Convicted Nigerian fraudster James Ibori wins £1 from UK

Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption James Ibori was jailed in 2012 for money-laundering offences Convicted fraudster and former Nigerian state governor James Ibori has been awarded £1 ($1.30) for being unlawfully detained for 42 hours in the UK. Ibori was jailed in the UK for fraud totalling nearly £50m in 2012. He was due […]

Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and about 50 hurt

Media captionManchester Arena incident after Ariana Grande concert Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at about 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. The cause is unknown but PM Theresa May said her thoughts […]

Gambian ex-President Yahya Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from state

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yahya Jammeh left the country in January after being voted out of power The Gambia’s former president stole “at least” $50m (£38.4m) from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has said. Yahya Jammeh is accused of withdrawing the money via a state telecoms company. […]

South Africa’s Western Cape declares drought disaster

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Western Cape is experiencing the worst drought in more than a century South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years. Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like […]

Zimbabwe hunter ‘crushed to death by shot elephant’

Image copyright TB Big Game Hounds Image caption Mr Botha’s website showcases various animals he had hunted across his career A professional big-game hunter was crushed to death by an elephant that had been shot, according to reports in South Africa. The Netwerk24 website said an elephant cow stormed a group headed by Theunis Botha […]

UK racist jailed for attacking Somali woman

Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption David Gallacher was described by the judge as a “shabby racist” and a “thug” A “shabby racist” who repeatedly kicked a pregnant Muslim woman, resulting in her losing her unborn baby, has been jailed for almost four years. David Gallacher, 37, of no fixed address, attacked Samsam Haji-Ali, […]

$5 solar light designed for Africa

Image copyright Inventid A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world’s most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries. It was developed in collaboration with China’s Yingli and charity Solar Aid. […]

Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

Media captionEmotions – whether tears or laughter – ran high at the reunion A group of the “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families. The 82 girls, who were part of a huge group kidnapped from their school in 2014, are in the care of security services in […]

Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations

Media captionAnti-Temer protesters in Belem could be seen throwing a metal panel towards police, who responded with tear gas Brazilian President Michel Temer has taken millions of dollars in bribes since 2010, according to testimony released by the Supreme Court. The plea-bargain testimony came from bosses of a giant meat-packing firm. If confirmed, the accusations […]

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Image copyright AFP The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”. Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this […]