivory Coast’s Bouake and Daloa hit by shooting

Image copyright AFP Gunfire has been heard in two cities in Ivory Coast in a suspected mutiny by soldiers, military sources and local residents say. The mutineers seized weapons from two police stations in the country’s second city, Bouake, and took up positions at its entry points, according to reports. Gunfire has also reportedly been […]

Leicester City complete signing of Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester City complete signing of Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

Ndidi helped Genk reach the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League after they finished top of their group Leicester City have signed defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for a reported £15m from Belgian side Genk. The 20-year-old Nigeria international completed his move on Thursday after a work permit was approved, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. Ndidi […]

Riyad Mahrez: Leicester winger is named Africa’s best player

Riyad Mahrez: Leicester winger is named Africa’s best player

Riyad Mahrez completed a hat-trick of awards for 2016 Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Confederation of African Football’s player of the year award. The 25-year-old Algerian, who helped Leicester to the Premier League title, is also the PFA Player of the Year and BBC African Footballer of the Year. Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese forward […]

Nigerian Chibok girl found with her six-month-old baby

Nigerian Chibok girl found with her six-month-old baby

Image copyright AP Image caption Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014 The Nigerian army says that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls has been found, along with her six-month-old baby. She was discovered by soldiers investigating suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Nigeria’s military said the […]

GM malaria vaccine ‘milestone’

GM malaria vaccine ‘milestone’

Image copyright SPL A malaria vaccine that uses a weakened form of the parasite has passed a “critical milestone” in human safety trials, say researchers. Doctors used a genetically modified form of malaria that was unable to cause a full infection in people. Trials, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggested it was safe […]

‘No charges’ for French troops over CAR child sex allegations

‘No charges’ for French troops over CAR child sex allegations

Image copyright AFP Image caption French troops were accused of abusing children as young as nine Six French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in the Central African Republic (CAR) have not been charged following a criminal inquiry. Investigating judges found no evidence to warrant further investigation, the prosecutor’s office in Paris confirmed to the […]